Davis Scores 22 as Sixth-Seeded Hoosiers Defeat Michigan, 68-50, in First Round of Big Ten Tournament
March 5, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Sophomore Jori Davis lit up the score board in the second half, netting 22 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the 3-point line to lead the Indiana women's basketball (19-9) to a 68-60 first round win over 11th-seeded Michigan in the 2009 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.
Davis sank 8-of-17 from the floor and added a pair of free throws, five rebounds and three assists in the win. Senior Kim Roberson scored 15 points and tallied a game-high six steals. Senior Amber Jackson also recorded 15 points and led all players with nine rebounds. Jackson and sophomore Whitney Lindsay also came away with three steals apiece.
"I thought that this was a fantastic game to watch," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "You saw a team down and out. We had a freshman come in and hit two big threes. That helped us believe in the possibility. In the second half our defense stepped up, we were able to get some steals."
"I just think that this is a team that's fighting for something bigger than themselves. Just an honor to be on the ride with them," Legette-Jack added.
The Hoosiers opened the game with extremely tight defense, forcing a turnover on Michigan's (10-20) first three possessions as Thomas, Roberson and Jackson each recorded a steal. However, the Wolverine's found their shot at the 17:19 mark on a layup from Krista Phillips, which started a run that gave Michigan a 12-0 lead. A 3-pointer from Lindsay Enterline stopped the Hoosier drought, but another 3-pointer from the Wolverines kept Michigan with a 12-point advantage with 11:29 remaining in the half. At the 9:51 mark, Braun put in a layup to ignite a 23-10 Indiana run to knot the score at 26-26 with 31.2 seconds to go in the half. However, the Wolverines got the last basket of the half as Veronica Hicks put in a layup with 7.5 seconds remaining to send the two teams in the break with Michigan leading, 28-26.
Michigan struck first in the second half on a jumper from Phillips, only to see Indiana answer with a layup from Roberson at the 18:14 mark to keep the Hoosiers within two, 30-28. The Wolverines scored three unanswered baskets to build up an eight-point lead, 36-28, with 14:25 to play in the game. A pair of free throws by Roberson at the 14:02 mark sparked a 17-1 Hoosier run to give Indiana the lead, 45-37 with 8:46 on the clock. A 3-pointer by Courtney Boylan cut IU's lead to five, 45-40, at the 8:46 mark. However, Davis sank a 3 with 7:42 to go to keep the Hoosiers up by eight, 48-40. Michigan fought back to get IU's lead back to six, but Davis sank another 3-pointer with 6:26 to play to lead Indiana to the 68-50 win.
The Hoosiers shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59) from the field and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the free throw line. Indiana matched Michigan on the boards, 32-32, and tallied 16 steals off of 22 Wolverine miscues.
Indiana will face the third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers tomorrow at approximately 2 p.m. ET in Conseco Fieldhouse. Catch the Hoosiers and Boilers in action live on the Big Ten Network and on WHCC 105.1 FM Bloomington.
"We just want to take it one game at a time," said Davis. "Michigan was a good team. Purdue is also a good team. We just come here to do what we have to do to get to that final stage. We're going to play our hardest with the right energy. We can come off successful."
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