Indiana Topples Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 80-58
Dec. 27, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team led from start to finish to top the visiting Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders at Assembly Hall on Tuesday night, 80-58. Jasmine McGhee led Indiana with 19 points followed by Quaneisha McCurty, who added 17 points and eight rebounds. Sasha Chaplin rounded the Hoosier double-digit scorers with 12 points and seven boards.
Indiana (5-8) led Texas A&M Corpus Christi (4-9), 6-4, early in the contest before Sasha Chaplin made a layup thanks to a high-low pass from Danilsa Andujar. Aulani Sinclair followed with a 3-point field goal, then McGhee laid one in to give IU a nine-point advantage. Linda Rubene would cap a 10-0 run for the Hoosiers with a 3-pointer to give the home team 16-4 lead with 14:22 on the clock.
The Islanders worked their way back scoring the next seven points to pull within five, 16-11, with 11:16 remaining in the opening frame. McGhee silenced that Corpus Christi outburst with a baseline jumper.
The Islanders clawed their way within two points of Indiana, 27-25, following a Marquesha Anderson 3-pointer with 3:06 on the clock. McGhee rose to the occasion again, nailing a jumper and a 3-point field goal to stretch the IU lead back to seven. After a Corpus Christi field goal, McCurty hit from beyond the arc and followed that with a tough layup in the paint to top off a 10-2 IU run to give Indiana a 37-27 lead with 33 seconds remaining in the half.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi missed on a 3-point field goal attempt as the final seconds of the half ticked off the clock, but Islander Anderson managed to grab the rebound off of the missed shot to lay it in at the horn to make it a 37-29 score in IU's favor at the half.
Coming out of the halftime break, the Hoosiers outscored the Islanders 12-7 in the first 4:14 to build a 15-point lead after a McGhee jump shot at the 15:46 mark and the score, 49-34.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi then pulled back within 11 points of IU, 51-40, with 13:34 to go. This is when Indiana began to put the game away as Rubene found an open McCurty for a 3-point bomb, which triggered a 19-4 Hoosier run over a 6:44 span to give IU a 26-point cushion, 70-44, with 7:50 to go.
That lead would be IU's biggest of the night as the Islanders could not get within 20 points of Indiana for the rest of the game. Indiana went on the earn its second victory in a row.
Andrea Newbauer finished with a career-high eight assists with just one turnover in the game. IU won the rebounding battle, 51-47, tallying 50 or more boards for the third time this season. Indiana tallied nine steals in the game. The Hoosier bench accounted for 36 of IU's 80 points in the game.
Indiana will open Big Ten play on Friday, Dec. 30 in Bloomington as Michigan State visits Assembly Hall. The game will be live on BTN and will begin at 6 p.m. ET.
Quaneisha McCurty finished with 17 points and eight rebounds on the night on 7-of-13 shooting overall and hitting on 3-of-5 3-point field goal attempts. McCurty also had five blocks. In her last two games, McCurty has scored 37 points, brought down 22 rebounds and tallied 11 blocks. The freshman has tallied double-digit points in three games this season.
Sasha Chaplin had her fourth double-figure scoring game of the year with 12 points while adding seven rebounds. She shot 6-of-8 from the field and had a steal.
Andrea Newbauer set a new career mark with eight assists in the game while committing just one turnover. Newbauer has had five or more assists in four games this season.
Linda Rubene tallied new career-highs six points and five rebounds in the game with all her points coming from her two 3-point field goals.
Indiana outrebounded the Islanders, 51-47, marking the third consecutive game in which IU has topped its opponent in the rebounding category. The Hoosiers are 5-2 in game in which they outrebound their opponent this season. The 51 rebounds marks the third time this season IU has brought down 50 or more boards, the last time came at Belmont on Nov. 18 when Indiana had 55 rebounds. Indiana is 3-0 in games in which they have 50 or more rebounds.
Indiana tallied nine steals in the game, marking the eighth time this season the Hoosiers have had nine or more steals in a contest.
IU hit seven 3-point field goals on the night, marking the second time this year that Indiana has hit seven or more 3-pointers in a single game.
Indiana's 80 points are the most points scored this season by the Hoosiers. The last time IU tallied 80 points in a game was on Jan. 2, 2011, when Indiana topped Minnesota on the road in overtime, 80-79.
All 13 players who dressed for Indiana played during the course of the game, marking the first time this season IU has played 13 players in a game.
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