Indiana Pounces on Bearcats in 66-59 Triumph
Dec. 20, 2007
CINCINNATI, Ohio -
The Indiana University women's basketball team traveled to Ohio and downed the Cincinnati Bearcats, 66-59, Thursday night for their second straight win and the 25th win for the Hoosiers under Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack. Junior Whitney Thomas led the way with a career-high 19 rebounds in addition to her 13 points scored.
It marked her third double-double of the season and 13th of her career. The Bloomington, Indiana native hauled in nine offensive boards and cleaned the defensive glass with 10 more rebounds. Her 19-rebound performance is the 10th best outing in school history. Senior Nikki Smith dropped in a team-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from long range to go along with two foul shots.
The Hoosiers took an early 5-0 lead within the first minute and a half of the game on a Haylie Linn 3-pointer at 19:06 and a layup by Thomas at the 18:29 mark. However, the Bearcats answered in a big way moments later, scoring 20 unanswered points for a 20-8 advantage with 10:06 remaining in the half. The Hoosiers then responded by outscoring Cincinnati, 19-4 in the final eight minutes of the half to take a 27-24 lead into the break.
Indiana kept it coming in the second half, seizing the first five points off a Kim Roberson lay-up and Smith 3-point bucket for a 32-24 lead. The Cream and Crimson later took a 12-point advantage at 43-31 with 14:17 left before Cincinnati was able to put together yet another surge. This time, the Bearcats responded to the large deficit by scoring 11 of the next 12 points to cut the deficit down to a lone point at 43-42 at the 10:36 mark of the second stanza.
Aided by two Smith three-balls within a minute, the Hoosiers lengthened their lead from there and never looked back in the victory. Indiana was able to force 21 UC turnovers with stout defense and 12 steals. One key to the victory was the Hoosiers' ability to capitalize on the miscues, tallying 29 points off turnovers. Team ball movement was another key to the game as 18 of IU's 26 field goals were the result of an assist.
Four different Hoosiers scored double figures as Amber Jackson added 10 points and Roberson knocked in 13.
Indiana gets little rest with their next game this Saturday at home versus West Virginia. The non-conference contest with the nationally-ranked Mountaineers will follow the men's basketball game which begins at Noon.
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