Davis' 31 Points Not Enough in Indiana's Loss to Miami (OH)
Dec. 9, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite a 31-point performance from senior All-America candidate Jori Davis, the Hoosiers (5-4) fell to Miami (5-3) at Assembly Hall, 67-61, on Thursday night. The game saw 17 lead changes and five ties and neither team led by more than six points throughout the game. Davis nearly missed a double-double performance with her nine rebounds while scoring her second-highest point total of her career.
Mid-way through the first half, trailing 8-7, Indiana used a 6-0 run to climb out of the early deficit. It began with an Alisha Goodwin pass to a cutting Aulani Sinclair for a layup, followed by a Andrea Newbauer drive to the paint for a bucket and capped by a Davis jumper to make the count 13-8 with 10:06 remaining. That would be IU's biggest lead of the half.
Miami (OH) would return the favor putting together a 15-4 run over the next 7:20 to take its biggest lead of the half, 23-17, with 2:46 remaining in the half. The opening stanza ended on a high note for the Hoosiers as senior Whitney Lindsay went coast-to-coast for a layup at the horn to cut the lead to 25-21 going into halftime. Indiana shot just 31 percent in the first half.
The game remained tight despite Indiana's continued struggles on the offensive end. The Hoosiers trailed Miami until a 6-0 run gave IU its first lead of the half at 36-35 with 13:06 remaining. The lead would change hands nine more times through the remaining 13-plus minutes.
IU stared at a 61-57 deficit with 2:08 remaining. Lindsay drew a foul to cut the lead to two on a pair of free throws with 2:00 on the clock. After a Danilsa Andujar block and Miami miss on the front end of a 1-and-1 by Kirsten Olowinski, Davis responded connecting on another pair from the charity stripe to knot the score at 61-61 with 1:16 remaining.
The RedHawks did their part by drawing a Hope Elam foul with 53 seconds left and connecting on free throws to take the lead for good. The Hoosiers couldn't respond on the offensive end and Miami connected on six-consecutive free throws in the final seconds to earn the 67-61 win.
Davis shot 8-of-16 from the field and connected on 15-of-20 free throws. She netted 25 of her 31 points in the second half and added four assists and three steals. The Hoosiers forced 26 Miami turnovers but were outrebounded 46-35.
IU will play its next three games on the road with the first stop coming on Sunday against Toledo at 2 p.m.
- With her 31 points, Davis jumped two spots and now sits 15th on Indiana's all-time career scoring list. The senior has now amassed 1,193 in her career passing Linda Cunningham (1,169 points) and Zan Jefferies (1,173 points) during tonight's game. She is now 47 points shy of Whitney Thomas' mark of 1,240 for 14th place on the all-time list.
- Davis has led the team in scoring seven of nine games this year and has tallied double-figure points in 14-consecutive games dating back to last year.
- Junior Danilsa Andujar had a career-high four steals tonight. The total surpasses her previous mark of three, which she had against Minnesota on Feb. 21, 2010.
- Indiana forced 26 Miami turnovers and robbed 13 steals. The Hoosiers have forced 20 or more opponent turnovers seven of nine games this year and have collected 10 or more steals in all but one game this season.
- With Davis connecting on 15-of-20 free throws, it marks her second-highest total of free throw makes in one game this season. She connected on 17 from the charity stripe against Cleveland State on Nov. 28 to set a school record. Her total makes tonight is the third highest-total for a single game in IU history. Her 20 attempts tie a Hoosier single-game record as Zan Jefferies shot 20 free throws against Purdue in 1990.
- With forcing 26 turnovers, Indiana outscored Miami 19-11 in points off turnovers.
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