Hoosiers Top Virginia Tech in Big Ten/ACC Challenge, 71-65
Dec. 4, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team improved to 8-0 following a 71-65 win over Virginia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Wednesday night in Assembly Hall. The perfect start through eight games is the program's best since the 1994-95 season.
Larryn Brooks led the Hoosiers (8-0) with 37 points, setting an IU freshman record for scoring. Denise Jackson, IU's all-time career leading scorer, previously held the scoring record with 32 points in Feb. 1981.
Virginia Tech (6-2) went on a 10-0 run seven minutes into the first half, but IU answered with a three-pointer from Lyndsay Leikem and a basket and free throw from senior Simone Deloach. Indiana finished the half on a 14-0 run of its own, with Brooks contributing 10 of those points. IU took a 35-25 lead going into halftime.
VT chipped away at the Indiana lead with a 16-2 run in the second half. Uju Ugoka scored 13 points during the Hokie scoring stretch and helped her team cut IU's lead to three, 63-60, with just over two minutes left in the game. However, Brooks hit six free throws in the final 36 seconds to seal the win for the Hoosiers.
Alexis Gassion finished with a career-high tying 10 points, eight of which came in the second half. Deloach contributed seven points (3-of-6 shooting) and six rebounds off the bench for the Hoosiers.
Indiana shot 34.4 percent (22-of-64) in the game and 25.9 percent from beyond the arc. For the fourth time this season, the Hoosiers committed ten turnovers or less with just six in the game.
IU leaves Assembly Hall to hit the road on Dec. 8 as they take on Morehead State at 2 p.m. ET.
Wednesday night marked the first meeting of the Indiana and Virginia Tech programs. The Hoosiers have won three of their last four Big Ten/ACC Challenge match-ups, and improve to 4-3 since the event began.
Indiana head coach Curt Miller has led IU to two consecutive wins in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the first time ever since the annual challenge began, including last year's win over Clemson in Bloomington.
The Hoosier defense held Virginia Tech scoreless for a span of 6:32 for the final 4:21 of the first half and then 2:11 into the second half. During that time, IU went on a 17-0 run.
IU ended the first half outscoring Virginia Tech 24-6 in the final 8:43. Indiana trailed 19-11 before the run and took a 35-25 lead into the half. During that stretch, IU shot 8-of-14 from the field, 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 from the free throw line while holding the Hokies to 3-of-13 from the field and 0-of-3 from 3-point range.
Indiana committed only six turnovers against Virginia Tech. This marks the fourth time this season the Hoosiers have given up 10 or less turnovers.
IU shot 20-25 (80.0 percent) from the free-throw line, earning its best free throw percentage of the season.
Freshman Larryn Brooks set an Indiana freshman scoring record as she tallied a season-high 37 points. The previous record of 32 was held by Denise Jackson (Indiana's all-time career scoring leader), against Michigan State on Feb. 13, 1981.
The 37 points by Brooks ties for the fifth best scoring game in IU history and best since Cindy Kerns scored 37 against Michigan in 1999. Brooks also shot a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Freshman Alexis Gassion tied her season-high with 10 points, her third double-figure scoring game this season. She also added six points and two assists.
Senior Simone Deloach contributed with seven points, six rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot.
Sixth-year senior Sasha Chaplin scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds. Chaplin also set a career-high with three blocked shots.
Senior Tabitha Gerardot scored three points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists.
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