Nov. 23, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team won its fourth-straight game with a 60-49 win over IUPUI in Assembly Hall on Friday night. IU held a third straight opponent under 50 points, the first time for a Hoosier team to perform that feat since 1973-74. Three Hoosiers scored in double-figures led by Aulani Sinclair's 20 points.
Linda Rubene started things offensively for Indiana (4-1) with back-to-back layups before she found an open Milika Taufa who connected on a 3-point field goal at the 17:39 mark to give IU a 7-0 lead.
After an IUPUI (3-2) field goal, Jasmine McGhee nailed a layup to get the lead back to seven points. Taufa followed with another field goal before Sinclair took advantage of a Jaguar turnover to hit a jumper to give Indiana a 13-2 edge with 15:59 to play in the opening stanza.
Indiana pushed its lead to 15 points, 27-12, but IUPUI answered with a 6-0 run to cut the deficit into single digits with 4:30 to play in the half.
The Hoosier offense then went to work again, beginning with a Rubene bucket followed by a Sinclair field goal. McGhee then found Rubene for a field goal at the 2:36 mark to give IU a 33-18 edge. Sinclair struck again from long distance to cap a 9-0 burst for IU and built a 36-18 lead. Indiana took a 38-21 advantage into the locker room.
IU shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) in the first half, a season best for a single half this season.
Indiana used a 10-0 run midway through the second half to put the hammer down on the Jaguars. It began with a Sinclair field goal at the 16:37 mark. Taufa then made good on a free throw and layup to make it a 43-25 IU lead.
Sinclair hit another 3-pointer and a put-back layup on back-to-back possessions to extend Indiana's lead to 23 points, 48-25, with 13:50 to play.
The Hoosiers led by as much as 25 points in the second half.
Sinclair had her best shooting night of the season, going 8-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. The senior also had a season-high eight rebounds.
Taufa finished with a career-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and going 2-for-2 from 3-point range. Her two 3-pointers are a career best for a single game. She also added five rebounds, two steals and a block.
Rubene also had a career night, setting career marks with 11 points and five assists.
As a team, IU outscored IUPUI in the paint, 36-24. The Hoosiers shot a season-high 47.2 percent from the floor and had a season-best 15 assists for the game.
Indiana will next host IPFW on Monday, Nov. 26, in Bloomington. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET.
With the win over IUPUI, Indiana has won four games in a row for the first time since winning four straight between Jan. 11-Jan. 22, 2009.
The Indiana defense held the Jaguars to 49 points, marking the third-straight game in which IU has held its opponent under 50 points. It marks the first time a Hoosier team has held three-consecutive opponents under 50 points since the 1973-1974 season when IU held opponents under 50 in five-straight games. It is the first time an IU team has accomplished the feat since the NCAA began recognizing a women's basketball national champion in 1981-82.
Indiana shot 61.5 percent from the floor in the first half, marking the team's best shooting percentage for a single half this season.
IU shot a season-high 47.2 percent from the floor for the game, a season high.
The Hoosiers shot 40.0 percent from 3-point range, marking the third time this season that IU has shot 40.0 percent or better from beyond the arc. Indiana is 3-0 in those three contests.
Indiana outscored IUPUI in the paint, 36-24.
The Hoosiers dished for 15 assists in the game, a season best.
Aulani Sinclair led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season, tallying 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and going 4-for-5 from 3-point range. She also grabbed a season-high eight rebounds.
Milika Taufa scored a career-high 13 points with five rebounds, two steals and a block. Taufa shot 5-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Her two 3-pointers are the most she has made in a single game in her career.
Linda Rubene set career marks with 11 points and five assists. The senior also had four rebounds and a blocked shot, logging a career-high 37 minutes of playing time.