Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Open Season with 81-66 Win at Ball State

    Go Hoosiers! Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 12, 2010

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    MUNCIE, Ind. - Five Hoosiers tallied double-digit points as the Indiana women's basketball team opened the season with an 81-66 win at Ball State on Friday, Nov. 12. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis recorded her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Alisha Goodwin also scored 19 points to lead the Hoosiers (1-0).

    Seniors Andrea McGuirt and Hope Elam each scored 12 points, while Whitney Lindsay added 13 points in the win.

    The Hoosiers and Cardinals (0-1) fought point-for-point in the first half, tying the score up seven times, before Indiana went into the break with a 38-36 lead.

    IU came out firing in the second half as Davis opened the second stanza with a 3-pointer at the 19:49 mark that ignited a 7-0 run that gave the Hoosiers a 45-36 lead with 18:35 on the clock. Ball State came back and cut IU's lead down to four, 47-43, on a 7-2 run of its own, but the Hoosiers recovered and went on to lead by as many as 22 en route to the 81-66 win.

    Goodwin sank 7-of-11 off the bench, including a 3-pointer, added 4-of-6 from the free throw line for her 19 points. She also tallied two steals. Davis made 4-of-15 from the field, but made up for it at the line, sinking 10-of-10. She also grabbed 15 rebounds, 13 off the defensive glass, to go along with four assists and three steals. Lindsay made 5-of-12 from the field and recorded three steals and two assists. McGuirt sank 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free throw line for 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with two steals. Elam made 6-of-11 from the field for her 12 points.

    "It started with our defense," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "Andrea usually ignites us defensively and in the first she didn't do a great job, but when she subbed in during the second half, the whole game just changed. Because of her defense, Jori and Alisha carried us. But Andrea McGuirt is the one that carried us on defense."

    The Hoosiers outrebounded the Cardinals 41-37 and forced Ball State into committing 22 turnovers. Indiana shot 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the field, 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from the 3-point line and 75.0 percent (21-of-28) from the free throw line on the night.

    Indiana opens the home slate on Monday, Nov. 15, when it plays host to St. Bonaventure in Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. ET.




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