Three Hoosiers Net Double-Digits, Indiana Falls to No. 9/12 Florida State, 82-74
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Hoosiers (4-3) scored in double-digits, including a double-double from sophomore Sasha Chaplin, but it wasn't enough as the Indiana women's basketball team fell to No. 9/12 Florida State, 82-74, in the third annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Assembly Hall.
"What a great game to be a part of," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "Our young ladies really proved that they belonged on the floor with a top-10 team in the country. I think it was a fun game to watch. Our Indiana community has witnessed great basketball and what women's basketball is all about. I think the people that were here are going to want to come back to see these young ladies perform, because we are not going to roll over, we are not going to assume we don't belong somewhere significant. We still keep pressing our way and continuing to fight and learn the lessons. We certainly don't feel like losers. I feel like we are a 36 minute team right now and we really have to make ourselves a 40-minute team. Once we get to that 40 minutes we are going to be a really exciting team to see."
After 10 lead changes, the Seminoles (7-0) used an 11-0 run to take their largest lead, 62-54, with 8:20 to play in the game. However, the Hoosiers fought back as a free throw from freshman Aulani Sinclair sparked a 15-6 IU run that gave Indiana a 69-68 lead with 3:25 remaining. Florida State answered with a layup from Cierra Bravard as the Seminoles outscored the Hoosiers 13-5 in the final three minutes for the 82-74 win.
The Hoosiers and Seminoles traded the lead seven times in the first half with Indiana holding a four point lead at the 16:09 mark and Florida State leading by as many as five at the 11:48 mark, with the Seminoles holding a 39-36 lead at halftime.
"We don't have any quit in us," Legette-Jack added. "Jori Davis won't let that happen. Jori Davis is a great captain and a great leader and she is going to try to will us to somewhere exciting. Sasha Chaplin really played within herself today. She missed some shots, but she never dropped her head, kept playing through it."
Davis sank 8-of-16 from the field, including 5-of-6 from the 3-point line and 2-of-2 from stripe for her 23 points. She also added four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Elam shot 5-of-9 from the field, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line for 15 points. She also tallied four rebounds and two assists. Chaplin sank 4-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe for her 13 points. It was her second double-double of the season.
Florida State posted four players in double-digits and shot 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the field and 80.0 percent (24-of-30), and outrebounded the Hoosiers, 39-29. Indiana shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) from the field, 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from the 3-point line and 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the charity stripe.
"They are top-10, but they are another team," said Davis. "We know Indiana can play with the best. We have done it since I've been here. We have come close, now it's just to keep that focus in the second half and finish the games. Our confidence is high no matter what. We believe in ourselves no matter what. Just because we stuck in there with a top-10 doesn't mean the confidence goes to a whole different level. We are very confident from the start."
The Hoosiers return to action on Sunday, Dec. 6, when they open Big Ten play at No. 21/22 Michigan State at Noon ET on the Big Ten Network.
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