Indiana Tops St. Ambrose in Exhibition Opener, 92-39
Nov. 3, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team started exhibition play on a bright note defeating St. Ambrose on Thursday night at Assembly Hall, 92-39. Three Hoosiers scored in double-figures led by Jasmine McGhee's 18 points. Freshman Quaneisha McCurty and senior Danilsa Andujar each achieved double-doubles. Andujar tallied 15 points with 12 rebounds as McCurty scored 13 points and grabbed 10 boards.
The Hoosiers started the game strong scoring the first five points of the contest with a 3-point field goal from junior Linda Rubene followed by a pair of free throws from Georgie Jones. Then later in the half, with IU leading 10-6, Indiana put together a 22-0 run over a 9:34 span. It began with a Sasha Chaplin jumper and ended with a two free throws by freshman Quaneisha McCurty.
The Hoosiers would end the half with a 42-16 advantage over St. Ambrose. For the half, Indiana held SAU to 30-percent shooting from the field and outrebounded the Bees, 30-16. IU had 10 players score in the opening stanza led by McCurty and Jasmine McGhee with eight points each.
The second half was much of the same as Indiana came out firing. Andrea Newbauer grabbed a steal from St. Ambrose and found McGhee for a fast-break layup just 12 seconds into the half. On the next Indiana possession, Andujar hit a jumper in the paint. Then to cap off the 7-0 run out of the locker room, Andujar nailed one from beyond the arc as the shot clock expired to give IU a 49-16 advantage.
Indiana cruised from there to take the first exhibition game of the year. The Hoosiers nearly doubled St. Ambrose in the rebound department with a 60-31 advantage on the boards, with 29 of those caroms coming on the offensive glass. IU forced 35 SAU turnovers, tallying 20 steals along the way. Freshman Candyce Ussery led the defensive attack with seven steals on the night.
IU will wrap up exhibition play on Tuesday, Nov. 8, as the Hoosiers welcome the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds to Assembly Hall. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m. ET.
The Hoosiers forced 35 turnovers on Thursday night as nine players had at least one steal led by Candyce Ussery's seven.
Indiana scored 50 points off St. Ambrose turnovers.
IU gathered 20 steals on the defensive end and only turned the ball over 12 times on offense.
The Hoosiers held St. Ambrose to just 30-percent shooting.
Indiana outrebounded St. Ambrose, 60-31. IU had 29 offensive rebounds on the night.
Two Hoosiers had double-double performances. Andujar finished the night with 15 points and 12 rebounds, six of those boards came on the offensive end. McCurty scored 13 points and brought down 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of play.
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