Indiana Downed by St. Bonaventure on the Road
Dec. 7, 2011
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The Hoosiers could not overcome an early deficit as St. Bonventure topped Indiana on the road, 65-45. Danilsa Andujar had her second-consecutive double-double setting new career-highs with 12 points and the 13 rebounds. Aulani Sinclair led IU in scoring for the game with 13 points in the contest.
Indiana fell behind early as St. Bonaventure held the Hoosiers scoreless for nearly five minutes. Andujar started the IU scoring with a free throw followed by a Sasha Chaplin field goal.
Later in the half with the Hoosiers still trailing, Indiana began chipping away at the St. Bonaventure lead. Candyce Ussery nailed a 3-point field goal as the shot clock expired and Sinclair followed on the next Hoosier possession with a long range bomb to cut the deficit to 12, 23-11, with 3:54 remaining.
Sinclair then hit on a layup before the Bonnies connected on a free throw. Jasmine McGhee nailed back-to-back mid-range jumpers to cap off an Indiana 12-1 run with St. Bonaventure leading, 24-17, with just 44 seconds remaining until the half. IU held SBU without a field goal for nearly a five-minute stretch during the run. The Bonnies connected on a field goal to take a 26-17 lead into the break.
In the second half, St. Bonaventure opened things with a field goal to increase its lead to double-figures. The Hoosiers pulled within 10 on three separate occasions, but could not overcome the Bonnie attack to put together a run to get back into the ballgame as St. Bonaventure pulled away for the home victory.
Sinclair scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game. Andujar achieved the third double-double of her career while shooting 5-of-7 from the field. Ussery had five steals on the night, a new career-high. The Hoosiers had 10 steals for the game but shot just 25.9 percent from the field as St. Bonaventure won the rebounding battle, 42-36.
"We just didn't come ready to play tonight," head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "St. Bonaventure is a good squad and they hit shots whenever we showed any sign of cutting into the lead. It was good to see Danilsa Andujar with another double-double performance, but we just need a few others to help her along as we move forward. We'll get back in the gym when we get back to prepare for an in-state battle with IUPUI on Sunday."
Indiana will travel to Indianapolis on Sunday, Dec. 11, to battle IUPUI. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET.
Aulani Sinclair has now scored in double-figures in six-straight games. The junior captain finished with 13 points with three rebounds and a steal.
Candyce Ussery had a career-high five steals on the night to lead the team in that category. Ussery also had six points, three assists and a blocked shot.
Indiana collected 10 steals in the game, making it four-consecutive games with 10 or more steals as a team. Indiana has had double-digit steals in five of the last six contests.
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