Indiana Rolls Past Illinois on Senior Day, 79-61
Feb. 22, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak and won its final home game of the regular season Saturday afternoon over Illinois, 79-61. It was senior day for IU's Sasha Chaplin, Milika Taufa, Andrea Newbauer, Simone Deloach Tabitha Gerardot.
A trio of freshman led the way for IU in Larryn Brooks with 20 points and nine assists, Alexis Gassion with 17 points and a career-high four steals, and Taylor Agler with 13 points in the winning effort.
Deloach scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds in her final home regular season game. Four Hoosiers scored in double figures for the fourth time this season.
IU opened the game with a 20-5 run and held Illinois to two field goals over the first eight minutes of play. Back-to-back three pointers by Illinois made it a 31-22 Indiana lead with 3:30 left in the first half. Deloach scored six straight points to expand IU's lead to 37-22. Gassion hit a buzzer beater shot on a tip in to give the Hoosiers a 43-26 edge heading into halftime.
Indiana shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) in the first half overall and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from 3-point range.
The Illini came out of the locker room fighting, scoring the first three field goals, but Indiana would not let Illinois cut the lead any further. With a Brooks 3-pointer at the 7:27 mark, IU set a school record for 3-point field goals made in a single season (205). This broke the previous record (204) set during the 1997-1998 season.
The Hoosiers led the entire game, with their biggest lead of 21 coming with 4:32 to play in the second half. The last time Illinois had the game to within single digits was with 11:34 in the first half (20-12).
Indiana will travel to Minnesota on Thursday, Feb. 27, to take on the Golden Gophers in the second to last game of the regular season at 8 pm ET.
The series sweep over Illinois is Indiana's first season sweep in Big Ten play since the 2009-10 season.
The Hoosiers won their 18th game of the season, the most since the 2008-09 season when IU won 21 games.
Indiana started the game on a 20-4 run and held Illinois to two field goals over the first eight minutes of the game.
With a 3-pointer at the 7:27 mark of the second half by freshman Larryn Brooks, the Hoosiers set a school record for 3-point field goals made in a season (205), breaking the previous record (204) set during the 1997-98 season.
The Hoosiers had four players score in double figures for the fifth time this season (Larryn Brooks-20, Alexis Gassion-17, Simone Deloach-14, Taylor Agler-13). IU is 5-0 whenever four players score in double figures.
Indiana had 19 assists for the game and have combined for 37 assists in their last two games. The 19 assists ties for IU's second highest total in Big Ten play.
The Hoosiers shot 30-for-52 from the floor (57.7 percent) their best percentage in Big Ten play.
Indiana forced Illinois into 16 turnovers and held a 27-11 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Hoosiers finished with a 42-32 advantage in points in the paint. It is the seventh game this season that Indiana has totaled 40 or more points in the paint and are 7-0 when doing so.
Freshman Larryn Brooks led the Hoosiers as she notched her eighth 20-plus point scoring game with 20 points. Brooks moved into second place on the Indiana freshman single season scoring list and now has 447 points, seven shy of tying the record of 454 set by Dorothy Reffel during the 1979-80 season. Brooks also dished out nine assists.
Freshman Alexis Gassion scored 17 points, her seventh double digit scoring game of the season. Gassion also grabbed seven rebounds and tied her career-high with four steals.
Senior Simone Deloach scored 14 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
Freshman Taylor Agler scored 13 points, her eighth double digit scoring game of the season.
Senior Tabitha Gerardot scored nine points.
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