Legette-Jack Earns 100th Career Win, Hoosiers Beat Michigan State, 62-48
Dec. 29, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Indiana head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack picked up her 100th career win as the Hoosiers (9-2, 2-0) won their eighth in the row with a 62-48 win at Michigan State (8-5, 1-1) on Monday, Dec. 28. The Hoosiers' eight game win streak is the longest since the 1998-99 team won nine straight games.
Sophomore Jori Davis led all players with 14 points, while senior Amber Jackson and junior Jamie Braun added 12 points apiece. Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds, while Jackson added nine. Thomas is now nine points shy 1,000 career points scored at Indiana after netting seven on the night. Braun also recorded five steals and four assists to lead IU.
The Hoosiers opened the first half holding the Spartans to just single-digit points in the first 11 minutes of the game while building up a 13-point lead, 22-9, with 9:07 to go in the half. A 3-pointer by Mandy Piechowski brought Michigan State within 10, 22-12, but the Hoosiers closed out the half on a 19-11 run in the final 7:20 of the first stanza to take a 41-23 lead into the break.
Michigan State came out of halftime and used a three-point play by Aisha Jefferson to cut IU's lead to 41-26, at the 19:37 mark. A jumper by Braun kept the Hoosiers at a 17-point advantage, 43-26, but back-to-back baskets by Jefferson brought the Spartans within 13, 43-30, with 16:01 on the clock. A jumper by Davis at the 15:39 mark, while Braun followed with a basket and Roberson added two free throws to increase Indiana's lead back to 19, 49-30. The Spartans answered with an 8-0 run, sparked by a layup from Jefferson, to come back within 11, 49-38, with 8:30 to go in the game. However, Indiana responded with a jumper by Braun at the 8:08 mark and a fastbreak layup by Roberson with 7:51 remaining to increase its lead back to 15, 53-38.
The Hoosiers held strong on defense and maintained at least 13-point lead en route to the 62-48 win.
Indiana won the battle of the boards, 41-40, and held Michigan State to 30.5 percent (18-of-59) shooting from the floor on the game. The Hoosiers also forced the Spartans into committing 20 turnovers.
The Hoosiers return to action on Sunday, Jan. 4 when they host the Iowa Hawkeyes on the Big Ten Network in Assembly Hall.
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