Hoosiers Fall Along with the Snow at Toledo
Dec. 12, 2010
TOLEDO, Ohio - Indiana fell short on a snowy day to Toledo, 56-52, on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers (5-5) led the entire contest until the Rockets (6-4) gained their first lead at 50-49 with 3:16 remaining and iced the game in the final moments. Sophomore Aulani Sinclair led all scorers while tying a career-high with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting including five makes from beyond the arc. Whitney Lindsay added 11 points in the effort. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis struggled but still scored nine points along with nine rebounds.
Indiana came out with a flourish to get the afternoon started. The Hoosiers jumped to a 9-1 lead holding Toledo without a field goal for the first 6:35 of the game while forcing six Rocket turnovers during that stretch. UT climbed out of the hole for a brief time cutting the lead to 15-12 on a Naama Shafir 3-point field goal at the 7:27 mark.
That was as close as Toledo would come for the half, as the Hoosiers railed off a 16-6 run to end the half and take a 31-18 advantage into the locker room. Freshman Kristiana Stauere was the spark off the bench in the latter part of the half nailing a pair from beyond the arc to net the first six points of her Indiana career. Lindsay led all scorers with nine points and Davis added eight in the first stanza.
The second half was a different story for Indiana. The Hoosiers started the half by stretching the lead to 14 with 17:07 remaining after a Sinclair 3-point field goal to make it 34-20. That advantage was the biggest lead Indiana would enjoy as the Rockets began their climb to get back into the game. It started with a 14-4 burst over the next 7:07 by Toledo to cut the lead to 38-34.
IU responded with an Andrea McGuirt layup and another Sinclair 3-pointer to build a 43-34 lead. After four free throws from Toledo, Sinclair nailed another three at the 7:43 mark to make it a 46-38 advantage. The Rockets used a 10-2 run over the next 2:59 to tie the score for the first time 48-48 with 4:44 remaining capped by a layup and free throw by Shafir to earn the old fashioned three-point play.
A later Toledo possession would swing the momentum for the rest of the game. Danilsa Andujar was fouled on a rebound after a Rocket miss, but unintentionally slung a UT player to the ground in the process. After the officials reviewed the play by monitor, they deemed Andujar's sling of the Toledo player as a dead ball technical. Andujar was awarded her attempt at a 1-and-1 and connected on the first. Shafir then connected on 1-of-2 technical foul shots to make the score 49-49.
Indiana would never see the lead again as Melissa Goodall connected on a free throw and jumper to take a 52-49 lead for Toledo. Sinclair nailed another 3-pointer to knot the score at 52. The Rockets would connect on another pair of free-throws after the tie. With Toledo leading 54-52, Lindsay drove the right side of the lane with under 10 seconds remaining but her runner was too strong. UT's Goodall connected on two free throws with four second remaining to clinch the 56-52 win.
The Hoosiers will return to the hardwood next weekend at FIU on Saturday.
- Indiana forced 21 Toledo turnovers while collecting 12 steals. The Hoosiers have forced 20 or more turnovers in eight games this season, and have grabbed 10 or more steals in all but one contest. Indiana owned a 16-11 advantage in points of turnovers over the Rockets.
- Whitney Lindsay tallied 11 points to make it her fifth game in double-digits this season.
- Eight Indiana players collected at least one steal in the game led by Andrea McGuirt's three. It is the first time this season the Hoosiers have had eight players rob a steal in one game.
- Aulani Sinclair tied her career high with 17 points, tying her mark against Memphis on Nov. 18. Sinclair was 6-of-10 from the field and 5-for-8 from 3-point range.
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