Hoosiers Fall Just Short at Wisconsin, 65-57
Feb. 23, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana fell behind early and roared back to take a second half lead, but Wisconsin gained the upper hand late to earn the win in Madison, 65-57. The Hoosiers were led in scoring by Jori Davis who finished with 17 points. Hope Elam scored 16 points and Whitney Lindsay added eight.
Wisconsin (15-12, 10-5) came out firing connecting on its first five field goal attempts and jumping out to a 19-5 lead with 12:56 remaining in the first half. Elam silenced that Badger burst with a 3-point field goal that sparked a 7-2 run for Indiana (9-18, 3-12) that cut the UW deficit to nine, 21-12.
The Badgers built their lead back to double-digits to lead 26-14 with 9:07 left in the half, but the Hoosiers were not going anywhere at that point. Elam hit another timely 3-pointer and Simone Deloach later hit a jumper to cut the lead to seven, 26-19, with 6:53 on the clock.
After a Wisconsin bucket, Elam drained a free throw and Deloach grabbed a key offensive board and found an open Alisha Goodwin for a jumper to make it a 28-22 ballgame with 4:05 on the clock. The Badgers hit another field goal, but IU responded with a long jumper from Sinclair with 2:38 left in the half. Goodwin capped the 12-4 Hoosier run to end the half by nailing a jump shot at the horn to take momentum into the locker room and trailing by just four, 30-26.
Indiana started the second stanza where it left the first half as Davis hit a jump shot 16 seconds into the half to cut the lead to two. Wisconsin responded with back-to-back field goals from Lin Zastrow to make the score 34-28 with 17:56 to play in the game.
Elam then found herself open and connected on jumper to cut the lead to four, 34-30. After a Badger free throw, Davis found Lindsay who hit from beyond the arc to cut the UW lead to two, 35-33, with 16:00 remaining. Indiana then tied the game on an Aulani Sinclair layup.
Wisconsin connected again for one at the charity stripe, but Davis followed by driving and hitting a baseline jumper to give IU its first lead of the night, 37-36, at the 13:27 mark. Davis then capped a 12-2 Hoosier spurt with a 3-point field goal to give Indiana a 40-36 advantage.
The Badgers worked their way back into the game to tie it at 44-44, but Elam continued her hot shooting with a long distance make to give IU the advantage again, 47-44. Wisconsin then went on a 9-0 run capped by a pair of free throws from Zastrow at the 6:55 mark and the score favored the Badgers, 53-47.
IU again responded with an old fashioned three-point play from Lindsay with a layup and free throw. Lindsay followed that with a runaway layup with 6:12 remaining in the game and the deficit just one, 53-52.
Alyssa Karel hit a layup for Wisconsin to give the Badgers back a three-point advantage, but just as she had done the entire half, Davis nailed a tough layup to make it a 55-54 score. Wisconsin then used a 6-1 run to make a 61-55 game with 1:23 left.
Davis again took it upon herself to make a timely shot as the Hoosiers faced a four-point deficit, 61-57, with 1:14 on the clock. But that was as close as the IU would come as the Badgers hit free throws down the stretch to earn the home victory.
"What a fun game we had out there, two teams battling it out," IU Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "Our team is getting better every day. We're brewing for something significant. I'm really proud of the effort of our kids, I love our character. Through a lot of questionable thought processes out there on that court, we kept our head high and we stayed focused."
Indiana's bench outscored Wisconsin's 28-9 and the Hoosiers also won the offensive glass battle, 14-7. The Badgers shot 48.8 percent for the game and Zastrow led the way with 21 points.
The Hoosiers will welcome Iowa to Bloomington on Sunday, Feb. 27 for the final home game of the season. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET and will be live on the Big Ten Network.
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