Hoosiers Fall Short at Illinois, 73-60
Feb. 23, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior Jasmine McGhee scored 25 points for the Indiana women's basketball team as the Hoosiers fell short on the road at Illinois on Sunday afternoon, 73-60. It marked McGhee's second-straight game of scoring 25 or more points as Linda Rubene added 12 points and Aulani Sinclair scored 10 for IU.
The Illini came out strong defensively and used four early IU (11-16, 2-12) turnovers to take a 13-3 lead in the first 4:01 of the game. After settling into the flow of the game, the Hoosiers cut into that deficit to make it 17-11 score after a Sinclair jumper at the 13:21 mark.
Illinois (16-10, 9-5) scored the next five points to get its lead back into double digits before McGhee connected on a 3-point field goal and Sasha Chaplin hit a pair of free throws to make it a six point margin again, 22-16.
McGhee later made it a two possession game once more, 25-19, which was followed by a 13-5 Illini run to make it a 38-25 lead for the home team with 3:40 to go. McGhee then continued her strong half to halt that run momentarily with a field goal. Illinois would go on to take a 42-28 lead into the break.
Indiana forced a turnover on Illinois' first possession of the second half and Sinclair hit a 3-pointer as a result of it. The Hoosier defense then forced a bad Illini shot on the next possession, which then resulted in a McGhee field goal to make it a 42-33 contest.
After an Illinois field goal, Nicole Bell dialed long distance with a 3-point field goal for Indiana before another Illini turnover was converted into points with a Linda Rubene layup to cap a 10-2 run for the Hoosiers in the first 4:16 of the half. Illinois led by six, 44-38.
Illinois had another run left in them as it built its lead back to double figures as the score read 61-48 in favor of the home team with 8:53 to play. Sinclair connected on another 3-point field goal at the 4:34 mark to get the deficit under 10 points, 64-55.
Amber Moore from Illinois fired right back with a 3-pointer as the Fighting Illini would hold on to take the win.
McGhee scored 16 of her 25 points in the first half and went on to shoot 10-of-16 from the floor for the entire game. She added five boards and blocked shot. Rubene went 5-of-10 from the field and led IU with seven rebounds.
The Hoosiers shot 45.1 percent as a team and outrebounded Illinois, 31-27. Indiana committed 25 turnovers in the game.
The Illini were led by Karisma Penn's 25 points and Ivory Crawford tallied 13 points.
Indiana will next play at Iowa on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. ET.
In her last two games, McGhee has scored 51 points (25.5 ppg), while shooting 21-of-33 from the field (63.6 percent) with nine rebounds.
Linda Rubene scored in double figures for the sixth time this season with 12 points to go along with seven boards to pace the team. Rubene shot 5-of-10 from the floor and had two assists.
Aulani Sinclair tallied 10 points with five boards, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot. Sinclair has scored in double figures in 51 career games and 19 times this season.
With her point total, Sinclair has now moved into 19th place on IU's all-time career scoring list with 1,100 points. With her two made 3-pointers, Sinclair now sits alone in third place for most career 3-point field goals made (176) and is now tied for fourth for most 3-pointers made in a single season (65).
Milika Taufa dished for a career high six assists in the game with five boards and four points.
Indiana won the rebounding battle over Illinois, 31-27. IU has outrebounded its opponent in 11 games this season.
IU outscored the Illini in second chance points, 10-6.
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