Hoosiers Topple Ball State, 67-56
Dec. 18, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four players scored in double figures as the Indiana women's basketball team came away with a 67-56 victory over Ball State on Monday, Dec. 18, in Assembly Hall.
Sophomore Whitney Thomas posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior Leah Enterline and freshman Jamie Braun each netted 15 points to lead the Hoosiers, while junior Nikki Smith tallied 11 points.
Down by nine, 13-4, with 13:51 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers (10-2) used a 15-5 run sparked by a pair of free throws by Thomas to take a one-point lead, 19-18, with 8:40 left in the half. A Lisa Rusche layup put the Cardinals (6-2) back up by one, 20-19, at the 8:15 mark. The two teams continued to trade the lead for the next four minutes before Thomas sank another pair of free throws, this time which started a 7-3 run that sent Indiana into the locker rooms with a 30-27 halftime advantage.
Ball State opened the second half on a 12-10 run to come within one, 40-39, on a 3-pointer from Porchia Green. A pair of free throws by Rusche gave the Cardinals a one-point advantage, 41-40, with 11:48 on the clock. With more than two minutes without a field goal from either team, Braun stepped to the line and hit a pair of free throws to put the Hoosiers up by one, 42-41, with 9:02 remaining, but a 3-pointer by Audrey McDonald and a jumper from Becca Bajorek put the Cardinals ahead for the third time in the half at 46-42. A Carrie Smith jumper started another Hoosier run as Indiana closed out the final 7:32 outscoring Ball State, 25-12, for the 67-56 win.
Despite cold shooting throughout the game for both teams, the Hoosiers outshot the Cardinals, 35.7 percent (20-of-56) to 32.1 percent (18-of-56), and held the advantage on the boards, 41-40.
Thomas sank 4-of-9 from the field and hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line for her 13 points. Seven of Thomas' 11 boards came on the defensive end, while adding three steals and an assist. Braun netted 10-of-12 from the free throw line and added a pair of field goals, including a 3-pointer, for her 15 points. Enterline hit 4-of-6 from the field, with a 3-pointer, and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Nikki Smith made 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line.
Ball State had three score in double figures. Rusche scored a team-high 15 points, while Green and Julie DeMuth each added 10 points.
The win over Ball State puts the Hoosiers at 5-0 against in-state rivals so far this season, while the 10-2 start is the best since the 2000-01 squad opened the season 7-0.
The Hoosiers will wrap up non-conference action when they host the Kansas Jayhawks on Thursday, Dec. 21, in Assembly Hall. Tipoff against the Jayhawks is set for 7:05 p.m. (EST).
Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
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Freshman guard Jamie Braun
Sophomore forward Whitney Thomas
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