Hoosiers Close Regular Season with 79-67 Win Over Penn State on Senior Day
March 2, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers wrapped up the regular season on Senior Day in front of 8,136 fans, which is the largest crowd that has ever seen an Indiana women's basketball game in Assembly Hall. Behind a solid scoring effort from senior Nikki Smith and junior Kim Roberson, IU came away with a 79-67 win over Penn State on Sunday, March 2.
The Hoosiers (17-13, 10-8 Big Ten) came out firing behind Smith as she opened the game with a 3-pointer at the 19:40 mark as IU jumped out to a 9-0 lead. At the 15:26 mark, Kamela Gissendanner sank a jumper to put the Lady Lions (13-17, 4-14 Big Ten) on the board, but Indiana answered on the next possession as Smith hit another 3 to build up IU's early lead to 12-2. A 20-14 Hoosier run that was capped at the 6:19 mark on a Jamie Braun layup increased the home team's advantage to 32-19. Penn State responded with a jumper by Julia Trogele with 5:10 remaining in the half brought the Lady Lions within 11, 32-21. However, the Hoosiers maintained a 10-9 scoring edge in the final 4:55 of the first stanza to send both into the break with IU leading, 42-33.
Indiana came out of the halftime break on an 11-6 run to take a 53-39 lead with 13:49 remaining in the game. A pair of free throws by Gissendanner at the 12:56 mark sparked a 9-4 Lady Lion run that cut the Hoosiers' lead to nine, 57-48, with 10:25 to go. However, Indiana answered and outscored Penn State, 22-16, in the final 9:39 of the game en route to the 79-67 victory.
Smith and Roberson each netted 17 points. Smith sank five 3-pointers, while Roberson added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Braun scored 15 points and also tallied four assists in the win.
The Hoosiers shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the floor, but Penn State won the battle of the boards, 45-33.
Up next for Indiana is the 2008 Big Ten Tournament presented Xbox 360 Live, which will be held at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 6-9. The Big Ten office will announce the tournament field later this evening.
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