Hoosiers Knock Off No. 22/21 Michigan State, 68-63
Dec. 6, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Jori Davis scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half to help lead the Indiana women's basketball team to a 68-63 come-from-behind win at No. 22/21 Michigan State on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Davis sank 6-of-17 from the field and 6-of-11 from the free throw line and added 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Junior Whitney Lindsay scored 13 points off the bench and tallied four rebounds and three assists, while freshman Aulani Sinclair added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and recorded three rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and one assist in her first career start.
"In order for the Big Ten to continue to get better, we all have to take a step up and I think Michigan State has been really carrying our conference along with Ohio State and what Michigan State did just a couple days ago vs. North Carolina is unbelievable and says something about our conference," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "For our young ladies to come here and compete and play with a team like Michigan State says a little about who our Hoosiers are becoming. We're not there yet, but we're fighters and we're really excited about the steps that we're taking. Today was a breakthrough game for us and our hope is that we can continue on."
With the Spartans (5-3, 0-1) leading, 5-4, with 17:07 in the first half, Michigan State went on a 13-2 run to take an 18-6 lead with 10:56 to go in the half. A layup from junior Andrea McGuirt ignited a 18-12 Hoosier run that brought Indiana (5-3, 1-0) within six, 30-24, with 3:15 to go. However, the Spartans outscored Indina, 9-5, in the 2:49 of the half to take a 39-29 lead into the break.
The Hoosiers opened the second half outscoring the Spartans, 17-11, in the first nine minutes to cut Michigan State's lead to four, 50-46. However, the Spartans tallied two unanswered baskets to regain an eight-point edge, 54-46, with 8:07 to go. An 11-0 Indiana run gave the Hoosiers a 57-55 lead, its first since the 18:16 mark in the first half, with 4:32 remaining in the game. The Spartans answered on a layup from Kalisha Keane at the 4:19 mark to knot the score 57-57 and took a one-point lead as Lauren Aitch sank one of two free throws with 4:17 to go. However, a pair of free throws from Lindsay and a 3-pointer from Sinclair at the 3:19 mark gave the Hoosiers enough momentum for the 68-63 win.
Michigan State edged Indiana in the battle on the boards, 51-49. However, the Hoosiers outscored the Spartans, 26-22, in the paint and 21-19 on second chance points.
Indiana shot 31.7 percent (19-of-60) from the field and 70.3 percent (26-of-37) from the free throw line. IU held Michigan State to 29.0 percent (20-of-69) shooting from the field on the game and 21.2 percent (7-of-33) from the floor in the second half.
The Hoosiers return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 9, when they host UT Martin at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall.
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