Hoosiers Defeat Northwestern, 84-53, in Big Ten Opener
Dec. 31, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Indiana women's basketball team opened the Big Ten slate with an 84-53 win over Northwestern in Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., on Dec. 31, 2007.
The Hoosiers (8-5, 1-0) and the Wildcats (4-10, 0-2) battled point-for-point in the first three minutes, but a 15-2 Indiana run, that was sparked by a trio of 3-pointers from Kim Roberson and Nikki Smith, gave the Hoosiers a 25-10 lead with 9:12 remaining in the first half. A 5-0 Northwestern run cut the Hoosier advantage to 25-15 with 8:05 on the clock. However, IU answered and outscored the Wildcats, 16-9, in the final seven minutes to take a 41-24 lead into the break.
IU sank 51.6 (16-of-31) percent of its shots from the floor and held Northwestern to just seven field goals in the first half. Braun netted 13 points and Thomas scored 10 to lead the Hoosiers at halftime.
The Hoosiers kept rolling in the second half as they built up a 19-point lead, 50-31, with 14:18 remaining in the game. IU led by as many as 34 points en route the 84-53 win.
Braun sank 9-of-12 from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and added a career-high six steals, four rebounds and three assists in the effort. Thomas shot 5-of-9 from the field and added a team-high seven rebounds. Jackson netted 4-of-8 from the field and grabbed six boards, and Smith hit 3-of-7 from the field with all three makes coming from beyond the arc.
The Hoosiers shot 51.8 (29-of-56) percent from the field on the game and held NU to 29.3 (17-of-58) percent from the floor and 3-of-14 shooting (21.4 percent) from the 3-point line. Indiana also held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats, 39-37. IU outscored Northwestern, 44-18, in the paint and sank 25 points off of 21 Wildcat turnovers.
Indiana returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 3 when they take on rival Purdue at 8 p.m. in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers battle with the Boilermakers will be aired live on the Big Ten Network and on the IU Radio Network.
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