Hoosiers Top Toledo, 73-63
Dec. 22, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Hoosiers reached double-digit points with Sasha Chaplin collecting her fourth double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Indiana women's basketball team topped Toledo, 73-63, in Assembly Hall in its final non-conference game of the season.
Hope Elam led the Hoosiers (8-4) with 24 points and added seven rebounds. Jori Davis also reached double-digits with 18 points. Jamie Braun led IU with five assists, while Chaplin led the Hoosiers with three steals.
"What an exciting game we played right before the holiday," said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "We had a setback against Cleveland State, but I think we go by this CAB approach, character, academics, basketball, and our character was challenged. We decided we are not going to allow that to happen and we came back with vengeance. These young ladies on my left and right (Elam and Chaplin) really took it personal about what was going on in our box outs and rebounding, they did a tremendous job. It was a great team effort right before the holidays. It is a fun team when we play with a sense of purpose. I think we are on our way."
Down 12-4 to the Rockets (8-3) with 15:10 on the clock in the first half, the Hoosiers used a 12-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 16-12, with 10:35 to go. IU continued to lock down on defense and extend the run to 33-8 throughout the remainder of the half to take a 37-20 lead into the break. Chaplin led the way in the first stanza, scoring 16 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes.
Indiana controlled the tempo in the second half, leading by as many as 23 en route to the 73-63 win.
Chaplin sank 10-of-13 from the field and 2-of-4 from the free throw line for her 24 points. Eight of her 12 rebounds came on the offensive end. Elam made 10-of-15 from the field, 1-of-3 from the 3-point line and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed seven rebounds, five on the offensive side, and added a steal. Davis hit 7-of-13 from the field and added six rebounds, four assists and one steal.
"I give credit to my teammates and coaches for pushing me hard during practice this week, because after the Saint Louis game and Cleveland State they found weaknesses in the post and they pushed us to that limit to see if we could handle it in the post," Chaplin said. "We came through and we stepped up to the challenge."
The Hoosiers shot 48.4 percent (30-of-62) from the floor and won the battle on the boards, 43-32. Toledo shot 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from the floor. Indiana outscored the Rockets, 36-24, in the paint and 19-11 on second chance points.
"It was definitely a confidence booster for me today since I've been down a couple games," Elam said. "It definitely feels good to be back. I credit my teammates for getting me the ball when I was open, and me just finishing the shots I put up."
Indiana returns to action on Dec. 31 when it travels to West Lafayette to battle Purdue in the two teams only meeting of the season. Tip-off from Mackey Arena is set for Noon ET and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
In her last two games Sasha Chaplin is averaging 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds
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