Braun's Double-Double Leads IU to 77-68 Win Over Penn State on Senior Day
Feb. 28, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Jamie Braun collected her third double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds to push the Indiana (14-15, 7-11) women's basketball team to a 77-68 win over Penn State on Senior Day and National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Feb. 28.
"This was truly a team win," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "Everyone contributed in some shape or form. Whether it was someone grabbing a loose ball, blocking out, making a shot, or making an assist, we had a great day today. We really had fun. We definitely had a great lead, which was tested for a while, but you are not going to blow out any team in the Big Ten this late in the season. Every team in the conference has at least six wins, which is a first in the history of Women's Big Ten basketball. This shows women's basketball is alive and well and our ladies are a big part of the Big Ten battle. On this particular night, we came together and stood for Jamie Braun. I believe we became a significant team tonight."
Braun sank 8-of-14 from the field with a 3-pointer and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. She also tallied four assists and two steals in 39 minutes. Junior Hope Elam scored 16 points off the bench on 6-of-10 shooting from the field with a 3-pointer, and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the line. She also tallied six rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes. Junior Jori Davis scored 12 points and tallied six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 38 minutes. At the 11:03 mark, Davis became the 22nd Hoosier to reach 1,000 career points.
"It feels great since we won," said Braun. "Honestly, all I really wanted was for us to get a victory. The bottom line is the win came down to our team and how well we played together."
The Lady Lions took an early 7-2 lead three and half minutes into the game, but the Hoosiers' defense smothered Penn State as it was outscored 35-15 in the remainder of the half to take a 37-22 lead at the break.
The Hoosiers kept rolling in the second half, building up a 23-point lead in the first nine minutes of the half. However, the Lady Lions weren't going away as they used a 27-9 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from Zhaque Gray at the 10:22 mark, to cut the Hoosiers' lead to five, 70-65, with 1:58 to go in the game. But Indiana kept the edge on free throws for the 77-68 win.
Indiana shot 42.6 percent (26-61) from the field on the game and 44.4 percent (4-9) from the 3-point line. The Hoosiers' bench came up big, outscoring the Lady Lions, 32-13. IU also tallied 20 points off of 19 PSU turnovers.
"We talk about hope and faith heading into the postseason, but it is always great when you get feedback like we did today," Legette-Jack added. "When you continually lose, you lose a little part of your spirit. Our ladies are very strong, but even the strongest person can lose part of their spirit when she consistently faces defeat. We don't always talk about wins and losses to our ladies. We normally talk about how you played the game and today we saw some really great stuff today. We proved ourselves."
The Hoosiers head into the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will face ninth-seeded Illinois on Thursday, March 4 at Conseco Fieldhouse. IU's battle with the Illini will begin 25 minutes following game two of the first round of the tournament (approximately 4:50 p.m.) and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Indiana vs. Penn State
Jori Davis reached the 1,000-career point mark with 11:03 remaining in the second half.
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