Hoosiers Open Regular Season With 67-59 Win Over Albany
Nov. 9, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Amber Jackson scored a game-high 22 points as the Indiana women's basketball team came from behind to defeat the University at Albany, 67-59.
The Hoosiers (1-0) jumped out to a five-point lead on a sophomore Jamie Braun steal and layup to take a 10-5 lead at the 16:19 mark only to see the Great Danes (0-1) use a 14-0 run, sparked by a Gia Sanders layup, to take a 19-10 lead with 12:55 to go in the first half. An Amber Jackson jumper opened up another IU run that knotted the Hoosiers with the Great Danes, 24-24, with 5:14 remaining in the first stanza. However, a 10-1 Albany run gave the Great Danes a 34-25 advantage at the break.
Indiana got on the board first in the second half as junior Whitney Thomas hit a layup with 19:48 on the clock to cut Albany's lead to seven, 34-27. A layup by Albany's Kristin Higy started another Great Danes' run that gave them their largest lead of the game, 41-27, at the 18:10 mark. Indiana started cutting away at Albany's lead as an Amber Jackson layup sparked a 19-4 Hoosier run that gave IU its first lead of the game, 46-45, since early in the first half. With 9:22 remaining the game, the Hoosiers beared down and was able to maintain at least a two-point advantage en route to a 67-59 win.
Amber Jackson just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and added four blocked shots in the effort. Braun scored 14 points, Thomas netted 11 and freshman Jori Davis added 10 boards in the victory. Thomas also added nine rebounds in the effort.
The Great Danes had two record double-doubles as Higy and Sanders each tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds apiece.
Albany won the battle of the boards on the game, 49-42, but IU held the advantage in scoring outshooting the Great Danes 37.3 (22-of-59) percent to 33.3 (23-of-69) percent.
The Hoosiers get back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when they host the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall.
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