Hoosiers Top UT Martin, 80-46
Dec. 9, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four Hoosiers scored in double-digits as the Indiana women's basketball team dominated UT Martin, 80-46, in Assembly Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Junior Jori Davis led all players with 19 points, while junior Whitney Lindsay led the Hoosier (6-3) bench with 14 points. IU's bench was key in the win, outscoring the Skyhawks (1-6) 33-9. Freshman Aulani Sinclair scored 12 points and sophomore Sasha Chaplin netted 10 points and added five rebounds. Junior Hope Elam grabbed a team-high seven boards and added seven points.
"It was my time to score," said Lindsay. "Mainly I'm just feeding off the energy of my teammates, trying to get them the ball first, and when I see myself with an open opportunity I'm taking it. I know so far the last couple of games I just did a good job of hitting my open shot when it was needed and when it was my time. It basically just comes from my teammates stepping up and I'm getting open looks when they are doubling down in the post or when Jori is not available for the shot. I'm just making sure I hit that open shot when it comes my way."
After a slow first few minutes of the opening half, the Hoosiers outscored the Skyhawks, 26-12, in the final 13:34 to take a 43-24 lead into the break.
UT Martin came out with the hot hand in the second half outscoring 6-2 in the first four-plus minutes to cut IU's lead to 14, 45-31, with 15:42 on the clock. However, the Hoosiers answered with a 3-pointer from Davis that ignited a 28-9 run giving Indiana its largest lead, 73-40, with 4:13 remaining in the game. IU maintained at least a 29-point advantage in the closing minutes for the 80-46 win.
Davis shot 7-of-12 from the field, 3-of-5 from the 3-point line and added three rebounds, two steals and one assist in 27 minutes. Lindsay sank 6-of-7 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and tallied a game-high five steals to go along with three assists. Sinclair sank 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and Chaplin made 5-of-8 from the floor. Freshman Sasha Bernard recorded a career-high seven assists and tallied six points and four rebounds.
"It was a good game out there tonight," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "I thought we showed some signs of immaturity when we took a lead, we started kind of backing away, taking the pressure off. A sign of a mature team is a team that is going to keep the pressure on the people ... Different people are stepping up and we are excited about that. I think that the best is yet to come. Today was a day that I thought we showed signs that when you beat a good team like Michigan State, we are not really to bounce back totally yet. Last year, however, when we beat teams like that we didn't bounce back at all, so it's a better step then last year, but it is not something we are satisfied with yet, that's for sure."
The Hoosiers shot 49.2 percent (32-of-65) from the field and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the 3-point line. UT Martin shot 34.0 percent (17-of-50) from the field and 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from beyond the arc. IU also won the battle on the boards, 42-35. Indiana also outscored the Skyhawks in the paint, 36-12, and shut them in the paint, 14-0.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 13, when its travels to Saint Louis for a 3 p.m. ET tip time.
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