Hoosiers Lose Heartbreaker to Boilers, 68-64, in Second Round of Big Ten Tournament
March 6, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Despite four players scoring in double-digits, the Indiana women's basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Purdue, 68-64, in the second round of the 2009 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 6, in Conseco Fieldhouse.
Junior Jamie Braun led the Hoosiers (19-10) with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, and 3-of-6 shooting from the 3-point line. She also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, to go along with three steals and two assists. Seniors Whitney Thomas, Kim Roberson and Amber Jackson each netted 13 points apiece, with Jackson collecting six boards, Roberson recording six steals and Thomas dishing a team-best four assists.
"There's nothing in my spirit that tells me that we're not going to be one of 64," IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "I think we laid our hats out there throughout the season, and it's up to the committee to make that decision. One think I know, whether we get into the tournament or we're in the great WNIT, I just know that this is a team that everybody needs to see. I think this is a great television game for all to see our conference. We have a fantastic conference ... so I think we're on our way. I think we're on the big stage."
The Hoosiers and Boilers (21-9) came out battling as each team traded the lead until the 15:20 mark when a 3-pointer by Roberson sparked a 23-6 IU run that gave Indiana a 32-18 lead with 7:30 on the clock. However, Purdue fought back as Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton sank a jumper at the 7:10 mark and started a 17-4 Boilermaker run that brought them back within one, 36-35, at the break.
Purdue struck first in the second half as FahKara Malone netted a 3-pointer at the 19:48 mark. Indiana answered on a jumper form Braun to tie the game at 38-38. The two teams kept fighting, but the Hoosiers maintained at least a one-point edge until KiKi Freeman put in a layup with 12:54 on the clock to give the Boilers a one-point edge, 49-48. A pair of free throws from Thomas, followed by a layup at the 8:52 mark increased Indiana's lead to three, 52-49. But Purdue answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Brittany Rayburn to take a 55-52 lead with 7:47 left to play. The Boilermakers used a jumper from Freeman to build up a five point advantage, but the Hoosiers wouldn't go away as they knotted the game for a seventh time on a 3-pointer from Braun and a pair of free throws from Thomas. The two teams tied the game four more times before Purdue was able to hold to score on a layup from Rayburn to take its final lead and hold on for the 68-64 win.
Indiana shot 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from the field and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the free throw line, but were outrebounded 35-27. The Hoosiers came away with 16 steals for a second straight game and forced the Boilers into committing 23 turnovers.
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