Hoosiers Defeat Missouri Behind Thomas' Double-Double, 63-54
Nov. 25, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas tallied her 24th career double-double with 23 points and 16 rebounds as the Indiana women's basketball team (2-2) knocked off Missouri, 63-54, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Thomas sank 10-of-15 from the floor, grabbed nine board from the offensive glass and added three assists and a steal. Her double-double moves her up to fifth place on IU's career double-double list, tied with Zan Jeffries. Junior Jamie Braun scored 11 points and added a career-high eight assists. Braun also recorded six rebounds and three steals. Freshman Sasha Chaplin pulled down a career-high seven boards, six of which game on the defensive end.
It took more than a minute for either team to score, but the Tigers got on the board first at the 18:40 mark on a layup by Shakara Jones. Thomas answered with her own layup, but it wasn't long as the Mizzou built up a 10-5 lead within the first six minutes of the game. The Hoosiers found a grove, though, as a layup by Chaplin sparked a 24-6 Indiana run that included three consecutive 3-pointers from Kim Roberson (two) and Braun between the 12:30 and11:04 marks. IU's run was capped by a layup from Thomas with 5:14 remaining in the first stanza. Missouri wasn't going away though as the Tigers fought back, outscoring the Hoosiers, 12-2 in the final 4:58 to go into the break with IU leading by four, 31-28.
Indiana opened the second half on back-to-back three-point plays from Thomas at the 19:38 mark and again with 18:55 on the clock to increase the Hoosier advantage to nine, 37-28. But the Tigers came back, cutting Indiana's lead to four, on a layup from Alyssa Hollins and a 3-pointer by Jessra Johnson. With 14:40 on the clock, Jori Davis netted a jumper to increase IU's lead to six, 39-33. Following a layup by Thomas at the 14:04 mark. However Mizzou kept battling back, using a 7-0 run to come back within one, 41-40, with 11:27 remaining in the game. A jumper by Thomas increased IU's lead back to three, 43-40, but Johnson answered with a jumper to come back within one, 43-42. Another layup by Thomas kept the IU advantage at three with 10:20 to go, but a three-point play by Johnson knotted the game at 45-45, with 8:47 on the clock. A layup by Davis at the 8:33 mark put IU back up by two, 47-45, but free throw by Johnson brought the Tigers back within one. With 7:28 to go, Kim Roberson was fouled on the 3-point line and sank two of her three free throws. After blocking a Mizzou shot, Chaplin made her way back to the Hoosiers' end of the court to put in a layup and increase Indiana's lead to 51-46, with 6:55 remaining in the game. A fastbreak layup by Jamie Braun at the 5:55 mark upped the IU edge to seven, 53-46.
At the 4:40 mark, Mizzou's Jones completed a three-point play to cut the Hoosiers' lead to six, but a layup by Amber Jackson put Indiana back up by eight, 57-49, with 4:23 to go. A 3-pointer by Jasmyn Otote, followed by a jumper from Hollins cut the Hoosiers' back to three, 57-54, with 2:13 remaining, but the Hoosiers held on to build back up a nine-point lead for the 63-54 win.
The Hoosiers shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the field and won the battle of the boards, 45-34. Missouri shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from the field and were led by Hollins with 16 points, and Johnson with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Indiana continues its action on the road as it will take on Radford on Friday, Nov. 28 in the Saint Mary's Hilton Thanksgiving Tournament in Moraga, Calif. Tip-off against Radford is set for 8 p.m. ET.
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