Hoosiers Win Sixth Straight, Knock Off West Virginia, 77-73
Dec. 13, 2008
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Senior Amber Jackson scored 25 points as the Indiana women's basketball team (7-2) won its sixth straight with a 77-73 win at West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 13. The Hoosiers snapped the Mountaineers (7-2) five game win streak.
Jackson recorded her seventh double-double as a Hoosier when she tied her career high with 25 points. She sank 10-of-16 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Jackson also grabbed 12 rebounds and added a steal. Senior Kim Roberson scored 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the 3-point line. Junior Jamie Braun netted 12 points and added six boards, five assists and two steals.
The Mountaineers opened the game outscoring the Hoosiers, 7-3, in the first five minutes of the half. With 14:34 on the clock, Thomas put in a layup to cut WVU's lead to two, 7-5, but a jumper by Sarah Miles increased the home team's advantage back to four. Back-to-back 3's by Davis and Roberson gave IU its first lead of the game since the 18:11 mark, but a layup and a pair of free throws from West Virginia kept the Mountaineers on top, 13-11, with 12:07 remaining in the half. WVU held the lead until the 9:53 mark, but a 16-5 run by the Hoosiers gave IU its largest lead of the game, 31-23, with 2:55 on the clock. A layup by Ashley Powell sparked an 8-3 WVU run that closed out the first half with Indiana leading 34-30.
Jackson sank 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting and added four rebounds in the first half. The Hoosiers were also 6-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first stanza and scored 11 points off of nine West Virginia miscues.
WVU struck first in the second half on a jumper by Liz Repella at the 19:43 mark to cut the Hoosiers' lead to two, 34-32, but a jumper by Braun maintained a four-point edge for IU. A jumper by Takisha Granberry at the 18:49 mark, ignited an 11-2 run that gave the Mountaineers the lead, 43-38, with 15:22 remaining in the game. A pair of free throws from Jackson brought the Hoosiers within three, 43-40, at the 15:04 mark, but a set of free throws by Repella maintained the WVU lead at five, 45-40. Indiana kept fighting back using a 16-11 run to take a 56-55 lead with 9:19 to go. A free throw by Granberry knotted the game 56-56. A three-point play by Davis at the 8:45 mark gave IU a three-point lead, 59-56. A jumper by Granberry cut the Hoosiers' lead to one, 59-58, with 8:24 remaining in the game. With 7:56 on the clock, Braun put in a layup off of a steal at midcourt to increase IU's lead to four, 61-58, but a layup and a free throw from Miles tied the game back up at 61-61, with 7:37 left in the game. The Hoosiers broke the tie on a layup by Braun to take a 63-61 lead at the 7:19 mark and were able to hold on to outscore West Virginia 16-12 for the 77-73 win.
The Hoosiers won the battle of the boards, 44-35, and held West Virginia to 15.4 percent (2-of-13) from beyond the arc. Three Mountaineers netted double-digits as Granberry led WVU with 22 points and added nine rebounds in the effort.
Indiana opens Big Ten action on Saturday, Dec. 20 when it hosts Northwestern at 5 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall.
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