Nov. 26, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team won its fifth-consecutive game with its triumph over IPFW on Monday night, 64-47. The Hoosiers are off to their best start through six games since the 2006-07 season when IU started 5-1 that year. IU had three players score in double-figures, led by Aulani Sinclair's 18 points followed by Nicole Bell's 13 points. Jasmine McGhee added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Bell stole the show in the first half. It started as she came off the bench to nail back-to-back 3-point field goals on consecutive Hoosier possessions to give IU an 11-5 advantage with 14:11 remaining in the opening stanza.
Indiana (5-1) later built its lead to double digits over IPFW (2-3) when Aulani Sinclair nailed a field goal from beyond the arc while being fouled at the 7:38 mark. She then converted the four-point play by hitting a free throw to make it a 23-11 Indiana lead.
With Indiana leading 31-20, Sasha Chaplin hit a free throw before Bell connected on another 3-pointer to push the IU lead to 15 points. Bell then hit her fourth 3-point field goal of the half to cap a 7-0 Indiana run to end the half. The Hoosiers led 38-20 at the break.
IPFW came out of the locker room with a flourish, outscoring Indiana 16-7 in the first 9:37 of the second half to pull within nine, 45-36, with 11:23 to play. The Hoosiers quickly shut the door with an old fashioned three-point play by Linda Rubene before Sinclair followed suit with another four-point play, hitting a free throw after being fouled on a 3-pointer for a quick 7-0 IU run and a 52-36 lead with 9:39 to play.
The Hoosiers increased their lead to as much as 19 points in the final minutes. Simone Deloach put the final touch on the win with a layup with 22 seconds on the clock.
As a team, Indiana shot 53.2 percent (25-for-47) for the game, a season best. It was the first time that IU had shot over 50 percent from the floor since Feb. 13, 2011, when Indiana shot 52.9 percent against Penn State. From beyond the arc, the Hoosiers shot 42.9 percent, hitting on a season-best nine 3-point field goals.
Indiana held its fourth-straight opponent to under 50 points, a feat that was last accomplished in 1973-74. IU limited the Mastodons to just 19.0 percent (4-fo-21) shooting from beyond the arc, the lowest 3-point shooting percentage by any Indiana opponent this season.
Sinclair finished the night shooting 6-of-12 from the field, including four 3-point field goals, marking her third-straight game with four or more 3-pointers. She also had seven rebounds, tied a career high with three assists and added a steal.
Bell scored a career-high 13 points, 12 of which came in the first half. The freshman shot 4-of-8 for the game, all from beyond the arc and had two assists.
McGhee went 6-for-10 from the field and added three assists and a steal. She now has three career double-doubles.
With the win, Indiana improves to 5-1 on the season, the best start through six games for an IU team since 2006-07, when the Hoosiers began that season at 5-1.
Indiana has now won five-straight games, it's longest win streak since the 2008-09 season. That year Indiana won nine-consecutive games between Nov. 25, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009.
IU shot 53.2 percent from the floor, a season best. It's the first time an Indiana team has shot 50 percent or better in a single game since shooting 52.9 percent against Penn State on Feb. 13. 2011.
In the first half, the Hoosiers shot 68.2 percent (15-for-22) from the field, a season high for a single half. It is the second-straight game in which IU has shot 60 percent or better in a half.
The Indiana defense held IPFW to just 19.0 percent (4-for-21) shooting from 3-point range, the lowest 3-point shooting percentage by an IU opponent this season.
IPFW shot 33.3 percent from the floor in the game. Indiana has held opponents to 33.3 percent shooting or lower in each of the last five games and are 5-0 in those contests.
The Hoosiers have held four-consecutive opponents below 50 points, a program first since the 1973-74 season.
As a team, IU shot 42.9 percent (9-for-21) from long distance while connecting on a season-high nine 3-point field goals. Indiana has shot 40 percent or better from beyond the arc in four games this season and are 4-0 in those contests.
IU outrebounded the Mastodons, 34-29. The Hoosiers are 4-0 this season when they outrebound their opponent.
Indiana dished for a season-best 17 assists as a team, marking the second-straight game with 15 or more assists.
The Hoosiers outscored IPFW in the paint, 24-16, and in bench points, 18-15.
Aulani Sinclair scored 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including hitting on 4-of-9 from 3-point range. She also had seven boards, a steal and tied a career mark with three assists. The senior has scored in double-figures in every game this season and 38 times in her career.
With her four 3-point field goals made, Sinclair has made four or more from beyond the arc in three-straight games and 10 times overall in her career.
Nicole Bell scored a career-high 13 points in the game, shooting 4-for-8 from the field, all from 3-point range. She also had two assists and a rebound. It was Bell's first career game scoring in double figures.
Jasmine McGhee accomplished her third career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The senior shot 6-for-10 from the field to go along with three assists and a steal.
Linda Rubene finished with nine points on the night going 4-for-9 from the field and added three assists, three rebounds and a block.
Milika Taufa had eight boards in the game and has skied for eight or more rebounds in four games this season.