Roberson Breaks Steals Record, Hoosiers Defeat Northwestern, 85-67
Feb. 19, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Kim Roberson became Indiana's all-time steals leader as the Hoosiers (17-8, 10-6) posted four players in double-digits to come away with a 85-67 at Northwestern (6-20, 2-13) on Thursday, Feb. 19, in Evanston.
Sophomore Jori Davis led the Hoosiers with a career-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, including five 3-pointers. Senior Amber Jackson scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and added seven rebounds. Roberson recorded 16 points and ended the game with three steals to become IU's new all-time steals leader with 233 steals. She passed teammate Whitney Thomas and former Hoosier Jenny DeMuth (2002-06), who entered the game in a three-way tie at 230 career steals. Junior Jamie Braun recorded 10 points and added a team-best seven assists.
"Joe McKeown is one of the best coaches in the country; I have the utmost respect for him and what he's doing," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "This late in the season, everybody is trying to get their craft together. He's working on his craft, just as much as I'm working on mine. We expected them to be a better team and they were, but our team stepped up and we are a better team right now."
"Jori was brought here to be a program changer, and she's been waiting and waiting because she's just a sophomore, but her time is now," Legette-Jack added. "We've been meeting with her a lot and showing her where she can help us and where she was hurting us, and she has been really accepting to the information that we have been giving her."
The Hoosiers and Wildcats battled throughout the first half, knotting the game eight times and trading the lead six times. Northwestern scored first on a Brittany Orban 3-pointer at the 19:31 mark to take a 3-0 lead, and Indiana scored last on a pair of free throws from Whitney Thomas with 1:04 left in the half to send the teams into the break with the Hoosiers leading, 35-34.
Roberson led IU in the first stanza with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including a 3-pointer at the 5:46 mark. Roberson also became Indiana's all-time steals leader when she got Jenny Eckhart with 16:29 on the clock. She tallied two steals in the first half, while Davis scored seven points and Lindsay Enterline netted six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
Indiana scored first in the second half on a jumper by Jackson to start a 5-1 Hoosier run to put IU up by five, 40-35, with 19:09 on the clock. With 18:51 on the clock, the Wildcats put together a 14-6 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from Maggie Mocchi, to take a 49-46 lead with 14:27 left to play. A free throw from Ashlee Mells at the 13:29 mark, followed by a 3-pointer from Whitney Lindsay with 12:51 on the clock brought Indiana back within on, 51-50, but a pair of free throws from Orban with 12:04 left to play kept the NU advantage at three, 53-50.
A free throw from Jackson at the 11:33 mark ignited another Hoosier run, this time 22-8, to give IU a 73-61 lead with 3:46 to go. A basket from Kristin Cartwright with 3:22 on the clock was Northwestern's first field goal since the 8:03 mark, but Indiana answered with a 3-pointer from Davis to increase the Hoosiers' lead to 75-63. Indiana held on for the 85-67 win.
The Hoosiers shot 54.0 percent (27-of-50) from the field and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the 3-point line. IU 3-point shooting percentage is the best single-game percentage in school history and its 11 3's ranks third all-time in the single-game record book. The Hoosiers held the Wildcats to 37.1 percent (23-of-62) shooting. Northwestern won the battle of the boards, 37-32, but Indiana converted seven steals off of 13 NU miscues.
Indiana will host No. 17 Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 22, as the Hoosiers will Think Pink on ESPN2. Tip-off against the Buckeyes is set for 4 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall.
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