Indiana Stumbles in Big Ten Opener to Michigan State
Dec. 30, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana fell in its Big Ten opener to visiting Michigan State in Assembly Hall on Friday night, 63-49. Jasmine McGhee led all Hoosier scorers with 17 points with seven rebounds and a career-high five steals. Linda Rubene added a career-best 10 points to round out IU's double-figure scorers.
Michigan State (9-5, 1-0) jumped on top early with a 14-2 run right out of the gates in the game's first 5:15. Indiana (5-9, 0-1) remained poised as later, Rubene nailed a 3-pointer was fouled and connected on the free throw for the four-point play to pull IU within six, 19-13, with 4:19 remaining in the half.
After a Spartan three-point play, Rubene and Ussery nailed back-to-back 3-point field goals for the Hoosiers to make it a 22-19 MSU lead with 2:52 to play. Quaneisha McCurty hit a free throw to cap a 7-0 Indiana run and put Indiana behind by just two points. Michigan State scored consecutive field goals before McCurty hit a layup for the last points of the half, as the Spartans led at the break, 26-22.
Michigan State began the second half just as it began the game, with a major run. This time MSU strung together an 11-2 run in the first 5:09 of the second frame. The Hoosiers responded with a layup from McGhee and a Danilsa Andujar jumper to cut the deficit to seven, 35-28, with 14:20 to play.
MSU built its lead back up to double-digits and led IU, 48-37, with 6:10 on the clock. Milika Taufa hit a layup and Rubene dialed in from long distance once again to make a 48-42 Spartan lead with 5:26 to go. McCurty then hit a put back layup at the 4:35 mark to put Indiana within four, 48-44.
That would be as close as Indiana would come as Michigan State scored seven-straight points to build its lead back to eleven, 55-44, with just 3:01 to play. Aulani Sinclair hit a field goal beyond the arc to make the deficit eight, before MSU's Lykendra Johnson banked in a layup to give her team a 10-point lead. The Spartans sunk free throws down the stretch to hold on for the road conference win.
Indiana shot just 27 percent for the game as Michigan State had four players score in double-figures led by Alton Taylor's 12. Quaneisha McCurty grabbed 10 rebounds, for her third game with 10 or boards this season, she also added five blocks. IU tallied 14 steals on the night, led by Jasmine McGhee's five. Indiana forced 20 Michigan State turnovers, but also committed 20 mistakes on the offensive end.
The Hoosiers will take the road in three of the next four games, beginning with a meeting against Minnesota in Minneapolis on Monday, Jan. 2. That game will tip at 3 p.m. ET from Williams Arena.
Jasmine McGhee led Indiana in scoring with 17 points with seven rebounds and a career-high five steals. McGhee has scored in double-figures in seven games this season, including five of the last six contests. She has also led the team in scoring in five of the six games and seven times overall this season.
Quaneisha McCurty brought down 10 rebounds for her third double-figure rebounding game of the season, including two times in IU's last three contests. McCurty also had five blocks in the game and has tallied five or more blocks in each of the last three outings, totaling 16 rejections in those three contests.
Indiana had 14 steals in the game, which is the second-best total of the season behind its 15-steal performance against Toledo on Nov. 25. IU has had 10 or more steals in a game on six occasions this season.
IU caused 20 Michigan State turnovers, marking the fourth time this year that Indiana has caused 20 or more opponent mistakes and the second-consecutive game of doing so.
The Hoosiers had nine blocks as team, led by McCurty's five. That team total ties Indiana's season-high mark in blocked shots as IU also had nine rejections vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 20.
Indiana's bench accounted for 23 points on the night, collectively scoring 46.9 percent of the team's total output. Linda Rubene was the leading IU reserve scorer with her 10 points.
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