Women's Basketball

    Virginia Tops Indiana in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Aulani Sinclair had a team-high 12 points on the night.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Aulani Sinclair had a team-high 12 points on the night.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 1, 2011

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Indiana fell on the road at Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday night, 65-49. Sasha Chaplin had her second double-double of the season with 10 points while tying a career-high with 15 rebounds. Aulani Sinclair led the team in scoring with 12 points.

    Indiana (2-4) fell behind early and Virginia (6-2) took control of things in the first half. IU faced a 27-12 deficit after a Cavalier layup with 3:44 left until halftime. The Hoosiers then went to work. It started with Jasmine McGhee scoring five straight points on a couple of jumpers and free throw to cut the UVa lead to 10.

    Candyce Ussery then nailed a 3-point bomb from the top of the key and the Hoosiers trailed by just seven, 27-20, with 1:55 on the clock. Aulani Sinclair followed with a long-range field goal of her own from beyond the arc. Then as time was ticking down to end the half, Sasha Chaplin grabbed an offensive rebound and put up a base line jumper as time expired to cap a 13-0 Indiana run in the final 3:35 of the opening stanza. The Hoosiers trailed by just two heading into the break, 27-25.

    The Hoosiers opened the second half just as they closed the first, with a Chaplin field goal after an offensive rebound to tie the game for the first time, 27-27. Virginia then went on an 11-3 run to take its lead to eight, 38-30. IU responded quickly as Sinclair hit a 3-point field goal followed by a free throw on a later possession to pull within four, 38-34, with 13:35 remaining.

    The Cavaliers again increased their lead scoring six-consecutive points to jump ahead by 10. Indiana tried to fight back cutting the deficit to single-digits at 50-42, but UVa closed the door outscoring IU 15-7 down the stretch to take the victory.

    With Chaplin's double-double, the Hoosiers have had seven double-double performances on the year. Sinclair scored in double-figures for the fourth-consecutive game. The Hoosiers forced 24 Virginia turnovers while collecting 13 steals. The Cavaliers won the rebounding battle, 44-39, but IU topped UVa on the offensive glass, 18-11.

    The Hoosiers will return home on Sunday, Dec. 4, to welcome the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. The game will tip at Noon ET at Assembly Hall.

    Game Notes
    Aulani Sinclair scored in double-figures for the fourth-consecutive game finishing with 12 points. She also had three rebounds and an assist.

    Sasha Chaplin had her second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high tying 15 rebounds. Nine of those boards came on the offensive end. Chaplin also had five steals on the night, a new career-high.

    • The Hoosiers forced 24 Virginia Turnovers. It is the second-straight game Indiana forced over 20 turnovers.

    • IU had 13 steals on the night, making three games this season with 10 or more steals.

    • The Hoosiers held Virginia to just 29.6 percent shooting in the first half. It marks the third time this season that Indiana has held an opponent to under 30-percent shooting for a half.

    • Indiana went on a 13-0 run to end the first half in the final 3:35, then made it a 15-0 run scoring the first two points of the second half.




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