Thomas Ties Career High With 21 Points As IU Defeats Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 74-56
Nov. 13, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Whitney Thomas tied a career-high with 21 points as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 74-56, in Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
With the score knotted at 4-4 at the 16:18 mark, Smith sank a 3-pointer that sparked a 35-17 IU run that sent the Hoosiers (2-0) into the break with a 35-17 lead over the Lady Lions (0-2).
Smith led the Hoosiers at the half with 11 points, while Jackson grabbed a half-high six rebounds. The Hoosiers shot 60.7 (17-of-28) and held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 25.7 (9-of-3) percent. IU also dominated behind the arc as the Hoosiers sank 77.8 (7-of-9) percent of their 3's, including a perfect 3-of-3 performance from Smith.
Indiana came out of the break and built up a 29-point advantage on a 9-1 run that was sparked by a Jackson layup at the 18:45 mark. A jumper by UAPB's Ciara Shields cut the Hoosier run, but a layup by Thomas helped IU maintain at least a 24-point lead with 6:46 remaining in the game. A layup by Camille Cooper started an 8-0 Lady Lion run that cut the Hoosiers' lead to 17, 67-50, with 4:03 left in the game. But a pair of free throws by Thomas stopped UAPB's streak as the Hoosiers maintained at least an 18-point advantage en route to a 74-56 win.
Thomas shot 6-of-9 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line for her career high 21 points. She just missed a double-double with nine boards, and added five assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Smith shot 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line for her 14 points and Jackson sank 6-of-8 from the field for her 12 points. In her first career start, Davis tallied nine rebounds to go along with her 11 points, and added three assists in career-high 32 minutes.
The Hoosiers sank 43.3 (26-of-60) percent of their shots for the game and shot 60.0 (15-of-25) percent from the 3-point line.
Indiana will make its first road trip on Saturday, Nov. 17, when it heads to Ball State for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
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