Dec. 20, 2011
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CANCUN, Mexico - In a hard fought battle in the opening game of the Caribbean Classic, Indiana fell in overtime to Pittsburgh, 77-72. Jasmine McGhee led IU with 21 points as Aulani Sinclair finished with 16 and Simone Deloach added a career-high 12 to round out double-digit scorers for the Hoosiers. Deloach also achieved her first career double-double with a career-best 11 rebounds.
Indiana (3-8) fell behind early as Pittsburgh (6-5) came out of the gates shooting well to jump ahead of IU, 10-0, in the game's first 2:54. The Hoosiers faced as much as a 14-point deficit in the first half, but Indiana showed no signs of quitting.
With IU trailing 32-22, the Hoosiers began to chip into the Panther lead. Milka Taufa nailed a field goal before Candyce Ussery and Deloach hit free throws to make the deficit just six, 32-26, with 2:31 to go in the half. Taufa then hit on back-to-back field goals in the final minute to cap IU's 8-0 run and take the Pitt lead down to two, 32-30. The Panthers managed to hit a field goal at the horn to take a 34-30 lead into the locker room.
Indiana worked to get its first lead with 15:04 left in the contest with a McGhee jumper to make the score 41-40 in IU's favor. Pittsburgh fired right back with a field goal to take the advantage back, but IU fought back to the gain the advantage once again at the 9:31 mark, 48-47, with a Deloach jumper.
The Hoosiers would push their lead up to four on two separate occasions, the last coming with 4:19 on the clock as Ussery nailed a pair from the charity stripe to give IU the 55-51 advantage.
Pittsburgh then scored five-consecutive points to put the score in its favor, 56-55, with 2:55 to go. McGhee then stepped to the free throw line and hit two shots to propel IU ahead. The score would stay that way until a Pittsburgh jumper from Ashlee Anderson gave the Panthers the lead again, 58-57, with under a minute to play.
Deloach later hit 1-of-2 free throws to tie the contest. On her miss with her second free throw, Sasha Chaplin skied for the offensive board and was fouled on the put back attempt. She then hit on both of her free throws go give IU the lead, 60-58, with 51 seconds remaining.
Pittsburgh executed its next offensive set as Brianna Kiesel nailed a field goal to tie the ballgame, 60-60. Sinclair was then fouled on IU's next possession after she grabbed an offensive rebound and went to the line. She missed her first opportunity but hit on the second to put Indiana ahead, 61-60, with just 22 seconds on the clock.
The Panthers pushed the ball up the floor and Chaplin was called for a blocking foul as Kiesel drove to the rim. Kiesel missed her first attempt from the charity stripe, but made good on her second to tie the game, 61-61, with 10 seconds left. Indiana's McGhee had a contested shot attmpt that fell short and Taufa just missed a put back opportunity and the game headed into overtime.
In overtime, Pittsburgh jumped ahead just 11 seconds into the period with a Kiesel field goal and never relinquished the lead the rest of the way. The Panthers outscored IU 10-2 in the paint during the extra period, and 16-11 overall to earn the victory.
Taufa set new career highs with eight points and seven rebounds in the game, including six boards on the offensive end. Indiana outrebounded Pittsburgh, 49-45, but the Panthers had the edge in points in the paint, 42-22. Four Pitt players tallied double-figure points led by Kiesel's 23.
Indiana will play one more contest in the Caribbean Classic against Colorado State on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The game will tip at 1 p.m. ET and can be heard on WHCC 105.1 FM in Bloomington.
Simone Deloach played her first minutes of the 2011-12 season after missing Indiana's first 10 games due to recovering from an offseason injury. Deloach played 34 minutes and tallied her first career double-double, setting career highs with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore shot 3-of-4 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line and added three blocks, all career-high totals.
Aulani Sinclair finished with 16 points in the game and had three rebounds and two steals. She has scored in double-figures in eight games this season, all coming in IU's last nine contests.
Jasmine McGhee scored 21 points and grabbed eight boards for her third-straight game of scoring 20 or more points in a contest. McGhee has tallied double-digit points in six games this season.
Milka Taufa played 15 minutes, the most in her career, and finished with career-highs of eight points and seven rebounds. Taufa shot 4-of-8 from the field, and six of her boards came on the offensive glass.
The Hoosiers outrebounded Pittsburgh, 49-45. IU is 3-2 in games in which they outrebound the opponent.
IU had 22 offensive rebounds and outscored Pitt in second chance points, 21-17.
Indiana's bench scored 27 points to Pittsburgh's 10 reserve points. Deloach's 12, Taufa's eight and Chaplin's seven points accounted for that total.
Indiana held Pittsburgh to just 29 percent shooting in the second half, marking the sixth time this year that IU has held an opponent to under 30 percent from the field for a half.
The starting five for the Hoosiers was Danilsa Andujar, Aulani Sinclair, Quaneisha McCurty, Candyce Ussery and Jasmine McGhee. It marks the first time this season these five have started together.