Indiana Drops a Heartbreaker to Northern Illinois, 60-59
Dec. 17, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In a game that saw 10 ties and 13 lead changes, it was a Northern Illinois 3-point field goal with nine seconds remaining that was the difference as the Huskies topped the Hoosiers in Bloomington on Saturday night, 60-59. Three Indiana players scored in double-figures led by Jasmine McGhee's 20 points. Aulani Sinclair and Dansila Andujar both scored 10 points each, as Andujar had her third double-double in four games tying her career-high with 13 rebounds.
The Hoosiers came out of the gates on fire with Aulani Sinclair hitting a layup 15 seconds into the game to start things out. Andujar hit a layup on IU's next possession before Sinclair nailed a 3-pointer from the wing at the 18:07 mark to give IU a 7-0 lead. After a Northern Illinois turnover, Sasha Chaplin hit a bucket in the paint to cap an IU 9-0 run in the game's first 2:27.
Northern Illinois then began chipping into the Hoosier lead scoring six-consecutive points before Andujar hit a baseline jumper to silence that run. McGhee scored Indiana's next field goal to build the lead back to seven, 13-6, with 12:18 on the clock.
Later in the half, after an Alisha Goodwin lay in to give IU a 20-12 advantage, the Huskies scored 11-straight points to take its biggest lead of the half, 23-20, with 3:07 left in the opening frame. Indiana closed the half strong with field goals from Chaplin, Sinclair then McGhee to hold the advantage heading into the locker room, 26-25.
The second half would be a seesaw battle all the way to the final horn. In the second stanza alone, there were nine ties and nine lead changes. One of those changes occurred at the 12:27 mark as Jasmine McGhee was fouled while hitting a jumper, and the converted a free throw to give IU a 38-37 advantage. The Huskies jumped right back in front with a field goal just eight seconds later before McGhee rose again to nail a jump shot with 11:57 to go and an Indiana lead of 40-39.
Northern Illinois hit a 3-point field goal and would eventually build to its biggest lead of the game, 47-42, with 10:32 remaining. Indiana did not quit as Quaneisha McCurty nailed a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two points. McGhee would tie it on the next Hoosier possession with a layup before Sinclair hit from long distance for IU's eighth-consecutive point and the Hoosiers had a three-point edge, 50-47, with 9:11 to go.
After an NIU field goal, McCurty capped an 11-2 Hoosier run with another rainmaker from beyond the arc as IU held its biggest lead of the second half, 53-49, with 8:29 on the clock.
The Huskies responded with back-to-back field goals to knot the score at 53-53. McGhee pushed Indiana ahead once again with a jump shot at the 4:57 mark. Andujar would then hit 1-of-2 free throws before an NIU layup from Satavia Taylor with 2:29 to go with the Hoosier lead at just one, 56-55.
Netecia Augusta of Northern Illinois then tied the game with a free throw. Indiana's Andujar hit another one from the charity stripe before Taylor hit a free throw for the Huskies to make the scoreboard read 57-57 with under a minute to play.
McGhee was fouled with 44 ticks on the clock and stepped to the line and nailed a pair of free throws to push Indiana ahead, 59-57. NIU's Taylor was called for traveling with 32 seconds remaining and it forced the Huskies to foul IU's Alisha Goodwin. Goodwin missed on the front end of a 1-and-1, but McGhee was able to get the rebound after a scramble for the ball.
After an Indiana timeout, Courtney Shelton of Northern Illinois stole the ball away from Sinclair as the clock read 18 seconds. On the inbound after a Huskie timeout, Shelton found some open space beyond the arc on the left wing and connected on a 3-point field goal with nine seconds left to give NIU a one-point advantage, 60-59.
IU had no timeouts remaining and pushed the ball up the floor. Goodwin's jumper with two seconds remaining was off the mark and NIU tipped the basketball out of bounds as the clock read 0.2 seconds. The Hoosier inbound pass was tipped, and the Huskies left Assembly Hall with the road victory.
McGhee shot 8-of-19 from the field and brought down seven rebounds to go along with her game-high 20 points. The Hoosier held Northern Illinois to just 25.0 percent shooting in the first half, but the Huskies won the battle of the glass for the game, 43-39 NIU also cashed in on Indiana miscues to score 18 points off of Hoosier turnovers.
Indiana will travel to Cancun, Mexico to participate in the Caribbean Classic at the Moon Palace Resort on Dec. 20-21. The Hoosiers will open with Pittsburgh on Tuesday and then battle Colorado State on Wednesday. Both contests begin at 1 p.m. ET.
Danilsa Andujar tallied her third double-double in the last four games with 10 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds. Andujar was 4-of-7 from the field and added two blocks and a steal. The senior has now had four career double-doubles.
Aulani Sinclair scored 10 points on the night and hit on 2-of-4 attempts from the beyond the arc. Sinclair has scored in double-figures seven times this season, all in the last eight games. She is the team leader with 21 career games of 10 or more points scored.
Quaneisha McCurty scored six points, hitting 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, marking her first career 3-point field goals as a collegiate player.
Andrea Newbauer tied her career-high with four rebounds in the game.
The Hoosiers topped NIU in second chance points, 11-9.
Indiana held Northern Illinois to just 25.0 percent shooting in the first half. It is the fifth time this season that IU has held an opponent to under 30 percent shooting for a half.
There were 10 ties and 13 lead changes throughout the game, including nine ties and nine lead changes in the second half alone.
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