Indiana With Best Start in Program History After Win at Xavier
Dec. 29, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Indiana topped Xavier on the road Sunday afternoon, 62-55, to give IU its best start in program history at 13-0. The 13-game winning streak is the longest ever in school history and IU ends non-conference play without a loss for the fourth time ever.
Xavier (5-6) jumped ahead 5-2 before an Alexis Gassion steal on the defensive end led to a Taylor Agler fast-break layup at the 16:58 mark. Gerardot followed with a 3-point field goal as Agler later went coast-to-coast for two-straight layups to give IU an 11-5 lead. Gassion then hit a pair of free throws to cap an 11-0 Hoosier run.
The Musketeers cut the Hoosier lead to four, but Indiana (13-0) punched back with six-straight points thanks to a Deloach field goal and a Gerardot free throw and 3-pointer to give the Hoosiers their first double-digit lead, 19-9, with 12:07 on the clock.
Indiana built its lead to as much as 16 points in the first half, 27-11, thanks to holding XU without a field goal for a span of 6:05. But Xavier then scored 10-consecutive points make it a 27-21 score in the final minutes of the first half.
Larryn Brooks righted the ship for IU with a pair of free throws at the 2:21 mark. Karlee McBride came off the bench and nailed a 3-point bomb from the left wing to cap a quick 6-0 spurt for the Hoosiers to end the half and take a 33-21 lead into the locker room.
An Agler 3-point field goal at the 13:53 mark of the second half gave IU its biggest lead of the final 20 minutes at 47-32. The Hoosier offense then went cold as Indiana went nearly five minutes without scoring and Xavier cut the lead to single digits, 47-38, with 10:33 remaining. A Brooks steal and layup and a Gassion bucket pushed IU's lead back to 13 with 8:49 to go.
The Musketeers cut the Hoosier lead to eight, 58-50, before a Deloach lay in and a pair of Gerardot free throws put IU in a comfortable 12-point lead with 1:41 to play. Xavier scored the final five points of the game as IU held on for its sixth true road win of the year.
To go along with her 19 points, Gerardot skied for eight boards and added three assists. Deloach accomplished her second career double-double. Agler tallied nine points, shooting 4-of-6 from the field and tied her career high with four steals. Brooks added nine points and had three assists. Gassions skied for a career-high 10 boards and had six points with a pair of steals.
As a team, IU outrebounded Xavier, 44-40, but struggled shooting as the Hoosiers combined to shoot 37.7 percent from the field.
Indiana will next take on Iowa in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 2, to open Big Ten play. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes will tip at 7 p.m. ET in Bloomington.
IU's 13-0 record in non-conference play marks the fourth time ever that an Indiana women's basketball team has finished regular season non-Big Ten play without a loss (9-0 in 1992-93, 9-0 in 1993-94, 10-0 in 1994-95).
The Hoosiers will finish non-conference play as the only Big Ten team without a loss.
Indiana's 13 non-conference regular season victories are the most ever in program history.
The Hoosiers are a perfect 6-0 in true road games this season, the program's most road wins in a single season since 2008-09 campaign.
IU will be the only Big Ten team to achieve six true road wins in non-conference play as Indiana is the only conference team that will play six true road games in non-Big Ten play.
Indiana outrebounded Xavier, 44-40, marking the ninth time this year that IU has outrebounded an opponent.
The Hoosiers outscored the Musketeers in the paint, 38-16, in points off turnovers, 23-16, second-chance points, 15-11, and bench points, 15-10.
Tabitha Gerardot tied her season high with 19 points to go along with eight boards and three assists. Gerardot shot 5-of-11 from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
Simone Deloach finished with her second career double-double with season highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds. She shot 5-of-8 from the floor and had a block and a steal.
Taylor Agler tied her career high with four steals to go along with nine points, two rebounds and two assists.
Alexis Gassion skied for a career-best 10 rebounds and added six points and a pair of steals.
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