Indiana Earns Tough Road Win Over Clemson
Dec. 2, 2010
CLEMSON, S.C. - With the game in the balance with less than eight minutes to play and leading just by two, Indiana shut the door on Clemson, outscoring the Tigers 15-3 in the final moments to notch a 65-51 win on the road. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis netted a team-high 17 points while grabbing five boards and four steals. Sophomore Aulani Sinclair added 15 points off the bench for the Hoosiers.
Early in the first half, with Indiana (4-3) trailing 10-7, Davis ignited the offense with a 3-pointer from the corner and seconds later grabbing a steal and runaway layup to make the score 12-10 in favor of IU with 12:26 remaining.
After a Clemson (5-2) make from beyond the arc, the Hoosiers scored nine-straight points with sophomore Aulani Sinclair hitting a layup and 3-pointer, followed by a pair of free throws from Andrea McGuirt and capped off by an Alisha Goodwin jumper. The Tigers connected with a layup from Shaniqua Pauldo before Davis hit a free throw and Sinclair dialed in from 3-point range again to wrap up a 17-4 Indiana run to make the score 24-15 with 4:04 remaining in the half.
The Hoosiers would hold the lead to take a 29-23 advantage into the locker. Sinclair was the story of the half netting 12 points going 5-for-5 from the field including the pair of treys as IU limited Clemson to just 26.9 percent shooting in the half (7-of-26).
The second half began with Indiana outscoring Clemson 17-11 in the first 7:20 to extend the advantage to 12 at 46-34. However, the Tigers roared their way back into the game going on a 14-4 run of their own to narrow the deficit to 50-48 with 7:56 remaining. That's as close as the Tigers would come, as IU dominated the final minutes outscoring Clemson 15-3 to finish the game.
"It was exciting representing Indiana on the road, and we take that very seriously," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "But it was bigger than just Indiana this time. It was for our Big Ten Conference, it was the challenge...and in order for us to be good it had to come through our defense. And we found a way to get a victory."
Indiana comes back home to Assembly Hall on Sunday to battle Nebraska in IU's first nationally-televised game of the year live on the Big Ten Network. Tip-off is set for Noon ET.
- Senior Whitney Lindsay nabbed four steals in the win. She has grabbed four or more steals in two games this season (6, vs. Memphis on Nov. 18)
- Sophomore Aulani Sinclair scored 15 points for her second double-figure scoring game of the season. Sinclair's first half was flawless shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the field in the first half including 2-for-2 from 3-point range.
- With forcing 23 Clemson turnovers, Indiana has caused 20 or more opponent turnovers in every game this season.
- Clemson's shot 31.0 percent from the field, the lowest-percentage an Indiana opponent has shot in a game this season.
- With Sinclair's 15 points, the Hoosiers have had a member of the bench score 10 or more points in every game this season. IU non-starters tallied 17 points off the bench in the win.
- Junior Danilsa Andujar tallied a career-high eight points on 4-of-4 shooting. It eclipses her previous mark of six points, which she tallied five times in her career, the last against Saint Louis on Nov. 24.
- Senior Andrea McGuirt tied a career-best grabbing eight rebounds, it's the second time she has brought down eight boards in her career, the other time came against Ball State on Nov. 12.
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