March 29, 2009
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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Three Hoosiers reached double-digit points but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team (21-11) fell at Illinois State, 66-55, in the quarterfinal round of the WNIT.
Junior Jamie Braun led Indiana with 15 points and four assists, sophomore Jori Davis and senior Kim Roberson each scored 14 points apiece. Senior Whitney Thomas grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and Roberson collected five steals in the effort.
"I can't be more proud of these young ladies," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "They fought a great fight and never looked at anything as an excuse. They said this is our journey and this is what we become through the lessons that we learn. I am grateful to be a part of the organization and this program."
The Redbirds (27-7) took an early 4-0 lead on two straight jumpers from Nicolle Lewis, but the Hoosiers got the on the board on a jumper from Davis to start a 10-4 run to give IU a 10-8 lead with 13:57. However, Illinois State responded with a 16-2 run to take a 24-14 lead, with 6:19 left to play in the first half. The Hoosiers fought back and put together an 11-0 run that included nine points from Roberson to take a 25-24 lead with 2:50 on the clock. The Redbirds regained the lead with a layup from Emily Hanley at the 2:45 mark, but the Hoosiers had the last two baskets in the final 2:31 of the half to take a 29-26 lead into the break.
Roberson tallied 11 points in the first half on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The two teams battled back and forth in the second half, knotting the score five times before the Redbirds used a 13-3 run to take a 54-45 lead with 3:43 to go. Three free throws by Roberson and a jumper from Davis brought Indiana back within four, 54-50, with 2:54 on the clock. However, Illinois State took advantage at the free throw line and built up a 13-point lead en route to its 66-55 win.
Indiana shot 30.6 percent (22-of-72) from the field 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the free throw line on the game. ISU won the battle on the boards, 48-35, however the Hoosiers tallied 13 steals off of 19 Redbird miscues.