Hoosiers Win Hilton Concord Classic, Defeat Host Saint Mary's, 80-63
Nov. 30, 2008
MORAGA, Calif. - Senior Amber Jackson tied her career-high with 25 points and earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors as the Indiana women's basketball team won the Hilton Concord Classic championship game, defeating host Saint Mary's, 80-63, on Saturday, Nov. 29.
The Hoosiers (4-2) also posted two players on the all-tournament team as senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas and sophomore Jori Davis earned the honor. Against the Gaels (1-6), Davis recorded her first career double-double with a career-high 19 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Kim Roberson also netted double-digits with 12 points and added six assists and three steals.
The Hoosiers and Gaels battled point-for-point in the first eight minutes of the game, trading the lead seven times before Indiana took a one-point lead on a 3-pointer by Roberson at the 12:03 mark. A free throw by Andrea McGuirt gave the Hoosiers a two-point lead, 14-12, with 11:24 to go in the first stanza. IU held the lead until the 9:25 mark when Alex Carbonel sank a pair of free throws to tie the score at 16-16. However, Jackson put in a layup with 8:26 on the clock and the Hoosiers held the lead for the rest of the half, outscoring the Gaels, 25-11, to take a 42-27 lead into the break.
Davis recorded 12 of her points and 13 of her rebounds in the first half, shooting 5-of-9 from the field. Jackson scored 15 points in the first half, while Roberson netted 10.
Jamie Braun put the Hoosiers on the board first in the second half with a 3-pointer at the 19:33 mark to increase Indiana's lead to 18, 45-27. Louella Tomlinson answered with a layup with 19:09 on the clock to cut the Hoosiers' advantage to 16, 45-29. The Gaels would fight back and cut the Hoosiers' lead to 13, on a 3-pointer by Tomlinson at the 16:25 mark, but Indiana continue to dominate defensively for the 80-63 win.
The Hoosiers shot 40.5 percent (34-of-84) from the field, and outrebounded the Gaels, 59-49. Indiana also held Saint Mary's to 34.4 percent shooting (21-of-61) from the field, while the Hoosiers were able to convert 15 steals off of the Gaels 18 turnovers.
Indiana wraps up its five-game road trip when they visit Coral Gables, Fla., to take on Miami in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET.
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