Last Second Shot Gives Hoosiers 59-57 WNIT Win Over Dayton
March 22, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With 00.2 seconds on the clock, Kim Roberson threw an alley-oop pass from out of bounds at the left-side half-court line to Whitney Thomas who tapped in the ball on the right side of the basket to give the Indiana women's basketball (20-10) team a 59-57 win over Dayton (21-14). That shot propelled the Indiana women's basketball team to third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), where it will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio, to take on the Falcons Thursday, March 26.
The win also gave the Hoosiers their first 20-win season since 2000-01 and the first 20-win season of IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's career.
"What a game, what a fantastic game, Dayton is a very good team; a young team that is going to continue to get better, but I tell you - it is our time," Legette-Jack said. "It is our time to go out there and compete, to lose a lead, to gain a lead, to keep fighting, stay focused and have the players together as a unit. How ironic that the last play of the game involved the two kids that stayed through three coaches, how ironic, Whitney (Thomas) and Kim (Roberson). And how ironic to have these two lead us, Jamie (Braun) and Amber (Jackson) - our leading scorers all season long, we lost that a little bit, but they came back today to show you that we are a team that knows how to fight."
Junior Jamie Braun led the Hoosiers with 16 points, sinking 2-of-5 from the 3-point line, and added six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Senior Amber Jackson scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, while sophomore Jori Davis netted 11 points. Thomas led all players with 14 rebounds, while Roberson tallied a game-high three steals.
Both teams put up a hard-fought first half, knotting the score five times throughout the half. With 1:35 on the clock, Roberson put in back-to-back layups to give the Hoosiers a four-point lead, 24-20, but a pair of free throws from Kayla Moses with 11 seconds remaining sent both teams into the break with IU lead 24-22.
Indiana opened the second half on a 14-8 run to take a 38-30 lead with 11:45 on the clock. The Flyers answered on a 3-pointer from Kendel Ross and a layup from Moses to cut the Hoosiers' lead to three, 38-35, with 11 minutes to go. A layup by Braun sparked a 15-6 Indiana run that gave the Hoosiers their biggest lead of the game, 53-44, with 3:47 on the clock. Dayton answered IU's run with a 13-4 run to knot the game at 57-57 with just 00.6 on the clock, but Roberson's alley-opp to Thomas gave Indiana the win.
"That is the way we designed it. I was worried for a second that it might be too far up, but we didn't have another choice except to take a great passer and a great catcher to finish that off. I have to thank all of the volleyball coaches at Bloomington North for helping Whitney develop her jumping ability - because when you look at that play, it looks like slow motion and Whitney is shoulders above everyone else. And she is left handed on the right hand side."
The Hoosiers shot 38.5 percent (25-of-65) from the field, but just lost the battle on the boards, 42-41. Indiana recorded eight steals off of 14 Dayton miscues. The Flyers shot 37.9 percent (25-of-66) from the field and were led by Kristin Daugherty with 14 points.
The Hoosiers' tip-off against Bowling Green is set for 7 p.m. ET at Anderson Arena.
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