Nov. 8, 2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team was tested by Indianapolis in the team's final exhibition game, but the Hoosiers held on to win at home on Tuesday night, 50-47. Senior captain Georgie Jones led IU with 11 points and eight rebounds on the night.
The Hoosiers jumped out front in the game's opening minutes as Quaneisha McCurty and Jasmine McGhee started the IU scoring with back-to-back jumpers to lead 4-0. UIndy responded with a bucket of its own to cut the lead in half, 4-2. Danilsa Andujar then found an open Sasha Chaplin on a high-low pass which ignited a 9-2 Hoosier run over the next 6:25 to give IU a 13-4 advantage with 9:47 to play in the half.
Indianapolis then cut the lead to 13-8 with back-to-back buckets before McGhee stopped the run with a free throw followed by a McCurty layup to double the Greyhounds score, 16-8, at the 8:17 mark.
On a later Greyhound possession, Kristiana Stauere intercepted a UIndy pass and found Andrea Newbauer who dished to an open Candyce Ussery for a fast break layup to give IU its biggest advantage of the half, 25-14. Indianapolis ended the half on a strong note outscoring IU 8-2 in the final 2:09, which gave the Hoosiers a 27-22 advantage heading into the locker room.
UIndy continued its momentum to start the second half outscoring Indiana 9-2 in the opening 4:56 to take the lead, 31-29, with 15:04 to play. Andujar then silenced that Greyhound burst with a layup at the 14:32 mark to tie the game at 31-31.
Both teams went back and forth until Jones grabbed an IU missed jumper and put it back in to give IU a 41-40 advantage with 6:21 to play. On the next Hoosier possession, it was Jones again with a put-back lay in to extend the lead to three with just over five minutes remaining.
UIndy did not quit, as the Greyhounds scored on consecutive possessions to retake the lead, 44-43, with 4:27 on the clock. Both teams went without scoring for over three minutes down the stretch until Ussery found Stauere who nail a 3-point bomb with a hand in her face to give IU the lead at 46-44 with 1:55 remaining.
Indianapolis made one last push cutting the IU lead to just one, 48-47, on a layup by Katy McIntosh as she was fouled on the way up. McIntosh missed the tying free throw and Aulani Sinclair grabbed the board and fired a full court pass to a wide-open Ussery who put in an uncontested layup to clinch the victory for the Hoosiers.
McCurty and McGhee each finished with eight points. McCurty also brought down six rebounds with four blocks and three steals. Stauere scored six points shooting 2-of-3 from 3-point range and added two steals and a block. Indiana held UIndy to just 27.3-percent shooting, but the Greyhounds won the battle of the boards, 43-42.
The Hoosiers will begin regular season play on Friday, Nov. 11, on the road at Central Arkansas. The game is set to tip at 8 p.m. ET and can be heard live through the streamed radio broadcast on IUHoosiers.com, and WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington will pick up the game live concluding the IU men's basketball game.
Indiana forced 25 Indianapolis turnovers on the night. In IU's two exhibition games, Hoosier opponents averaged 30.0 turnovers per game.
The Hoosiers had 16 steals in tonight's contest, which brings their exhibition average to 18.0 steals per game.
IU had 15 assists on the team's 22 field goals made.
As a team, Indiana held UIndy to just 27.3-percent shooting for the game. In the two exhibition games combined, IU opponents shot just 28.6-percent (30-of-105) from the field.
Georgie Jones finished with 11 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting night and brought in eight rebounds, five of which were on the offensive glass. The senior also added two blocks.
Sasha Chaplin grabbed seven rebounds on the night and also had five steals to lead the team in that category.
Quaneisha McCurty put together an all-around game scoring eight points, going 4-of-8 from the field, with six rebounds, four blocks, three steals and an assist.
The starting five for Indiana were Linda Rubene, Milika Taufa, Quaneisha McCurty, Necole Sterling and Jasmine McGhee.