Andujar Nails Clutch Free Throws to Give IU a Win over Wisconsin, 62-60
Feb. 23, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Danilsa Andujar sunk two late free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining to lift the Hoosiers over Wisconsin on senior night, 62-60. Andujar tied career-highs and accomplished her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Aulani Sinclair led IU with 19 points and Sasha Chaplin added 12 points.
Indiana (6-22, 1-14) came out hot with a 10-0 run to take an early 10-2 lead, ignited by six quick points by Sinclair. An Alisha Goodwin 3-pointer pushed the Hoosiers' lead to 21-9, before Wisconsin's (8-19, 4-11) Taylor Wurtz quickly answered with three points of her own.
After Indiana then upped the lead to 26-14 at the 5:05 mark of the first half. Wisconsin knocked down two 3-pointers as part of a 9-2 run to cut the Indiana lead to five. A jumper by Andujar and a 3-pointer by Candyce Ussery doubled the Hoosiers' lead to 10, but the Badgers closed out the half on a 6-0 run to close the gap to 33-29.
Wisconsin came out shooting in the second half, going on a 5-0 run with Morgan Paige's layup, giving the Badgers their first lead since the 19:16 mark in the first half.
The teams traded one-point leads for more than six minutes until back-to-back buckets by the Badgers gave them a 44-41 advantage at the 13:30 mark. The Hoosiers regained the lead following a 9-0 run started by a Sasha Chaplin layup.
The game stayed closed the rest of the way, with Indiana leading by no more than three points in the final 8:32 of the game. A bucket and made free throw by Wisconsin's Paige tied the game at 58-58. The teams then exchanged a pair of free throws to tie the game at 60 with 1:25 to go.
After grabbing the rebound off Goodwin's missed field goal, Andujar was fouled and sent to the charity stripe with 3.2 seconds remaining. Andujar knocked down both free throws to secure the Hoosiers' 62-60 victory.
Indiana scored 26 points off of 23 Wisconsin turnovers and went a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Andrea Newbauer recorded a career-high 10 assists in the game, her previous high was nine at Ohio State on Feb. 16. As a team, the Hoosiers shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
Indiana will head to West Lafayette to face Purdue in the final game of the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 26. That game will tip at Noon ET and will be live on BTN.
Senior Danilsa Andujar finished with a career-high tying 12 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 5-of-9 from the field and hitting 2-of-2 free throws. She also added two blocks and two steals. Andujar accomplished her fourth double-double of the season and the fifth of her career.
Junior Aulani Sinclair led the team in scoring for the fourth-straight game, tallying 19 points. Sinclair also had six rebounds and a career-high tying three assists. Sinclair has now scored in double-figures in 17 games this season and 31 contests in her career.
Redshirt junior Sasha Chaplin tallied 12 points and added six boards. Chaplin shot 4-of-9 from the field and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Andrea Newbauer dished for a career-high 10 assists in the game, passing her previous career-high of nine assists, which she had at Ohio State on Feb. 16. Newbauer also had five points and two steals.
Senior Alisha Goodwin scored nine points in her final game at Assembly Hall and tied her career-high with three steals.
Indiana forced 23 Wisconsin turnovers and scored 26 points off of those Badger mistakes.
The Hoosiers shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, marking the second time this season Indiana has shot a perfect 100 percent from the charity stripe.
On senior night, IU's two seniors of Andujar and Goodwin combined combined for 21 point, 15 rebounds and five steals. Andujar nailed two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to play to put Indiana ahead for good, 62-60.
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