Women's Basketball

    Indiana Suffers 59-50 Loss to Minnesota

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    Jori Davis
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    Feb. 21, 2010

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite a 22-point effort from junior Jori Davis, the Indiana women's basketball team suffered a 59-50 loss to Minnesota in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 21.

    "I'm a firm believer in hope and faith and I think that something good is going to come out of this," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "Right now we have some sad folks in the locker room and we are trying to find our way. This is a young team. Sometimes it takes a little longer than you anticipate to get the things you think are supposed to happen."

    Davis sank 6-of-18 from the field for the Hoosiers (13-14, 6-10), including a 3-pointer, and made 9-of-11 from the free throw line. She also added six rebound, three steals and two assists in 35 minutes. Senior Jamie Braun recorded nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes, while redshirt freshman Sasha Chaplin tallied eight points, seven rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes.

    "I needed to step up and be the difference in the game in the way it was going," said Davis. "It is my job to step up and lead the team and that's what I was trying to do."

    The Gophers jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first three and a half minutes, but the Hoosiers fought back and used a 7-9 run to cut Minnesota's lead to five, 12-7, with 13:27 on the clock. A jumper from Jackie Voigt at the 11:35 mark kept the Gophers at a seven-point edge, but the Hoosiers answered with a jumper and 3-pointer from junior Andrea McGuirt to keep the difference at five, 17-12, with 10:15 remaining. Minnesota used a 12-8 run to increase its advantage to nine, 27-18, with 16 seconds to play in the first stanza. However a 3-pointer with .02 on the clock by Davis brought Indiana back within six, 29-26, at the break.

    The Hoosiers got on the board first in the second half as Chaplin put in a layup at the 19:26 mark to cut Minnesota's lead to four, 29-25. However, the Gophers answered with a 15-0 run that gave them a 43-25 lead with 12:33 on the clock. A three-point play by Davis at the 12:08 mark ignited an 11-2 run that brought Indiana back within nine, 45-36, with 8:59 to go in the game. Minnesota's Zoe Harper got the line at the 6:54 mark to keep the Gophers up by double-digits, but five straight points from Davis brought IU back within seven points, 49-42, with 3:11 remaining. However in the end, Minnesota was able to hold on to the lead for the 59-50 win.

    Braun made 3-of-12 from the field with a 3-pointer, while Chaplin made 4-of-10 from the floor and grab bed four of her seven boards on the offensive glass.

    Indiana shot 27.4 percent (17-of-62) from the field as a team and 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the free throw line. IU tallied 11 steals off of 23 Minnesota miscues, but was outrebounded, 42-36.

    The Hoosiers return to action on Thursday, Feb. 25, when they travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes at 8 p.m. ET. Indiana will celebrate Senior Day and National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday, Feb. 28, when it plays host to Penn State on the Big Ten Network at 4 p.m. ET.

    Postgame Notes:
    Jori Davis recorded her 23rd double-figure scoring game with 22 points. It was the 10th time this season that she has netted 20-plus points. She is now 23 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
    Jamie Braun increased totals in several career categories: Points - 1,544 (ranks 7th), Rebounds - 659 (ranks 10th), Assists - 368 (ranks 5th) and steals - 216 (ranks 4th).




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