Hoosiers Defeat Wichita State, 64-54, in Second Round of Paradise Jam
Nov. 23, 2007
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - The Indiana women's basketball team knocked off Wichita State, 64-54, in their second game of the 2007 Paradise Jam Tournament held at the University of the Virgin Islands in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., on Friday, Nov. 23.
Both the Hoosiers (4-1) and Shockers (1-3) suffered cold shooting in the first half as the score held at 0-0 for the two-plus minutes of the game. Junior Kim Roberson put Indiana on the board at the 17:49 mark with a jumper. The Shockers answered as the two teams traded the lead for the remainder of the half. With 3:35 remaining to the half, Wichita State built up a 23-19 lead, only to see IU use a 10-2 run to take a 29-25 lead, by way of a pair of 3's from senior Nikki Smith. However, back-to-back jumpers by Kiki Stephens sent the two teams into break knotted at 29-29.
A free throw by junior Amber Jackson opened the scoring in the second half and gave the Hoosiers a one-point advantage, 30-29, at the 19:04 on the clock, but a 9-3 Wichita State run put the Shockers up, 38-33, with 14:03 remaining in the half. However, Indiana answered with an 11-3 run to take a 44-41 lead with 10:24 to go. Back-to-back layups by the Shockers cut Indiana's score to just one, 49-48, at the 5:59 mark, but a 3-pointer by Smith gave the Hoosiers a little momentum as they maintained at least a five-point lead en route to a 64-54 win.
The Hoosiers had three score in double figures as sophomore Jamie Braun led the way with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Smith added 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Junior Whitney Thomas scored 10 points and added a career-high seven steals, five rebounds and four assists. Jackson led IU on the boards with nine.
Indiana sank 51.0 (25-of-49) percent from the floor and collected 12 steals off of 24 Wichita State turnovers. However, the Shockers won the battle of the boards, 34-26.
The Hoosiers will be back in action tomorrow when they take on No. 10/11 Texas A&M in their final game of the Paradise Jam Tournament. Tip-off against the Aggies is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. Catch the battle between IU and Texas A&M on WHCC 105.1 FM as Jeremy Gray calls the action from the Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of UVI.
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