Hoosiers Rally to Top Murray State, 70-67
Nov. 14, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team fought its way back to earn a 70-67 win at home on Monday night. The Hoosiers trailed by as many as 15 points before making a second-half surge to earn their first win of the year. Georgie Jones and Jasmine McGhee each had double-double performances on the night. Jones tied a career-best with 16 points and added 13 rebounds as McGhee tallied career-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Murray State (1-1) controlled the game in the early going jumping out to a 21-6 advantage. Indiana's (1-1) Jones then hit a free throw followed by a McGhee jumper to end the Racer run. The Hoosiers would put together a 13-4 run over a 3:44 span, which was capped by a Goodwin coast-to-coast layup at the 8:03 mark to make it a 25-19 MSU advantage.
The Racers closed the half outscoring IU 10-6 in the final minutes to take a 35-25 lead into the locker room.
Indiana came out of the break with back-to-back buckets to cut into the MSU lead with the score reading 35-29 with 19:05 to play. Just over a minute later, the Racers opened their lead back up to nine before Goodwin hit a layup followed by a McGhee jump shot to make it a 40-35 Murray State lead with 16:34 to go in the game.
MSU then connected on consecutive 3-point field goals to build its lead up to 11, but the Hoosiers were not going anywhere. Aulani Sinclair nailed a huge 3-point bomb at the 11:30 mark to cap off a 14-5 Hoosier spurt to make the lead just two for the Racers, 51-49.
Murray State once again hit a timely shot from beyond the arc to silence the Hoosier push and regain a five-point advantage. The teams traded buckets over the next several possessions and with MSU leading, 58-53, McGhee connected on another field goal and Jones followed with a lay in to again make it one point ballgame, 58-57.
MSU's Erica Burgess answered the call again for the Hoosiers with a jumper to make the score 60-57 in favor of the Racers with 5:52 on the clock. IU's Jones countered with layup at the 5:24 mark and the deficit was at one again, 60-59.
On a later Indiana possession, Danilsa Andujar hit 1-of-2 from the line to knot the score at 60-60 with 4:33 to go. But just as they had done all night, the Racers scored five quick points on a layup and 3-point field goal from Mariah Robinson. The score was 65-60 in favor of MSU with just 2:57 to play in the game.
This was when IU began to chip away. It started with Jones hitting two free throws on separate trips to the line to make it a 65-62 score. Murray State rebounded a missed Hoosier free throw, but Andrea Newbauer stole the ball away and found an open Sinclair in the paint for a layup to cut the lead to one yet again, 65-64, with 1:06 to go.
The Racers again found their way to the bucket for a layup to make their advantage three, 67-64, with 28 seconds on the clock. Freshman Necole Sterling then took the ball coast-to-coast and nailed a jumper with less than 20 seconds remaining to put IU back within one, 67-66.
Murray State then mishandled the inbound pass to give Indiana the basketball with just 17 seconds to play. The Hoosiers had the ball for an inbound pass just in front of their own bench. Sterling found Jones just outside the paint, who then turned to the bucket and connected on the go-ahead jump shot to give IU a 68-67 advantage. It was IU's first lead since leading 2-0 just 10 seconds into the contest.
Sterling was then whistled for a foul on the defensive end and gave MSU a 1-and-1 opportunity. Murray State missed on the front end of the bonus free throw, the Racers then collected the rebound but missed the put back opportunity as Sasha Chaplin came down with the ball and was fouled. Chaplin connected on both free throws to clinch the game for Hoosiers.
Aulani Sinclair finished with nine points and Chaplin added seven points with five rebounds. IU shot 56.7-percent (17-of-30) in the second half in the come back effort and won the rebounding battle for the game, 50-45. The Hoosier bench also stepped up big, as the reserves poured in 26 points.
Indiana will return to the hardwood on Friday, Nov. 18, on the road at Belmont. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 7 p.m. ET.
McGhee's 19 points and 11 rebounds are both career-highs for junior college transfer. McGhee shot 9-of-17 from the field and also added two assists and a block. In two games, McGhee is averaging 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Jones' 16 points tied a career-high for the senior. The St. Paul, Minn., native shot 6-of-10 from the floor and eight of her 13 boards came on the offensive end. Her point total ties her previous career-mark, which she accomplished in her first game as a Hoosier at FIU on Dec. 18, 2010.
Freshman Necole Sterling played in her first collegiate game and scored four points with three assists and one rebound in 16 minutes of action.
Andrea Newbauer set new career-highs with four assists and three steals on the night. Her four points tied a career-best, which she accomplished in the season opener at Central Arkansas.
As a team, the Hoosiers forced 19 Murray State turnovers on the night, the most turnovers forced by IU since causing 20 Wisconsin mistakes in Madison last season on Feb. 23, 2011.
The Hoosiers shot 56.7-percent in the second half and outscored MSU, 45-32, in the final stanza.
Indiana had 26 points come from the bench to Murray State's 17 points from reserves.
IU had the advantage in points in the paint, 30-24, points off turnovers, 24-20, and second chance points, 17-12.
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