Hoosiers Defeat Radford, 74-47, at Saint Mary's Hilton Concord Classic
Nov. 28, 2008
MORAGA, Calif. - Senior Amber Jackson led all players with 25 points, while senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas recorded her 25th career double-double with 13 points and 11 boards as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Radford, 74-46, in the first game of the Hilton Concord Classic hosted by Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. The Hoosiers (3-2) will play the host Gaels Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET.
Jackson sank 8-of-9 on the game for her 25 points, and added four rebounds. Thomas was 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line for her 13 points. She also added two assists, one block and one steal.
The Hoosiers jumped out to a 5-0 lead within the first two minutes of the game on a layup by Haylie Linn and a three-point play from Jackson. However a jumper by Taleia Moton got the Highlanders (0-4) on the board as they put together a 6-2 run to come with one point of IU, 7-6, with 16:08 on the clock. However the Hoosiers answered outscoring Radford, 31-10, for the remainder of the half to take a 38-16 lead into the break.
Jackson netted 17 points in 14 minutes on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field in the first half and 7-of-9 shooting from the free throw line.
Indiana came out firing first in the second half on a jumper by Jori Davis at the 19:51 mark. The Highlanders answered just a few seconds later with a 3-pointer from Johnette Walker to cut the Hoosiers' lead to 40-19. A jumper by Kim Roberson, followed by a free throw from Whitney Thomas increased Indiana's lead to 43-19, with 17:49 on the clock. A foul and technical called on Roberson resulted in Moton sinking three of four free throws to give the Highlanders 22 points. However, Indiana continued to dominate defensively the remainder of the game en route to the 74-46 win.
Moton led Radford with 16 points. The Hoosiers won the battle of the boards, 41-25. IU shot 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from the floor and 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the free throw line, and held the Highlanders to 32.1 percent (17-of-53) shooting from the field and 29.4 percent (5-of-17) shooting from beyond the arc.
The Hoosiers' contest tomorrow against Saint Mary's can be heard live on WHCC 105.1 FM Bloomington, as Jeremy Gray calls the action from Moraga.
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