Four Score in Double-Digits as Indiana Defeats Evansville, 83-80
Nov. 30, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four scored in double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team was able to hold on to an 83-80 win over Evansville on Thursday, Nov. 30, in Assembly Hall.
Senior Sarah McKay scored a team-high 19 points, senior Leah Enterline scored 16 points, junior Nikki Smith added 15 and sophomore Kim Roberson scored 11 points in the victory. Sophomore Whitney Thomas led players with a career-high 14 rebounds.
With the scored tied at 80-80 by way of a pair of free throws from Evansville's Rebekah Parker with 1:14 to go, a free throw from Thomas followed by a pair of freebies from Smith gave the Hoosiers (6-1) the three-point advantage en route to the 83-80 win.
The Hoosiers held the Purple Aces (4-2) to just seven points in the first nine and a half minutes of the game, taking a 25-7 advantage with 10:29 on the clock. However, Evansville put together a 12-5 run, decreasing the deficit to 10, 30-20, with 7:37 to go in the half. A three-pointer from Enterline increased the Hoosier advantage back to 13, but Evansville used a 21-11 run cutting IU's lead to just one, 44-43, as both teams headed into halftime.
Evansville jumped ahead by two, 46-44, under a minute into the second half as Courtney Felke hit a three-pointer, but McKay answered for the Hoosiers with lay-up to knot the score at 46-46, with 18:32 left in the game. Felke answered with another three to give the Purple Aces a three-point advantage, 49-46, with 17:29 on the clock. However, IU answered again with a layup and three-pointer by Smith. Enterline followed with another three to give the Hoosiers a five-point lead, 54-49, with 15:53 left in the game. The two teams continued to trade leads through the remainder of the second half before Indiana was able clinch the win on free throws by Thomas and Smith in the closing minutes.
Indiana shot 52.8 percent (28-of-53) from the field to Evansville's 38.7 percent (24-of-62), and the Hoosiers won the battle of the boards, 40-36.
McKay hit 9-of-10 from the field and added three blocked shots and a steal in her first start of the season. Enterline sank 4-of-9 from the floor including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and 5-of-9 from the line and added three assists and two steals. Smith hit 3-of-9 from the field, 2-of-6 from the three-point line and 7-of-8 from charity stripe, and Roberson shot 5-of-9 from the field with a three-pointer and added three steals and two assists. Thomas recorded a team-high five assists and four steals.
Felke led all players with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field with all six shots coming from behind the arc. Senff added 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, Parker scored 15 points and Robyn Jennings added 12 points in the effort.
Indiana opens a three-game road trip on Sunday, Dec. 3 when they face Notre Dame in what is a nearly sold out Joyce Center. Catch the action as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the game live on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tipoff against the Fighting Irish is set for 2 p.m. (EST).
On giving up an 18-point lead in the first half
On her halftime talk with the team
Senior center Sarah McKay
On being more aggressive offensively below the basket
Junior guard Nikki Smith
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