Hoosiers Fall to 10th-Ranked Texas A&M, 60-48
Nov. 24, 2007
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. - The Indiana women's basketball team fell to No. 10/11 Texas A&M, 60-48, in the final game of the 2007 Paradise Jam Tournament on the campus of the University of the Virgin Islands in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., on Saturday, Nov. 24.
The Hoosiers (4-2) jumped out with a 4-0 lead in the first two minutes of the first half, only to see the Aggies (4-1) take a 5-0 run to take the one-point advantage. The two teams traded the lead until Texas A&M used a 10-2 run to take a 17-10 lead with 8:40 remaining in the half. A Jamie Braun jumper ignited an 8-2 Hoosier run that cut the lead to one, 19-18, with 3:54 to go. A layup by Patrice Reado built up Texas A&M's lead to 21-18, but a combined effort between Whitney Thomas and Amber Jackson gave IU a 22-21 lead with 1:38 to go. Back-to-back jumpers by the Aggies sent the two teams into the break with Texas A&M leading, 25-22.
Indiana opened the second half with two straight jumpers by Braun and Thomas to take a 26-25 lead within the first minute and half. A jumper by Danielle Gant sparked a 9-2 run that regained a six point lead for A&M, 34-28, with 16:14 on the clock. A pair of Jackson free throws followed by a jumper from Kim Roberson cut the deficit to just two, 34-32, with 15:42 remaining on the clock, but an 8-0 Texas A&M run regained a 10-point advantage for the Aggies with 10:43 remaining in the game. The Hoosiers kept battling back, but the Aggies were able to maintain at least an eight-point lead en route to a 60-48 win.
Braun led IU with 14 points, earning Paradise Jam All-Star honors. She also added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the effort. Thomas scored 12 points and added five boards, four steals and three blocks, and Jackson added 10 points and six rebounds.
The Hoosiers shot 34.7 (17-of-49) percent from the floor and were outrebounded 41-33. IU forced the Aggies into committing 19 turnovers, while collecting 12 steals.
Indiana will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 30 when they host Florida State in the first annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Hoosiers battle against the Seminoles will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and WHCC-FM 105.1. Tip-off against Florida State is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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