Hoosiers Fall to Purdue, 64-54, in Quarterfinals of Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament
March 7, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The sixth-seeded Indiana women's basketball team suffered a 64-54 loss to the third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 Live.
The Hoosiers (18-14) were led by Amber Jackson with 20 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double at IU.
Indiana got on the board first as Kim Roberson sank a jumper within the first 45 seconds of the game. However, the Boilermakers (16-14) answered on a jumper by FahKara Malone to knot the score at 2-2 at the 18:35 mark. The two teams continued to battle point-for-point, tying the score up five times throughout the first stanza before a free throw by Roberson gave the Hoosiers a one point advantage, 27-26, heading into the break.
Lakisha Freeman put the Boilers on the board first in the second half on a jumper at the 19:03 mark to put Purdue up by one, 28-27. IU answered as Whitney Thomas sank one of two free throws to knot the score for a sixth time in the game. The two rivals continued to trade the lead until a layup and jumper by Keshia Mosley sparked a 7-0 run that gave Purdue a 38-33 lead with 13:21 remaining. The Boilermakers held at least a three-point lead until the 9:12 mark when Jackson put in a layup that ignited a 7-0 Hoosier run to put IU up by four, 46-42, with 7:20 to go. However, Purdue responded and outscored IU 22-8 in the final seven minutes of the game for the win.
Jackson sank 9-of-13 from the field for her 20 points. Thomas recorded a team-best four steals, while Jamie Braun led the Hoosiers with four assists.
Malone led all players with 26 points and Freeman recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Purdue outshot IU 42.6 percent (23-of-54) to 37.7 percent (23-of-61) from the floor and won the battle of the boards, 40-38.
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