Dec. 2, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team had its six game win streak snapped on Sunday with a 69-58 loss to Cleveland State. Senior Jasmine McGhee led the Hoosiers with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Vikings (3-4) started early with a quick 4-0 lead before senior Linda Rubene's layup got the Hoosiers (6-2) on the board.
IU trailed, 13-6, before putting together a 7-0 run that started with a McGhee jumper and a Milika Taufa Layup. McGhee then connected on another field goal before knocking down a free throw to tie the game at 13-13.
Cleveland State answered quickly with a 16-6 run over the next four minutes to take a 10-point lead, 29-19 with 4:37 remaining in the half. The Vikings built their lead to as much as 12, 35-23, with 2:33 to go. Another layup by Rubene at the 12 second mark would make the score 37-27 at the half.
Out of the halftime break, CSU built its biggest lead of the game when Kierstan Green hit a layup that pushed the lead to thirteen, 46-33, with 15:58 to play.
With 11:44 remaining, McGhee hit a 3-pointer to finish off a 10-2 run for the Hoosiers to cut the lead to five, 48-43.
The teams traded baskets as the score stood at 57-51 in favor of the Vikings at the 3:44 mark. After a timeout, senior Aulani Sinclair nailed a 3-pointer, her lone field goal of the day, to cut the Cleveland State lead to three, 57-54, with only 3:32 remaining.
CSU answered with a 3-point field of its own. On IU's next possession, McGhee drove to the bucket and hit a layup in the paint while being fouled and hit the free one to make it a one possession game again, 60-57, with 2:23 to play.
That would be as close as Indiana would come as another Cleveland State 3-pointer nailed down the win for the visiting team.
"They were a tough matchup for us," head coach Curt Miller said. "They play a five out system that gives us a lot of trouble on how we're going to guard it. Coming into the game, Shalonda Winton was No. 5 in the country in scoring and it was a tough matchup on how to choose to guard her. She stepped up and made big shots, none bigger than the late 3-pointer in the game. You have to give them a lot of credit."
The Hoosiers struggled from the field as they shot 39.3 percent for the day. IU was able to use its size against the smaller Cleveland State squad and score inside to the tune of 38 points in the paint. A chunk of those points were attributed to the 17 offensive rebounds the Hoosiers pulled in to a total of 17 second-chance points.
Along with McGhee, Rubene and Taufa both tallied double-digit points. Rubene had 13 points to go with four rebounds and Taufa chipped in 12 points with eight boards.
"To our kid's credit, I didn't think we quit," Miller said. "We could have hung our heads at halftime and we came out and battled. I thought we dug in and guarded the arc better in the second half until very late when they got two 3's late in that last five minutes."
The Hoosiers will play again on Tuesday, Dec. 4, as they welcome Belmont to Assembly Hall. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET.
Indiana won the rebounding battle by its biggest margin of the season, 43-27 (+16).
The Hoosiers finished with a season-high 17 offensive rebounds. IU has had 10 or more offensive boards in every game this season.
With the success on the offensive rebounds, IU outscored Cleveland State in second chance points, 17-7.
The Hoosiers outscored the Vikings in the paint, 38-32.
Jasmine McGhee accomplished her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The senior has had four career double-doubles.
Linda Rubene scored a career-high 13 points, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and had four rebounds. Rubene has scored in double figures twice this season and three times in her career.
Milika Taufa finished with 12 points and added eight rebounds. The junior shot 6-for-10 from the floor and set a career mark with three assists. Taufa has scored in double-figures twice this year and three times in her career. She has had seven or more rebounds in six games this season.