IU Hangs on For a Road Win at Indiana State, 57-54
Nov. 15, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana survived a tough game on the road on Friday night, taking down Indiana State, 57-54. Larryn Brooks led Indiana with 16 points and Tabitha Gerardot added 11 in the win. IU improved to 3-0 to start the season, the program's best start since 2009-10.
The first 20 minutes was an offensive struggle on both sides. The Hoosiers (3-0) started 1-of-6 from the field before stringing together some points after settling in. Milika Taufa fed Alexis Gassion as she was cutting backdoor from the wing for an easy layup at the 13:05 mark.
Tabitha Gerardot then fed Taufa on a later Hoosier possession for an easy bucket before Gerardot later drove in and scored from the left block to cap a 6-0 Hoosier run to give IU a 10-6 lead.
That lead would be IU's biggest of the half. Indiana took a 22-19 lead into the halftime break.
The second half mirrored the first as the score never stretched beyond a seven-point margin. Gerardot helped IU get to its largest lead of the night scoring seven Indiana points in a row to make it a 36-29 game with 14:06 to play.
ISU (2-1) continued to hang tough, scoring five straight points to make it 38-36 at the 10:15 mark. IU responded with a Gassion jumper and a Sasha Chaplin layup to stretch the lead back to up six points.
In the waning minutes, the Sycamores continued to hang around as IU could not land the knock out punch. ISU's Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir hit a runner to pull the home team within two, 51-49. Brooks answered by nailing a pair of free throws to stretch it two 53-49.
Marina Laramie hit two free throws on Indiana State's next possession before Brooks and Taufa each hit a free throw to make it a 55-51 score with 1:41 to go. ISU made it a three-point game with a free throw with under a minute to go.
IU turned it over on the next possession and the Sycamores took advantage as Abdul-Qaadir hit a field goal to make it a one-point game, 55-54, with 38 seconds to go. On the inbound, Indiana's Taylor Agler was fouled and the freshman stepped up to the line and nailed a pair of clutch free throws to give IU a three-point lead. That would end up being the final tally.
The Hoosiers held ISU to just 28.8 percent shooting from the field, but the Indiana State defense balanced that by forcing 22 IU turnovers. IU won the rebounding battle, 42-37, and shot 42.2 percent as a team.
Chaplin and Gassion scored eight points each as Gassion made her first career start. Gerardot and Gassion led IU with eight boards.
The Hoosiers will return home to start a five-game home stand on Monday, Nov. 18, against Central Arkansas. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall.
IU is 2-0 on the road, matching the program's road win total for the entire 2012-13 season.
Indiana held the Sycamores to 28.8 percent shooting for the game and 21.4 percent from beyond the arc. IU opponents have shot 21.4 percent or lower from beyond the arc in each of its games this year.
The Hoosiers outrebounded ISU, 42-37, and has won the rebounding battle in each of its first three games.
IU outscored Indiana State in the paint, 28-18.
Larryn Brooks has now scored in double-figures in each of her first three career games. She tallied 16 points against ISU, shooting 3-of-7 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line. Brooks also led the team with four assists and added three boards and a steal.
Tabitha Gerardot scored 11 points and tied for the team lead with eight rebounds. She has scored 10 or more points in each of IU's first three games.
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