Second Half Surge Not Enough as Indiana Falls to Florida Gulf Coast
Dec. 21, 2010
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Four Hoosiers scored in double-figures, but Indiana fell short in a wild one to Florida Gulf Coast in the last non-conference game of the season, 73-69. Whitney Lindsay tied a career-high and led IU in scoring with 16 points. Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis and Aulani Sinclair tallied 15 and Georgie Jones added 11.
Indiana (6-6) trailed 8-4 in the early going, but earned its first lead of the game during an 11-2 spurt which was capped by IU steals on back-to-back FGCU (9-0) possessions for runaway layups. The first steal and score was by Lindsay as Davis followed on the next possession to build the lead to 15-10 with 12:09 remaining in the half.
Later, with IU owning its biggest lead of the first half at 18-12, the Eagles used an 8-0 run of its own to regain control at 20-18. This was when Aulani Sinclair made her presence known scoring the next eight Hoosier points with a pair of treys and a 17-foot jumper.
FGCU hung tough as Lindsay ended the IU scoring for the half connecting on an acrobatic layup while being fouled and then hitting from the line to complete the three-point play. However, FGCU would get the final word of the half hitting from long range with seven seconds on the clock and went into halftime with a 34-31 advantage over Indiana.
The second half is where things became interesting. Indiana came out quickly to regain the lead at 40-38 with 17:23 remaining on a layup by Jones. The Eagles flew right back in control with a 16-2 run over the next 8:15 to lead 56-42. The Hoosiers were held scoreless for a total of 5:42 seconds during that stretch.
FGCU would build its lead to 16 at 61-45 with 7:41 remaining. This was the turning point in the half as Indiana began cutting the lead to single-digits on a 3-point field goal by Kristiana Stauere to make it 61-52. After a 3-point field goal from Kelsey Jacobson for the Eagles, Jones hit a free throw and Lindsay later connected on a pair from the charity stripe to cut the lead to nine again at 64-55.
The Eagles stretched the lead to 10 once more, but Davis responded driving the lane and hitting a runner while being fouled and then finishing the three-point play. Davis would steal the ball on a later FGCU possession and found Jones for a layup to make the score 65-60 with 2:54 remaining. Sarah Whitfield then connected on the Eagles' 15th 3-point field goal of the game to extend the advantage to 68-60 with just 1:48 to play.
On the next Indiana possession, Davis found a cutting Jones for another layup to cut the lead to six. After an Eagle turnover, Sinclair was fouled on a 3-point try and hit on all of her free throws to make the score 68-65 with 55 seconds on the clock.
After a pair of free throws from FGCU's Jacobson, Sinclair threw up a 3-point attempt from the corner and was fouled in the act of shooting. Her attempt from distance bounced around the rim before dropping in and Sinclair followed with a made free throw to make it a four-point play and the score 70-69 with 27 seconds left. Indiana was forced to foul with time ticking away. Jacobson hit the first of a pair of free throws, but after her miss on the second attempt, FGCU's Sarah Henson was able to pull away a crucial offensive board and found Jacobson who hit on two more from the charity stripe after a Lindsay foul with five seconds remaining to put the game away.
Indiana will open its Big Ten schedule at home against Northwestern on Nov. 30 with the tip scheduled for 7 p.m.
- Senior All-America candidate Jori Davis had 15 points to tally double-figures for the 11th time in 12 games this season. Davis also had four boards, four assists and three steals.
- Sophomore Aulani Sinclair had 15 points, marking the sixth time she has reached double figures this year. Over the last three games, Sinclair is averaging 17.7 points per game and is shooting 64 percent (16-for-25) from 3-point range.
- In just her second game in a Hoosier uniform, Junior Georgie Jones had another impact netting 11 points and grabbing six boards. Jones has tallied double-digit points in both her games this season.
- The Hoosier dominated the paint outscoring the Eagles 28-12 down low.
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