Indiana Wins on the Road at Belmont, 63-52
Nov. 18, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Indiana overcame a second half Belmont run to win in Nashville on Friday night, 63-52. Three Hoosiers were in double-figures in points with Aulani Sinclair leading the way with 12 points. Freshman Quaneisha McCurty had a double-double performance with 10 points and a game-leading 16 rebounds. Alisha Goodwin added 11 points for IU off the bench.
Jasmine McGhee started things on the right note in the Music City for Indiana (2-1) connecting on back-to-back jumpers to give IU a 4-0 advantage in the early going. Belmont (0-4) responded scoring eight-consecutive points over a 1:40 span to lead, 8-4, at the 16:44 mark.
Candyce Ussery was a spark off the bench to slow the Bruin attack hitting a 3-point field goal and followed that with a steal and runaway layup to take back the lead for IU, 9-8. Ussery's bucket from long distance was the first points of her collegiate career.
Later in the half, the score was knotted at 19-19. McCurty and Necole Sterling hit on consecutive field goals to build the Hoosier lead to 23-19 with 4:31 left in the opening stanza. After a pair of Belmont free throws, Ussery again connected on a field goal. Alisha Goodwin found an open Aulani Sinclair on a later possession for a 3-point bomb before McCurty hit 1-of-2 free throws to cap off a 10-2 run for the Hoosiers to end the half in IU's favor, 29-21.
The Hoosiers came out of the locker room just as they went into the break, Sinclair hit from long distance just seconds into the half and Andrea Newbauer nailed a runner driving down the left side of the lane to give IU a 34-21 advantage with 18:32 remaining.
IU later extended its lead to 15 points after a Goodwin layup with 11:41 on the clock and Indiana leading, 42-27. The Bruins continued to fight with a 12-2 spurt to get within single digits, 44-39, with 7:03 to go.
The Hoosiers then stopped the bleeding as Newbauer found McCurty on a fast break who hit on the layup and was fouled on the way up and completed the three-point play. The Bruins answered again before Newbauer added another assist with Sinclair hitting a jumper in the paint to give IU a seven-point advantage, 49-42.
Belmont answered yet again with four quick points to get within three of the Hoosiers, 49-46, with 4:30 on the clock. But IU did not give in closing the game on a 14-4 run with Jones scoring five of those points to earn the road win.
The Hoosiers held the Belmont offense to just 28.3-percent shooting from the field for the game and won the battle of boards for the third-consecutive game, 55-41. The IU bench came up huge as the Indiana reserves poured in 44 points on the night.
IU will return to the court to battle Miami (OH) on the road on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET in Oxford, Ohio.
Quaneisha McCurty put together the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 16 rebounds. The freshman shot 4-of-10 from the field and had two blocks and two steals.
Junior captain Aulani Sinclair was a spark off the bench scoring 12 points on a perfect night shooting the ball going 4-of-4 from the field, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
Alisha Goodwin was also big off the bench finishing with 11 points , three rebounds and three steals.
Indiana won the rebounding battle for the third-consecutive game, 55-41.
IU outscored Belmont in the paint, 30-22.
The Hoosiers finished with 23 offensive rebounds and had 17 second-chance points to Belmont's nine.
The Indiana defense held Belmont to just 28.3-percent shooting from the field for the game and collected 12 steals from the Bruins.
Indiana's bench outscored the Belmont reserves, 44-14.
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