Nov. 15, 2006
Final Stats |
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Five Hoosiers scored in double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team recorded its third straight win with an 85-51 victory over Valparaiso on Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall on Nov. 15.
Senior Leah Enterline led all players and tied a career-high with 17 points. Sophomore Whitney Thomas recorded her first double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior Nikki Smith also scored 16 points, while freshman Jamie Braun added 12 points off the bench and senior Carrie Smith scored 10 points in the win.
"We're coming together," Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "This is a sign of a team that is forming something really special. To play that bad and win this decisive over a tough team like Valparaiso - that's a testament to the character of this team. Any given day, someone will step up and today we have five in double-figures."
The Crusaders (0-2) jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first half by way a pair of three-pointers from Carrie Myers and Sarah Ott, only to see their six-point lead slip to just one, 10-9, on a Braun three-pointer and a layup from Carrie Smith with 15:24 on the clock. Myers answered the 5-0 Hoosier run with a three-pointer, increasing Valparaiso's lead to four, 13-9, with 14:23 to go in the half. Carrie Smith followed with a layup and Enterline added a layup of her own, knotting the game at 13-13, at the 13:47 mark. Indiana (3-0) and Valpo continued to trade the lead over the next ten minutes before the Hoosiers outscored the Crusaders, 8-5, to take a 43-40 lead into the half.
The Hoosiers used an 8-0 run in the first two minutes of the second half to take a 48-40 lead, only to see Myers nearly cut it nearly in half with a three-pointer at the 17:28 mark. However, the three-pointer would be the last field goal for the Crusaders for nearly eight minutes as Indiana mounted a 13-point lead, 59-46, with 9:32 to go in the game. IU went on to hold Valparaiso to just five free throws for the remainder of the game, en route to the 85-51 win.
Indiana shot a season-high 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the field and held Valpo to 26.8 percent (15-of-56) from the field on the game and just 6.7 percent (2-30) in the second half. The Hoosiers also won the battle of boards, 41-37, and forced 22 Crusader turnovers to IU's 11.
Enterline hit 5-of-9 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line for her 17 points. She added a team-high five assists. Thomas sank 6-of-10 from the field, and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. She added a game-high four steals in the win.
Aimee Litka led the Crusaders with 14 points as she sank 4-of-8 from the three-point line, while Myers added 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc in the effort.
The Hoosiers wrap up their two-game home stand on Sunday, Nov. 19 when they host the University of Dayton. The game may be heard live on WHCC-FM 105.1 as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the action live from Branch McCracken Court in Assembly Hall. Tipoff against the Flyers is set for 6:05 p.m. (EST).
Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack
On the team's defensive effort
"We started to compose ourselves defensively. In the first half, we were standing around in armor over the fact that they were hitting three's. We can't do that. We had to change up our defense a little bit. Kim (Roberson) did a great job of turning the point guard on a couple of occasions up the floor, which allowed us to get some quick steals and deflections. I think that gave us a little more confidence in the second half. We have to continue to play intense defense."
On holding Valparaiso to 6.7 percent shooting from the field in the second half
"We just picked up the full court to slow them down. We felt like if we could take 10 to 12 seconds off the clock in the back court, they would be rushing to score with 18 seconds on the clock and that worked to our advantage."
Sophomore Whitney Thomas
On her 16 points and performance at the free throw line
"Last year was tough for me at the free throw line. The coaches have really helped me get better at the line. In the first half, I just wasn't hitting my layups and coach told me to just focus on them and that really helped in the second half."
Senior Carrie Smith
On five players scoring in double-digits
"I think its just confidence that everyone is willing to put the shot up, no matter who it is. Everyone got some playing time and everyone is taking shots. I think that last year, we had a lot of players that we relied on heavily and this year, everyone is finding their own responsibility and knows that they are each accountable for this team."