Women's Basketball

    Four Score in Double-Digits as Indiana Defeats Evansville, 83-80

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Sarah McKay led IU with 19 points in her first start of the season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Sarah McKay led IU with 19 points in her first start of the season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 30, 2006

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    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).

    Postgame Quotes
    Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack
    Opening statement
    "Today, we beat a good team. Evansville is fantastic and has a strong possibility to win their conference and make to the NCAA Tournament. In our opinion, they are an NCAA kind of team. But we are soldiers, too. Our players never quit. We gave up a huge lead, but we stayed together and found a way to get a good win."

    On giving up an 18-point lead in the first half
    "We lost our composure. They went fast, we tried to go faster. They took three's, we tried to take three's. We did a great job of getting the ball inside to Whitney and to Sarah and they couldn't defend that. They went to a zone and switched the momentum a little bit. We forgot to look at our open shots from the perimeter and we just went too fast."

    On her halftime talk with the team
    "I told them to take a deep breath and attack it. They showed a nice press that was very good, but I thought that we could have dribbled through it a little bit and get some opportunities on the back end. In the first half, we would break the press and get quick shots. In the second half, we broke the press and then we got into our offense and ran man against the zone, which was very effective."

    Senior center Sarah McKay
    On starting for the first time this season
    "I knew that I needed to step up for the team. Coach Jack challenged me in practice yesterday and told me that I needed to take care of business. I told my teammates that I would catch the ball if they threw it to me. When you have that trust in each other, good things can happen and they did."

    On being more aggressive offensively below the basket
    "It's the confidence the I'm gaining in myself and the confidence that I'm gaining from my teammates and my coaches. I've been in great position for the passes that I'm getting."

    Junior guard Nikki Smith
    On scoring 14 points in the second half
    "I think I started off slow with the two fouls and was too excited and too aggressive. I knew that I needed to go in there and keep my composure and have confidence and have fun."




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