Braun, Elam Lead Hoosiers to 64-57 Win Over Cincinnati
Nov. 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Jamie Braun collected 12 points and 10 rebounds and junior Hope Elam netted a team-high 15 points as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Cincinnati, 64-57, in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers improve to 3-0 with the win.
The Hoosiers jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the first four and half minutes of the first half only to see the Bearcats (1-1) use an 8-2 run to cut IU's lead to two, 13-11. The Hoosiers closed out the half outscoring Cincinnati 23-12 to take a 36-23 lead into the break.
Indiana opened the second half on a 9-6 run to take a 16-point lead, it's largest of the game, 45-29, with 14:23 on the clock. However, Cincinnati built up a 26-11 run to take a 57-56 lead with 2:14 left to play. Sophomore Sasha Chaplin sank one of two free throws with 1:57 on the clock to knot the score for a second time in the game. With 1:16 to go, sophomore Andrea McGuirt nailed what would be the game winning 3-pointer, which was followed by a jumper from Elam with just 31 seconds left to add a little cushion for IU. Elam then hit two more free throws with six seconds on the clock as the Hoosiers came away with the 64-57 win.
Elam made 5-of-11 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and added five rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. Braun sank 5-of-12 from the field, with two 3's, and tallied five assists and five steals. McGuirt scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and sank 2-of-2 from the 3-point line to go along with two steals in 12 minutes in her first career start. Junior Jori Davis came off the bench and recorded seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
"We work hard in practice and go out there and focus on what we need to do," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "If you do what you need to do I think the score takes care of itself."
"Everyone steps up and we don't know who is going to be called upon," said McGuirt. "We are just always ready and which ever number is called we just have to come through."
The Hoosiers shot 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from the 3-point line. IU just won the battle on the boards, 38-35.
"There is always going to be growing, but I think it started out with the summer when we were all here bonding and working hard," said Braun. "We hang out (as a team) off the court, not only just on the court, and I think that just helps us out knowing what each other likes to do on the court and it brings us closer together."
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 22, when it hosts Missouri at 2 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall on the Big Ten Network.
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