Hoosiers Close Out Season With WNIT Loss At South Dakota State
March 22, 2007
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Junior Nikki Smith led four Hoosiers in double figures with a team-high 12 points, but it was not enough as the Hoosiers fell to South Dakota State, 60-53, in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in Frost Arena on Thursday, March 22.
Smith was 3-of-10 from the field for her 12 points, including a 3-of-8 effort from behind the arc. She was also 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Senior Sarah McKay and sophomore Kim Roberson each tallied 11 points in the loss for IU (19-13), while sophomore Whitney Thomas recorded the only double-double of the contest with a game-high 12 rebounds and 10 points. McKay had a 5-of-12 performance from the floor for the Hoosiers, and Roberson's 11 points included a 5-of-7 effort from the charity stripe.
A jumper by Ketty Cornemann just under five minutes into the second half of play gave South Dakota State (25-4) a two point advantage, 40-38. The Jackrabbits would hold onto the advantage until senior Leah Enterline sank two free throws to give IU back the lead, 47-46, with 6:32 remaining in play.
A back and forth battle ensued from there, as the score was tied twice and the lead changed hands three times over the next two and a half minutes. After a layup by McKay, capping off a 5-0 IU run, gave the Hoosiers a one point lead at 53-52 with 2:28 left, Megan Vogel tied the score on a free throw for South Dakota State. Vogel then put the Jackrabbits ahead by two with a layup with just over one minute remaining and South Dakota State scored its final five points from the free throw line to wrap up the game.
After the Hoosiers took a 24-11 lead to open the contest, the Jackrabbits scored 12 unanswered points to cut IU's lead to just one, 24-23, with 4:03 remaining in the first half. Thomas hit a layup with 3:48 to go and Smith followed with a 3-pointer with 2:50 remaining to increase Indiana's lead to six, 29-23. However, South Dakota State answered with a layup from Ashlea Muckrenhirn and a 3-pointer from Andrea Verdegan to put the Jack's back within one, 29-28, with 31.8 seconds remaining. A layup by Thomas sent the Hoosiers into the break with some momentum and a 31-28 lead.
The Hoosiers shot 32.1 percent (17-of-53) from the field and were narrowly edged out by South Dakota State with a 32.7 shooting percentage (18-of-55). The Jackrabbits won the battle on the boards, 49-33, including a 10-17 advantage on the offensive glass.
Vogel led all players with 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting from the field. Verdegan tallied 12 for South Dakota State and Jennifer Warkenthien scored 10. Maria Boever led the Jackrabbits with 10 rebounds in the contest.
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