Hoosiers Top Indiana State in Home Opener, 60-48
Nov. 16, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team topped Indiana State on Friday night in Assembly Hall, 60-48. The Hoosiers held the Sycamores to just 18 second half points as Aulani Sinclair led all scorers with 22 points and Jasmine McGhee added 12 for IU.
IU jumped out to a quick start with a 10-2 run in the game's first 5:49 with layups from Milika Taufa and Sinclair to start it. Indiana State connected on a field goal before Sinclair hit a jumper. Sasha Chaplin then capped the early run for IU with back-to-back field goals.
ISU bounced right back into the game with 3-point field goals on two-consecutive possessions to pull within two, 10-8. Indiana held on to that slim lead until Indiana State's Marina Laramie gave the Sycamores their first lead of the game with a layup to go ahead, 22-21. Taylor Whitley extended that ISU lead to three, 24-21, but that would be the last lead that Indiana State would have for the remainder of the game.
On a later IU possession, Sinclair nailed a 3-point field goal from the right wing and was fouled while being knocked to the floor. She then connected on the free throw for a four-point play to put IU back on top, 25-24, with 5:38 to play in the half.
Sinclair then knocked down two free throws on Indiana's next possession before McGhee followed with two more makes from the charity stripe to cap 7-0 IU run. The Hoosiers then led 29-24.
IU held steady to take a 33-30 lead into the locker room, thanks in part to a jumper by McGhee with just five seconds on the clock to give the Hoosiers some momentum heading into the break.
In the second half, Indiana's defense came to play. IU led 38-36 midway through the second stanza as Taufa hit a tough layup followed by a Linda Rubene jumper to extend the Hoosier led to six points. Nicole Bell capped an IU 7-0 spurt with her first career 3-point field goal with 8:44 to play as Indiana led, 45-36.
The Hoosier lead was never less than seven points the rest of the way as they limited ISU to just five second half field goals, holding the Sycamores to 21.7 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.
Bell scored a career-high eight points and added four assists without a turnover. Chaplin added eight points with six boards. Taufa tied a career mark with nine boards to lead the team.
As a team, IU forced 19 Indiana State miscues and outscored the Sycamores 28-7 in points off turnovers.
The Hoosiers will next play on Monday, Nov. 19, at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. That game will tip at 8 p.m. ET.
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