Hoosiers Fall to No. 17 Ohio State, 79-67
Feb. 22, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four Hoosiers (17-9, 10-7) reached double-digit points, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball fell to No. 17 Ohio State, 79-67, in Assembly Hall.
Sophomore Jori Davis led Indiana with 17 points, while senior Amber Jackson scored 14 and added five rebounds. Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded the 31st double-double of her career with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. She also tied a career-high with seven assists and added one steal. Senior Kim Roberson netted 11 points and added three steals in the effort.
"Sundays have not been kind to us," IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "This is the third Sunday in a row we had an opportunity and came up short. One thing is for certain...the game is about runs. We had our run early, they had their run second, we had a mini run third, and they finished off with their run."
"I thought we had a great gameplan; I thought we had all the pieces to the puzzle in place," Legette-Jack said. "This is a great effort on our side, competing with a great team, but we fell short."
With the score tied at 10-10 at the 14:47 mark, the Hoosiers used back-to-back baskets from Jackson for a 13-3 run to take a 23-13 lead with 11:26 on the clock. A layup from Ohio State's (22-5, 13-3) Star Allen, followed by a 3-pointer from Brittany Johnson at the 8:57 mark cut IU's lead to five, 23-18, and sparked a 20-10 Buckeye rally that sent both teams into the break tied at 33-33.
The Buckeyes opened the second stanza with a 3-pointer from Johnson, but a six unanswered points by Indiana regained a three-point lead for IU, 39-36, with 16:55 remaining in the half. Ohio State answered with a 26-11 run beginning at the 16:31 mark on a layup from Shavelle Little, to take a 63-50 advantage with 6:21 left in the game. A basket off an inbounds play by Davis at the 5:23 mark ignited a 15-7 Hoosier run to cut Ohio State's lead back to five, 72-67, with 1:02 to go. However, the Buckeyes were able to cap off the 79-67 win with free throws in the closing seconds.
The Hoosiers shot 41.3 percent (26-of-63) from the field on the game, and 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the free throw line. Ohio State won the battle on the boards, 38-31, and shot 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the field and 75.0 percent (18-of-24) from the charity stripe.
"We didn't block out as many times as we needed to block out," Legette-Jack added. "We got 31 rebounds when we shot 41 percent. There were a lot more rebounds for us to get and our goal is to average 40 rebounds a game and we clearly fell short in that regard. And that is a team effort and that is something we are going to work on within this next week."
Head to the Hall on Sunday, March 1 as Indiana closes out the regular season against Michigan at 2 p.m. ET and says goodbye to its four seniors.
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