Hoosiers Fall Short to Missouri, 76-71
Nov. 22, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four Hoosiers reached double-digits in a hard fought battle against Missouri, however the Tigers came away with a 76-71 win over the Indiana women's basketball team in Assembly Hall on Sunday, Nov. 22.
Senior Jamie Braun led all players with 20 points, while junior Jori Davis netted 14 points off the bench. Sophomore Sasha Chaplin tallied 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and junior Hope Elam scored 11 points in the effort.
"I am encouraged by our effort today," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "I thought that we played with a lot of spirit, a lot of desire, and a lot of oneness. I thought that what we lacked was the details of the game. I don't think we need to get more talent here, I think we have to get smarter with the talent that we have."
The Hoosiers (3-1) and Tigers (2-1) battled back and forth for the first three minutes of the game before Mizzou put together a 24-10 run to take a 30-16 lead with 10:33 left to play. A pair of free throws from Davis at the 10:20 mark ignited a 22-6 Hoosier run that sent both teams into the break with Indiana leading 38-36. IU tightened up its defense and forced nine Tiger turnovers in the final 10 minutes of the first stanza to aid in the run.
Indiana came out just as aggressive in the second half, outscoring Missouri, 14-7, in the first seven minutes to take a 52-43 lead with 13:01 to play. However, the Tigers came back and used a 3-pointer from Marissa Scott at the 12:45 mark to start a 7-0 run to cut the Hoosiers' lead to two, 52-50. A pair of free throws by Braun gave IU a four-point edge, 54-50, and started an 8-3 run, but Mizzou answered with a 10-0 run to take a three-point lead, 63-60, with 5:47 left to play. IU answered again, this time on a pair of free throws from junior Whitney Lindsay and a layup by Davis to regain a one-point advantage, 64-63, with 4:11 on the clock. The Tigers were right there and outscored IU, 13-7, in the final 3:57 for the 76-71 win.
Braun was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line and sank 6-of-18 from the field to go along with two assists and two steals. Davis shot 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line, and added six rebounds and two assists. Chaplin made 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe for her 12 points and tallied two blocked shots and a steal, and Elam added six boards.
"I am encouraged by this team today, and I believe we are going to be a team to be reckoned with in the future," added Legette-Jack.
The Hoosiers sank 20-of-25 from the free throw line for an 80.0 percent clip, but were dominated on the boards, 47-34.
Indiana returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 26, and will battle No. 12 Virginia in the first of two games in the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas.
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