Hoosiers Fall to Wake Forest, 55-53, in First Round of Paradise Jam Tournament
Nov. 22, 2007
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - The Indiana women's basketball team suffered their first loss of the season as they fell to Wake Forest, 55-53, in the first game of the 2007 Paradise Jam Tournament, played at the University of the Virgin Islands in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., on Thursday, Nov. 22.
The Hoosiers (3-1) opened the first half with a 15-4 lead, holding the Demon Deacons (3-1) to just one field goal and a pair of free throws for nearly the first seven minutes. A 7-0 Wake Forest run cut the Hoosiers lead to four, 15-11, with 10:04 remaining in the first half. An 18-11 Indiana run kept the Hoosiers in front as IU went into the break leading, 33-22.
Braun led IU with 12 points in the first half as the Hoosiers shot 35.1 (13-of-37) percent from the floor. Indiana also forced the Demon Deacons into committing 15 turnovers in the first half, while tallying eight steals.
Wake Forest came storming out of the second half on a 9-0 run to cut the Hoosiers lead back to two, 33-29, with 15:41 on the clock. A three-point play by Thomas increased the IU advantage to four, 35-31, at the 15:20 mark. A 9-0 Wake Forest run, capped off by a 3-pointer from Alex Tchangoue, gave the Demon Deacons their first lead of the game, 38-36, with 13:30 remaining in the contest. Thomas sank a free throw, which was followed by a Jori Davis 3-pointer that put the Hoosiers within two, 42-40, with 10:38 left on the clock. Amber Jackson hit one of two free throws to knot the score at 43-43, with 5:26 remaining, but a Corinne Groves jumper at the 5:12 mark put the Deacons back on top, 45-43.
A free throw by Courteney Morris increased the Wake Forest lead by three, 46-43, but a Jackson layup kept the Hoosiers within one, 46-45, with 4:32 remaining in the game. Following a Wake Forest trip to the line that increased the Deacons lead to two, Braun sank a jumper with 2:51 to go to tie the score at 47-47. Back-to-back Wake Forest jumpers increased its lead to four, 51-47, but Braun sank a trey to put IU within one, 51-50, with 1:23 remaining. Junior Kim Roberson followed a free throw with a layup to tie the game up at 53-53 with 37.8 seconds left to play. A pair of free throws by Groves regained the advantage for Demon Deacons with 17.4 seconds remaining and that was all Wake Forest needed to seal the 55-53 win.
Braun led IU on the game with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Jackson added 11 points and a team-high eight boards and Thomas scored 10 points in the effort.
Roberson collected nine steals, tying Deb McClurg (1982) and Amy Cherubini (1991) for IU's single-game steals record. McClurg set the mark against Northwestern, while Cherubini recorded her nine against Illinois-Chicago.
Despite forcing the Demon Deacons into committing 25 turnovers, the Hoosiers shot 29.9 (20-67) percent from the floor and were outrebounded 46-38. Wake Forest sank 43.8 (21-of-48) percent from the field and were led by Groves who netted 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Hoosiers will face Wichita State tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET. For complete coverage of the 2007 Paradise Jam, visit IUHOOSIERS.com.
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