Hoosiers Fall on the Road at Central Arkansas
Nov. 11, 2011
CONWAY, Ark. - The Indiana women's basketball team dropped a tough one on the road at Central Arkansas on Friday night, 58-46. After missing the majority of last season, IU's Sasha Chaplin achieved a double-double with a team-leading 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jasmine McGhee finished with 12 points and eight boards.
Indiana (0-1) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after a field goal from Georgie Jones and an Andrea Newbauer drive to the lane and layup. Central Arkansas (1-0) fired back scoring five straight to take their first lead of the game, 5-4, at the 16:00 mark of the first half.
IU silenced the Sugar Bear run with a lay in by Chaplin. McGhee then nailed a jumper and Chaplin again connected from underneath to cap a 6-0 Hoosier run and secure a 10-5 Indiana lead with 11:26 remaining in the half.
Both teams traded buckets throughout the remainder of the opening stanza until the score read 18-15 in favor of UCA with 5:33 remaining. The Hoosiers would shut down Central Arkansas for the rest of the half as IU put together a 7-0 run capped by an Aulani Sinclair 3-point field goal in the final seconds to take a 22-18 advantage into the locker room.
Indiana kept the scoring momentum going with two quick field goals to begin the second half with jumpers from Chaplin and Linda Rubene. Indiana then built its lead to 30-21 on another Rubene field goal with 14:20 remaining.
The tide then began to turn as UCA put together an 11-0 run fueled by three-consecutive 3-point field goals to take the lead, 32-30, with 9:51 on the clock. Milika Taufa rebounded her own miss for a put back lay in to quiet the Sugar Bear momentum for a moment and tie the game.
That would be the last tie of the game as Central Arkansas' outside shooting was just too much as UCA shot 61.5-percent (8-of-13) in the second half to pull away for the home victory.
Indiana outrebounded the Sugar Bears, 40-31 and shot 40.7-percent (22-of-54) from the field. Chaplin, to go along with her double-double performance, added two blocks and two steals.
The Hoosiers will return to Bloomington for their home opener on Monday, Nov. 14 against Murray State. The Game will tip at 7 p.m. ET at Assembly Hall.
Indiana held Central Arkansas to just 20.7-percent shooting in the first half and just six field goals overall in the opening stanza.
Indiana won the battle of the boards 40-31.
Sasha Chaplin had a double-double performance finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Chaplin shot 6-of-8 from the field and added two blocks and two steals. It was her first double-double since Dec. 22, 2009 against Toledo. It is the fifth double-double of her career.
McCurty had four points on 2-of-3 shooting with three rebounds.
Jasmine McGhee just missed a double-double performance with 12 points and eight rebounds in her Division I debut. McGhee connected on six field goals.
Linda Rubene also made her first Division I appearance and had four points, one rebound and two blocks.
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