Hoosiers Win Seventh Straight, Defeat Northwestern, 81-57
Dec. 20, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas scored 20 points to lead five Hoosiers in double-digit points as the Indiana (8-2, 1-0) women's basketball team picked up its seventh straight win with a 81-57 victory over Northwestern (3-8, 0-1) in its Big Ten opener.
Thomas sank 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line for her 20. She added eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and a blocked shot. She is now 16 points shy of scoring 1,000 career points at Indiana. Senior Amber Jackson scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. She added seven boards and an assist. Senior Kim Roberson scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and came away with four steals, four rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Jori Davis netted 12 points and junior Jamie Braun scored 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the 3-point line and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. She added four assists, four rebounds and two steals in the win.
The Wildcats opened the first half outscoring the Hoosiers, 9-6, in the first five minutes of the game. However, Indiana answered with an 18-7 run, sparked by a layup from Jackson, to take a 24-16 lead with 8:54 on the clock. Northwestern battled back as Ellen Jaescke put in a layup at the 7:09 mark and Jenny Eckhart nailed a 3 at the 5:59 mark to put the Wildcats back within six, 27-21, but the Hoosiers outscored Northwestern, 11-5, in the final five minutes of the first stanza to take a 38-26 lead into the break.
Roberson led the Hoosiers in the first half with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field, including two 3-pointers. She added four steals, two rebounds and an assist. Thomas and Davis netted eight points apiece, while Jackson added seven and Braun scored six. Indiana shot 50.0 percent (16-of-32) from the field and 40.0 percent (4-of-10) from beyond the arc, but were outrebounded by the Wildcats, 19-16.
Northwestern struck first in the second half as Maggie Mocchi sank a 3-pointer at the 19:19 mark. A jumper by Meshia Reed with 18:34 on the clock cut IU's lead back to seven, 38-31, but a pair of free throws by Davis started a 7-0 Indiana run that increased the Hoosiers' advantage to 45-31. Three straight jumpers by the Wildcats brought Northwestern within eight, 45-37, with 15:05 to go. However, Indiana answered with back-to-back layups from Andrea McGuirt and Jackson to maintain a 12-point edge, 49-37. Another run by the Wildcats brought Northwestern within six, 49-43, with 11:46 remaining in the game. But Indiana was able to build up a 24-point lead as it tightened up the defense en route to the 81-57 win.
The Hoosiers shot 46.9 percent (30-of-64) from the floor as a team and 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the free throw line. IU also won the battle of the boards, 41-35, and forced Northwestern into committing 21 turnovers. The Wildcats shot 39.0 percent (23-of-59) from the field and 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the free throw line.
Indiana returns to action following the holiday break on Monday, Dec. 29 with a battle at Michigan State. Tip-off against the Spartans in the Breslin Center is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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