Sixth-seeded Hoosiers Defeat Northwestern, 74-52 in First Round of Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament
March 6, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The sixth-seeded Indiana women's basketball team opened the 2008 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 Live with a 74-52 win over (11) Northwestern at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Thursday, March 6.
Jackson put on a show in the first five minutes of the game, outscoring the Wildcats (5-26) 11-4 on her own to give the Hoosiers (18-13) the early advantage. A jumper by Whitney Lindsay at the 14:54 sparked another 11-4 IU run that increased the Hoosier advantage to 14, 22-8, with 11:46 remaining in the half. Northwestern cut down Indiana's lead to eight on layups by Amy Jaeschke, Jenny Eckhart and Meshia Reed. But the Hoosiers bounced back on a Nikki Smith 3-pointer to maintain at least a nine-point advantage for the remainder of the first stanza and take a 38-24 lead into the break.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Smith within the first two minutes of the second half got things rolling for the Hoosiers. Indiana went on to build up a 26-point lead en route to a 74-52 victory.
Jackson led all players with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor and added seven boards and an assist. Thomas netted her 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from the line. Seven of her 10 rebounds came on the defensive end, while she also collected four steals, three assists and two blocked shots. Jori Davis scored 14 points off the bench and added three steals and Kim Roberson tallied 10 points in the win.
The Hoosiers shot 43.5 percent (30-of-69) from the field and outrebounded Northwestern, 44-37. IU recorded 14 steals off of 19 NU miscues and held a 36-26 advantage on points in the paint.
Indiana returns to action tomorrow when they face the third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers at approximately 2 p.m. ET. The Boilers enter the tournament with an overall record of 15-14. The Hoosiers split with Purdue during the regular season.
Catch the Hoosiers and Boilermakers live on WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray calls the action from Conseco Fieldhouse. The game will also be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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