Curt Miller Gets FIrst Win as IU Head Coach Over Murray State, 63-62
Nov. 13, 2012
MURRAY, Ky. - Indiana's Sasha Chaplin connected on a layup with four seconds to play to lift Indiana over Murray State on the road Monday night, 63-62. The win marked the first victory for Curt Miller as IU's head coach. Chaplin's winning basket gave her a double-double for the game with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine McGhee led all scorers with 20 points as Aulani Sinclair poured in 16.
Things started in Murray State's favor as the Racers jumped ahead to a 14-6 lead before IU began to put things together on the offensive end. McGhee started things converting an old fashioned three-point play to make it a five-point game.
Sinclair followed with a 3-pointer and a layup to tie the game, 14-14, with 9:34 to play in the half. McGhee capped an 11-0 Indiana run with a 3-point field goal to give IU its first lead of the game, 17-14.
MSU then scored a field goal before Sinclair added two more points from the free throw line. McGhee followed with another 3-point bomb to give IU a 22-16 lead. Quaneisha McCurty would polish off a 17-2 Hoosier run with a free throw as Indiana led, 23-16, at the 7:39 mark.
IU held steady to take a 34-28 lead into the locker room at the break.
Murray scored the first field goal of the second half to cut the lead to just four, 34-30. IU then railed off a 10-2 run, which included Chaplin scoring seven-consecutive points for the Hoosiers to give Indiana its biggest lead of the game, 44-32.
The Racers then began to chip away at the Indiana advantage, cutting the deficit to just four points, 52-48, with 4:39 to play. The teams would then go punch for punch, trading buckets over the next six possessions before a pair of free throw's from MSU's Mariah Robinson pulled the Racers within two, 58-56, with 1:59 remaining.
On a later Hoosier possession, Linda Rubene came down with a crucial offensive rebound and made good on a put back to give IU a two possession lead, 60-56, with just over a minute to go. Murray's Robinson then raced backed down the court on offense to draw a foul and connected on two free throws to make it a 60-58 contest.
On Indiana's ensuing possession, Rubene was fouled and hit 1-of-2 free throws to put IU on top by three, but Murray's Keiona Kirby brought it back to a two-point game, 61-59, hitting a free throw with 38 seconds left in regulation.
After an empty possession by Indiana, Robinson was clutch again for the Racers, connecting on a 3-point bomb to give Murray State the lead, 62-61. Indiana called a timeout with just over 11 seconds to play.
Indiana inbounded ball under Murray State's basket. McGhee found Rubene, who then dribbled the length of the floor and into the lane. As the Racer defense came up to stop her, Rubene bounced a pass around a defender to Chaplin on the right block, who hit a layup with four seconds to go to put Indiana ahead, 63-62.
The Hoosier defense forced MSU's Robinson into a contested shot from just inside half court at the horn, which fell short off the rim.
"I'm proud tonight that our team found a way to the finish line to win the game. For them to make that last play, I'm proud of them," head coach Curt Miller said. "I see growth in some areas and other areas we took a step back. But it's all a building process for this new era and team."
Chaplin's double-double was the eighth of her career as she went 4-of-8 from the field in 18 minutes of play. With her 20 points, McGhee has now scored 20 or more points four times in her career. She also grabbed eight boards on the night. Andrea Newbauer dished for a game high five assists in the game.
IU won the battle of the glass, 52-46. The Hoosier also got it done defensively, holding the Racers to just 32.4 percent shooting from the field.
The Hoosiers will next play in their home opener on Friday, Nov. 16, when Indiana State comes to Assembly Hall. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET in Bloomington.
Jasmine McGhee scored 20 points and grabbed eight boards in the game. McGhee has now scored in double-figures 15 times in her career and 20 or more points four times.
Aulani Sinclair poured in 16 points, her 34th career game scoring in double-figures. Sinclair was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Dating back to last season, she has now connected on 22-consecutive free throws, which ranks her sixth on IU's all-time list for consecutive free throws made.
Sasha Chaplin tallied the eighth double-double of her career with 10 points and 11 rebounds. She has now scored double-digit points in 26 career games and has tallied 10 or more boards 12 times in her career. Chaplin was 4-of-8 from the field.
Andrea Newbauer dished for a game-high five assists, the 11th time in her career to have five or more assists in a game.
Linda Rubene tied career highs with five rebounds and three assists in the game. All of her rebounds came on the offensive glass.
Milika Taufa shot a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and finished with six points and seven rebounds. She also added a block and a steal.
¬ Indiana outscored Murray State in the paint, 22-20, and in second chance points, 10-6.
IU outrebounded the Racers, 52-46.
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