Hoosiers Knock Off Ball State, 76-71
Nov. 17, 2007
MUNCIE, Ind. - Sophomore Jamie Braun scored 24 points as the Indiana women's basketball team opened the road slate with a 76-71 win over Ball State in Muncie, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 17.
With a 4-2 IU lead at the 19:07 mark, a Ball State 3-pointer by Porcia Green ignited a 30-13 run that put the Cardinals up, 33-17, with 6:35 remaining the first half. But a pair of free throws by Nikki Smith started 19-5 Hoosier run, which included eight points from Braun, that cut Ball State's lead to two at the break, 38-36.
The second half started with a Kim Roberson steal that led to a layup from Braun that tied the score, 38-38, with 19:42 remaining in the game. The Cardinals answered with a layup by Julie DeMuth, but IU also had an answer with a jumper by Amber Jackson at the 17:53 mark to keep the score knotted, 40-40. Another jumper by DeMuth put Ball State back up by two, only to see the Hoosiers respond with back-to-back jumpers by Kim Roberson and Jackson to give IU a 44-42 lead with 16:12 remaining in the game.
The Cardinals put together a 7-1 run to take a 49-45 lead at the 12:44 mark, but a 24-8 Indiana run, that was capped off by a layup by Roberson, put the Hoosiers up 69-59 with 1:24 left in the game. A 3-pointer by Ball State's Green cut IU's lead to seven, 69-62, with 1:11 to go. But the Hoosiers were able to hold on for the 76-71 win.
Braun led the Hoosiers with 24 points, hitting 9-of-18 from the floor with three 3-pointers. She also tallied six assists and two steals in the effort. Roberson added 15 points, Smith scored 14 poitns and Jackson netted 11 points in the win. Thomas grabbed a team-high 11 boards and recorded four steals.
DeMuth led Ball State with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
The Hoosiers shot 51.9 (28-of-54) percent from the floor and 50.0 (8-of-16) percent from the 3-point line. Indiana forced Ball State into committing 19 turnovers and won the rebounding battle, 32-28.
Indiana will be back in action on Thanksgiving Day when the battle Wake Forest in its first game of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam at 1 p.m. ET. Jeremy Gray will call all of the action from St. Thomas on WHCC-FM 105.1.
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