Hoosiers Drop Regular-Season Finale at Penn State, 78-68
Feb. 25, 2007
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior Sarah McKay and freshman Jamie Braun both posted double-doubles, but Indiana could not hold off Penn State's second-half comeback, falling to the Lady Lions 78-68 on Sunday, Feb. 25.
McKay scored a game-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season, while Braun registered 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for her third of the year. Junior Nikki Smith added 15 points for the Hoosiers (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten).
Amanda Brown paced four Penn State players in double figures with 20 points.
The Lady Lions (14-15, 7-9) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first two and half minutes of the game, but the Hoosiers recovered as Braun sparked a 14-5 run to give IU a 14-12 lead with 13:55 remaining in the first stanza. Penn State stopped the Hoosier run to take a one-point advantage on a Tyra Grant jumper, but Indiana answered on a pair of free throws from McKay to regain a one-point lead, 15-14, with 12:15 on the clock. The two teams continued to trade the lead throughout the remainder of the half, but a layup from McKay with 1:22 remaining and a 3-pointer from Smith with just under a minute to go helped the Hoosiers take a 34-33 lead into the break.
Penn State wasted little time regaining the lead after intermission, as Kamela Gissendanner converted a layup just nine seconds into the second session to put the Lady Lions back on top, 35-34. Penn State would not trail again.
Brown had seven points in a 17-9 Penn State run to open the second half, extending PSU's lead to seven points at 50-43 with 12:52 remaining in the contest. But Indiana rallied back, as Braun and McKay hit back-to-back layups and after a pair of Penn State free throws, Smith hit another 3 to draw IU within two at 52-50 with 10:34 to play. Exactly one minute later, sophomore Whitney Thomas dropped in a layup of her own to forge the fifth tie of the game.
The Lady Lions quickly retook the lead, with Gisendanner hitting a layup and Grant nailing a 3-pointer to make it a five-point game. Sophomore Kim Roberson hit a layup to bring IU back within three, but Grant answered with another 3 to make it a six-point affair at 60-54 with 8:02 to play.
A Thomas three-point play and a pair of free throws from Braun drew Indiana back to within a point before Mashea Williams hit the first of two free-throw attempts to make the score 61-59 in Penn State's favor. McKay answered with a layup with 6:45 left to knot the game at 61, but Charity Renfro hit a jumper to put PSU back on top. A pair of Leah Enterline free throws again pulled Indiana even at 63 with 4:17 left, but that was the last time Penn State would not hold the lead.
Brown countered with a pair of free throws of her own to put PSU back up by two, and the Lady Lions rattled off the next eight points to go up by 11, 74-63, with one minute to play. Smith scored the Hoosiers' next five points on a pair of free throws and a 3 to single-handedly bring IU back within five, but Indiana could get no closer.
Penn State shot 51.9 percent (14-for-27) from the field in the second half, and 49.1 percent (28-for-57) for the game. Indiana shot just 39.1 percent (25-for-64) from the floor for the contest.
The Hoosiers won the battle of the boards, collecting 40 rebounds to Penn State's 39.
Grant (17 points), Williams (13) and Renfro (10) rounded out the Lady Lions' double-digit scorers.
Roberson dished off a career-best seven assists for the Hoosiers before fouling out.
Indiana returns to action at the 2007 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis from March 1-5.
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