Dayton Trips Up Hoosiers, 67-59
Dec. 5, 2007
DAYTON, Ohio - A second-half surge led Dayton to its seventh straight win, 67-59, over the Indiana basketball team on Wednesday night. The Hoosiers were led by a stellar effort from Whitney Thomas, who notched her first double-double of the season, and the 11th of her career, with 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Amber Jackson (15) and Jamie Braun (12) also finished in double figures for the Hoosiers, while Braun added nine rebounds in the game. Though Indiana shot just .308 from the field (20-for-65), the Hoosiers had one of the best nights in school history at the free-throw line, shooting 19-for-20 for the second-highest free-throw percentage (.950) in school history.
The Flyers placed four players in double figures, led by Nikki Oakland's 17 points and nine rebounds. UD shot 36.9 percent from the field in the game, but was 15-for-25 (.600) in the second half to pull away from the Hoosiers after going just 9-for-40 in the opening half.
The Hoosiers (4-4) and Flyers (7-2) battled point-for-point in the first 14 minutes of the game as the two teams knotted the score three times with IU having a one-point lead at the 5:56 mark, 14-13. A jumper by Andrea McGuirt sparked a 10-3 Indiana run which increased the Hoosiers' lead to 24-16, with 2:06 remaining in the half. However, Dayton outscored IU 5-0 on layup by Brittany Holterman and 3-pointer by Kiki Lund in the final two minutes to cut the Hoosiers' lead to 24-21 at break.
The two teams remained blow for blow until the 15:45 mark, when a Whitney Thomas free throw made the score 34-30 in favor of the Hoosiers. But UD continued regained its momentum and used a 12-0 run to produce an eight-point lead it would not relinquish. The Hoosiers twice trimmed the lead to six points, but a pair of 3-pointers by Kiki Lund in a two-minute span increased the home squad's lead to 12 with 9:03 to play.
Indiana returns to the hardwood on Sunday, Dec. 9, when it travels to Lawrence, Kan., for a matchup with the Jayhawks at 3 p.m. EST.
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