Hoosiers Close Home Slate with 83-59 Win Over Northwestern
Feb. 22, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Five scored in double figures as the Indiana women's basketball team closed its home season with an 83-59 win over Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 22, in Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers (17-10, 6-9 Big Ten) darted out to an 8-0 lead, only to see the Wildcats (8-21, 2-14) respond with 10 unanswered points to take the 10-8 advantage. However, the Hoosiers bounced back immediately, outscoring Northwestern, 37-12, to take a 49-22 lead into the break.
McKay and Braun combined for 22 points in the first stanza, while Braun grabbed six boards.
The Wildcats used a 21-8 run in the second half to cut Indiana's lead to 14, but a 3-pointer from Kim Roberson sparked a 10-0 Hoosier run that increased its lead to 25, 68-43, with 10:13 remaining in the game. The Hoosiers never looked back, maintaining at least a 21-point lead en route to an 83-59 victory.
Indiana shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor and 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from downtown. The Hoosiers also won the battle on the boards, 39-31, and tallied 11 steals off of 21 Northwestern miscues.
McKay sank 7-of-13 from the field and hit a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. Roberson and Smith combined for all six of IU's 3-pointers. Braun registered a game-high nine rebounds, six of which were off the offensive glass, and Roberson came away with five steals.
Northwestern had four players reach double figures and were led by A.J. Glasauer with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field.
The Hoosiers wrap up the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 25, when they visit Penn State. Tip-off against the Lady Lions is slated for 2 p.m. ET.
Indiana vs. Northwestern
Head Coach Felisha Leggette-Jack
We came out focused, and because of their love for those three women, our kids came out and played really nice-looking basketball in the first 20 minutes. We struggled a little bit in the second half but they bounced back, and that just shows you how important they are to us."
On having such a large lead at halftime and the impact that it had on the team:
On what the team has to do to improve heading into the postseason:
Senior center Sarah McKay
Senior guard Leah Enterline
Freshman guard Jamie Braun
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