Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Close Exhibition Slate with 80-70 Win Over Grand Valley State

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Hope Elam
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Hope Elam
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 5, 2009

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Five Hoosiers reached double-digit points as the Indiana women's basketball team ended the exhibition slate with an 80-70 win over Grand Valley State. Junior Jori Davis led all players with 20 points.

    Junior Hope Elam netted 18 points, sophomore Ashlee Mells scored 11 points off the bench and senior Jamie Braun and sophomore Sasha Chaplin scored 10 points apiece in the win.

    "I liked the fact that we learned how to win in a different kind of way," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "It was really a good game. The previous game against Lambuth we had fun, we ran, we scored, and it was an easy situation for us, and so we tried to hold them to a certain point production. This was a test because we played someone else. We played somebody that is recognized throughout the country as one of the top 13 teams in the nation in Division II. They were not going to turn around and let us get to the basket with a red carpet treatment. We learned how to win ugly today. I have such pride for this team here."

    "When I was on the bench I was ready to go," Mells said. "What Coach (Abrahamson-Henderson) Abe always tells me is to be hustle. I know that I need to come in the game getting deflections, getting steals, being alert on the floor, is the one thing I needed to do, and that's what I did tonight. Eleven points, I've never done that before so that is a strong stat, but other than getting my teammates open and scoring when I need to score, I was just happy that we won."

    The Hoosiers and Lakers battled point-for-point throughout much of the first half, but a pair of free throws from Elam ignited an 8-0 IU run that gave Indiana a 31-20 lead with 4:29 left in the first stanza. However, Grand Valley answered and closed out the final 3:53 of the half on a 12-3 run to cut the Hoosiers lead to one, 34-33, at the break.

    Indiana scored first in the second half as Davis sank a jumper at the 19:47 mark to increase the IU lead to three, 36-33. But the Lakers stayed on the Hoosiers' heels until around the six-minute mark when IU built up a 10-point advantage, 63-53. The Hoosiers maintained at least a seven-point lead en route to the 80-70 win.

    Davis shot 9-of-14 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and tallied six rebounds, two assists and one steal. Elam also grabbed six boards and sank 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Chaplin recorded eight rebounds, five steals, three blocks and two assists. Braun dished six assists.

    The Hoosiers outshot the Lakers, 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the floor, and sank 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the free throw line. Grand Valley State won the battle of the boards, 45-34.

    Indiana opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 13, when it visits Memphis for a 6 p.m. ET tip.

     

     


       

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