Indiana's Second Half Surge Falls Short at Butler
Dec. 9, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Indiana rallied in the second half at Butler, but fell short to the Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday, 59-56. Jasmine McGhee scored 18 points to lead Indiana as Linda Rubene added 13 points.
The Bulldogs jumped ahead in the early going. McGhee started the scoring for Indiana by hitting IU's first two field goals to make it a 7-4 BU lead. Butler then strung together an 11-0 run before Nicole Bell stopped the bleeding with a layup for Indiana as the score read 18-6 with 12:10 on the clock.
Butler continued to build its lead to as much as 21 points before IU strung some offense together. Rubene connected on back-to-back layups before Milika Taufa entered the scoring column with a field goal.
Rubene then rebounded her own miss and nailed a layup while being fouled. She converted the old fashioned three-point play with a free throw to cap a 9-0 Hoosier run to make it a 37-25 Butler lead with 2:54 remaining in the half.
Taylor Schippers of Butler scored the final points of the half with a three-point play to put the Bulldogs ahead 40-25 at halftime.
Indiana would come to play in the second half. Butler scored the first field goal of the half, but IU then put together a 15-3 run which was finished with a McGhee jumper to cut the Bulldog lead to just five points, 45-40, with 10:07 to play.
Butler responded with five-straight points to make it a double-digit margin once again. The Hoosiers did not quit as Simone Deloach converted a three-point play to cut the lead back down to seven. Andrea Mize followed with a free throw to make the score 50-44.
After a pair of Bulldog free throws, McGhee connected on a jumper at the 4:42 mark to cut the deficit to six again. That was short lived as Butler's Blaire Langlois nailed a 3-point bomb to put BU ahead 55-49 with just over four minutes remaining.
McGhee stepped up once more hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key before Sasha Chaplin hit a bucket in the paint on IU's next possession. Aulani Sinclair capped the 7-0 IU run with a turnaround jumper as Butler led by just two, 55-53, with 2:25 to play.
Indiana allowed Butler an offensive board which led to two BU free throws and the Hoosiers then came up empty on their next possession which led to two more points from the charity stripe for the Bulldogs.
Trailing 59-53, McGhee buried another 3-point field goal to put IU within a possession, 59-56, with just over 20 seconds remaining.
Indiana was then forced to foul Butler's Mandy McDivitt. McDivitt missed both free throws and McGhee corralled the rebound for Indiana. IU worked for a quick shot and Rubene missed her field goal attempt and the ball fell out of bounds last touched by Butler.
IU threw the ball in from under its own basket to Sinclair, but her attempt from beyond the arc fell short in an attempt to force overtime.
The Hoosiers shot 48.0 percent (12-for-35) in the second half and held Butler to just five field goals in the final 20 minutes. Indiana also had nine steals as a team.
Rubene's 13 points ties her career high as she shot 6-for-11 from the field with six rebounds. McGhee went 7-for-13 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. She also had five boards, two steals and two blocks.
IU will have a week off for finals before hosting SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday, Dec. 16. That game will tip at 2 p.m. ET from Assembly Hall.
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