Women's Basketball

    Hoosiers Defeat IUPUI, 75-52

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Aulani Sinclair
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Aulani Sinclair
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 15, 2009

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Hope Elam led three Hoosiers in double-digit points as the Indiana women's basketball team opened the home slate with a 75-52 win over IUPUI.

    Freshman Aulani Sinclair scored 15 points and grabbed six boards off the bench and senior Jamie Braun tallied 13 points in the win.

    "It was a good game for our team today," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "IUPUI came out and really popped us in the mouth early and we bounced back a little bit, but we decided that we weren't dead, and continued to push forward. I just like the resiliency of this team. We are not going to use any excuses for anything. I think our youth is going to be our strength."

    The Hoosiers (2-0) were down early as the Jaguars (0-2) opened the game outscoring IU 9-2. However, Indiana used a 10-0 run to take a 12-11 lead as junior Jori Davis netted two free throws with 11:22 on the clock. IUPUI answered with a layup from Jessica Huffman at the 10:41 mark, but the Hoosiers responded with a 24-5 run in the final 10 minutes to take a 36-18 lead into the break.

    It was all Indiana from that point on as the Hoosiers led by as many as 25 en route to the 75-52 win.

    Elam sank 6-of-12 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and added five rebounds. Sinclair made 5-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc for her 15 points. She also tallied one blocked shot, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes. Braun sank 5-of-11 and added five rebounds and two assists. Junior Andrea McGuirt and sophomore Sasha Chaplin each recorded six rebounds, with Chaplin rejecting two shots and tallying two steals.

    The Hoosiers won the battle on the boards, 43-31, and outscored the Jaguars in the paint, 34-22. IU converted 23 points off of 24 IUPUI turnovers. The Hoosiers shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field, and IUPUI shot 35.3 percent (18-of-51). IU had every player score in the game, including 33 points off the bench.

    "We are 10 deep and all of us can score at anytime," Elam said. "I think this is what is good about us is that everyone can score on our team."

    Indiana returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 18, when it hosts Cincinnati in Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. ET.




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