Chaplin's Clutch Free Throws Lifts IU to a Win Over IUPUI, 65-64
Dec. 11, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Sasha Chaplin's clutch free throws and Jasmine McGhee's career-high 27 points lifted Indiana over IUPUI on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, 65-64. McGhee also had a career-best 15 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
The two teams battled back and forth in the early going. Jasmine McGhee made her presence known right away as she strung together a stretch where she score 10-consecutive points for the Hoosiers capped by a layup to give IU a 14-13 advantage with 11:37 on the clock.
Later in the half with the scored knotted at 20-20, Aulani Sinclair hit a tough shot while being fouled and finished the old fashioned three-point play with a free throw. Quaneisha McCurty followed with a three-point play of her own after hitting a field goal and then connecting on a free throw after the foul. McGhee capped off the IU 7-0 spurt with a make from the charity stripe at the 5:18 mark with the Hoosiers leading, 27-20.
The final bucket of the half was made by Sinclair with a contested jumper from the left wing with 40 seconds remaining as Indiana took a 36-27 advantage into the locker room.
McGhee opened the second half with a bucket and free throw to extend IU's lead to 12, 39-27. That would be Indiana's largest lead for the rest of the contest. IUPUI would outscore Indiana 25-12 over the next 10:59 to take the lead by one, 52-51, with 7:26 remaining.
The teams then traded the lead back-and-forth over the next several possessions. McGhee hit a jumper to gain a 53-52 advantage for the Hoosiers before IUPUI's Janna Eichelberger made a layup to swing the lead back to the Jaguars. Indiana's Candyce Ussery followed with a pair of free throws to make the score 55-54 in IU's favor with 5:37 remaining.
The Jags then jumped ahead on a Karah Nelson layup, but as she had done all game, McGhee hit a go-ahead jumper for Indiana with 4:39 left to play. The lead was short-lived yet again as IUPUI nailed a field goal to give the home team the lead back, 58-57.
Another Jaguar layup increased their lead to three, 60-57, with 3:54 on the clock. McGhee cut that deficit to one, 60-59, by hitting a pair of free throws. IUPUI went back on top by three, 62-59, after two free throws from Karah Nelson at the 1:59 mark.
On the following Hoosier possession, Danilsa Andujar nailed a jumper from 17 feet out to pull IU within one yet again, 62-61. Then after an Indiana defensive stop, Sasha Chaplin hit two from the charity stripe to give IU the lead, 63-62, with 28 seconds left in regulation.
IUPUI executed its offense after a timeout as Nelson hit a layup with 19 seconds to go and a one-point lead, 64-63. The Hoosiers had the ball with just seconds remaining. Andrea Newbauer drove the lane and was fouled on the way the rim. Newbauer missed both free throws, but on the second miss, Chaplin grabbed the offensive board and was fouled on her put back attempt.
With the clock reading just four seconds and IU trailing by one, Chaplin nailed both free throws with the game on the line to give Indiana the lead. The Hoosiers defended a Nelson jumper at the horn to preserve the victory.
McGhee shot 9-of-15 from the field and went 8-of-11 from the free throw line. Sinclair added nine points as Chaplin and McCurty each chipped in eight points apiece. The Hoosiers outrebounded the Jaguars, 43-41, and outscored IUPUI in second chance opportunities, 18-9.
Indiana will have the week off due to finals and will return to the court at home against Northern Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 17. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET from Assembly Hall.
Candyce Ussery finished with a career-high eight rebounds in the game, eclipsing her previous high of three she had vs. Oklahoma State. Ussery also had four points, two steals and two assists.
Sasha Chaplin hit 4-of-4 free throws to score IU's final four points of the game, including hitting the two free throws that won the game with four seconds remaining. Chaplin finished with eight points and five boards.
With Jasmine McGhee's double-double, Indiana has tallied 10 double-doubles in nine games this season, with at least one Hoosier accomplishing the feat in every contest.
Indiana shot 40.7 percent for the game, marking the third time this season that IU has shot over 40 percent in a game. It is the first time IU has shot over 40 percent since shooting 45.0 percent at Miami (OH) on Nov. 22.
Indiana outscored IUPUI in second-chance points, 18-9.
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