March 3, 2013
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team lost in its final home game of the season on Sunday afternoon to Minnesota, 59-53. It was senior night for IU's Sasha Chaplin, Jasmine McGhee, Aulani Sinclair, and Linda Rubene as Chaplin led the way for Indiana with 17 points and nine rebounds in the effort.
McGhee, who finished the game with 12 points, scored IU's first eight points of the game as both teams wrestled back and forth in the early going. Minnesota (18-12, 7-9) would eventually build a 26-16 lead later in the half.
IU (11-18, 2-14 Big Ten) then scored five quick points to make it a 26-21 Minnesota lead at the half.
Coming out of the break, Rubene scored her first points of the game and the Golden Gopher saw their lead trimmed to three as that capped a 7-0 run for the Hoosiers. But Minnesota bounced back to lead by as much ass 11 points in the final 20 minutes.
With less than three minutes to play in the game, McGhee hit a transition 3-pointer to cut the deficit to five. The two teams then traded free throws to make it a 54-49 Gopher advantage with 50 seconds to go.
Indiana then made it a 54-51 game as Andrea Newbauer threw the ball up the court to Rubene who capitalized on a layup with 28 seconds remaining.
After a Hoosier timeout, the Gophers broke free of IU's full court pressure and Minnesota's Micaella Riche hit a layup and was fouled. She completed the three-point play to push her team ahead by six.
Indiana cut it to four once more, but Minnesota's Rachel Banham hit a pair of free throws to ice the game.
"The seniors know that I'm really proud of them," head coach Curt Miller said. "They also know that we are not done. We have played four really good games in a row since the bye date, beating Purdue and being in games with Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. We don't feel we are an easy out at the Big Ten Tournament and we can't wait for the day to end to figure out who we are playing and get back to work."
Indiana will play Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 7. The Hoosiers and Wolverines will play in the final game of the day and it will tip at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET.