Hoosiers Bested by Minnesota, 69-54
Feb. 28, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Indiana University women's basketball team continued to battle for seeding at the Big Ten Championships when they traveled to Minnesota for a Thursday night contest versus the Golden Gophers. Despite a double-double by Indiana's Jamie Braun (16 points, 10 rebounds), Minnesota came out on top 69-54.
The Hoosiers (16-13, 9-8 Big Ten) were the first to get on the board as Braun put in a layup at the 19:14 mark, but Minnesota answered with a jumper by Leslie Knight with 18:55 on the clock. The two teams would trade the lead for the next minute before the Golden Gophers (19-10, 10-7 Big Ten) put together an 11-2 run to take a 12-6 lead with 14:55 remaining in the half. IU answered with a run sparked by an Amber Jackson layup to tie the game up at 12-12.
Minnesota then used a 22-7 run to take a 34-19 lead over the Hoosiers with 3:57 remaining in the first half. Braun sank a pair of free throws at the 3:50 mark to cut the Gophers' lead to 13, 34-21, but then U-M went on to outscore IU, 5-2, in the final 2:01 of the first stanza to take a 39-23 lead into the break.
Knight netted the first basket of the second half for the Gophers at the 18:22 mark that ignited an 8-2 Minnesota run to increase the home team's lead to 47-25, with 14:56 remaining in the game. However, the Hoosiers fought back as Andrea McGuirt sank a 3-pointer at the 13:56 mark to start a 10-0 IU run that cut Minnesota's lead to 12, 47-35, with 12:07 to go. After more than three minutes with a basket by either team, a layup by Ashley Ellis-Milan at the 8:40 mark increased the Gophers' advantage back to 14, 49-35. Minnesota went on to maintain at least a 15-point lead the rest of the way en route to the 69-54 victory.
In addition to the double-double previously mentioned, Braun also contributed two assists and four steals while playing 39 minutes. Junior Kim Roberson scored in double figures as well, compiling 10 points thanks in large part to a 5-for-5 showing at the free throw line. Andrea McGuirt and Amber Jackson each posted nine points on the night.
Next up for the Cream and Crimson is a 4 p.m. ET showdown with the Penn State Lady Lions in Assembly Hall on Sunday as fans are encouraged to Head to the Hall and help Indiana break the state attendance record for an on-campus women's basketball game. Tickets cost just $1.
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