Hoosiers Fall to Top-Seed Ohio State, 72-60
March 2, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Four scored in double figures for the ninth-seeded Hoosiers, but Indiana could not overcome a 30-point effort from top-seed Ohio State's Jessica Davenport, suffering a 72-60 loss in the quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 2.
Kim Roberson led Indiana off the bench with 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the floor and a pair of 3-pointers. Sarah McKay netted 14 points, Nikki Smith added 11 and Jamie Braun scored 10 in the effort.
The Buckeyes (27-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead, only to see the Hoosiers (18-13) knot the game on a pair of 3-pointers by Shanice Billington and Kim Roberson. The Buckeyes answered with a trey of their own as Marscilla Packer drained a 3-pointer with 13:46 on the clock to regain a 9-6 lead. The Hoosiers kept battling back, coming within one point of OSU four times before taking an 18-17 lead on a layup from Whitney Thomas with 5:47 remaining in the half. However, a 3-pointer by Ashlee Trebilcock ignited a 14-4 Buckeye run that sent the two teams into the break with Ohio State leading, 31-22.
Ohio State opened the second half on a 16-9 run to take a 46-31 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the game. A jumper by Nikki Smith cut the Buckeyes' lead to 13, 46-33, but OSU responded with a jumper from Trebilcock to maintain a 15-point advantage. A 13-8 Hoosier run, sparked by a jumper from Smith, cut Ohio State's lead to eight, 58-50, with 7:05 remaining in the game. Following a pair of free throws by Davenport that increased the Buckeye advantage to 10, a 5-0 IU run put the Hoosiers within six, 62-56, with 4:33 left in the game. However, that was closest that Indiana would come as Ohio State held on for the 72-60 win.
The Hoosiers registered 11 steals off of 19 Buckeye miscues. However, Ohio State shot 48.1 percent (26-of-54) from the field to Indiana's 32.8 percent (21-of-64), and held the advantage on the boards, 43-34.
McKay added five blocked shots for the Hoosiers, setting a new program standard in a Big Ten Tournament contest. Thomas grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and Roberson added a game-high four steals.
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