Dec. 31, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Four Indiana players scored in double-figures as the Hoosiers dominated UIC in Assembly Hall on Monday night, 81-59. Aulani Sinclair scored 31 points to lead the way for IU as Jasmine McGhee finished with her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 boards. Nicole Bell scored a career-high 16 points and Sasha Chaplin added 13.
Indiana (9-4) jumped ahead quickly outscoring UIC (4-8) 10-2 in the game's first 3:36. With the score tied at 2-2, Chaplin hit a jumper before Sinclair and McGhee hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 8-0 Hoosier run.
After the Flames hit a field goal, Sinclair scored eight-straight points to ignite a 15-0 IU run which was polished off by a Bell 3-point field goal at the 10:20 mark to make it a 25-4 Indiana lead.
Indiana continued to put together scoring runs. With IU leading 30-9, McGhee nailed back-to-back jumpers go put the Hoosiers ahead by 25 points. After an UIC layup and free throw, McGhee hit two more buckets. Sinclair hit a pair of free throws at the 3:04 mark to make it a 40-12 score. Chaplin then finished off a 12-3 IU run to make it a 42-12 Indiana lead with 2:30 remaining in the half.
Bell put the exclamation point on a spectacular first half with a 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to give IU a 47-16 advantage heading into halftime.
UIC did not lay down in the second half, cutting the deficit to 16 points, 56-40, with 10:35 to play. But just as she has done all season, Sinclair responded with a lay in followed by three points from Chaplin to increase Indiana's lead back up to 21 points, 61-40.
The two teams would go back-and-forth the rest of the way before IU held on for the 22-point victory.
"We played an excellent first 20 minutes of the game to give ourselves a dominating lead against a team that had won three of their last four games," head coach Curt Miller said. "That excellent first half gave us an opportunity to play through some mistakes when we struggled in the first 10 minutes out of halftime."
Sinclair scored over 30 points for the second of her career, shooting 9-for-19 from the field, including connecting on six 3-point field goals. Sinclair has hit six or more 3-pointers in a game three times in her career, including twice this season.
Bell shot 5-for-7 from the field, 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. Bell has hit three or more 3-point field goals in four games this year.
Milika Taufa skied for a career-best 14 rebounds in the game.
The Hoosiers held the Flames to just 31.7 percent shooting in the game, including holding UIC to just 22.2 percent (6-for-27) shooting in the first half. This marks the eighth time this year that IU has held an opponent to 33.3 percent or lower from the field and the Hoosiers are 7-1 in those contests.
Indiana will begin Big Ten play on Thursday, Jan. 3, at Michigan. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET from Ann Arbor.
Indiana improves to 9-4 on the season with the win tonight, which are the most wins for a Hoosier team since IU won nine games for the entire 2010-11 season.
Indiana's 47 first half points were the most points in a half for IU this season. It is the highest point total for a half for an Indiana team since Nov. 26, 2009, when the Hoosiers tallied 55 second-half points against Virginia.
The Hoosiers held UIC to just 16 first half points, the lowest point total in a half for an IU opponent this season. Indiana has held opponents to under 20 points in a half three times this season.
Indiana had four players score in double-figures for the first time this season.
IU held the Flames to just 31.7 percent shooting in the game, including holding UIC to just 22.2 percent (6-for-27) shooting in the first half. This marks the eighth time this year that IU has held an opponent to 33.3 percent or lower from the field for an entire game and the Hoosiers are 7-1 in those contests.
Indiana tallied a season-high 81 points, marking the highest point total for a Hoosier team since IU scored 81 points at Ball State to begin the 2010-11 season on Nov. 12, 2010.
IU tied its season best mark of 10 made 3-point field goals as a team. The Hoosiers shot 43.5 percent (10-for-23) from beyond the arc, marking the eighth time this year that IU has shot 40.0 percent or better from 3-point range. The Hoosiers are 7-1 when they hit that percentage. The last time an Indiana team has shot 40.0 percent or better eight times in a season came during the 2007-08 campaign when IU shot that well in 10 contests.
Aulani Sinclair scored 31 points, marking the second time this season that she has tallied 30 or more points, each of those coming in the last three games. Sinclair shot 9-for-19 from the field, 6-for-13 from beyond the arc and 7-for-9 from the free throw line. She also added a steal, a rebound and an assist.
In her last three games, Sinclair has scored 92 points to average 30.7 points per game during that span. She is shooting 48.5 percent (32-for-66) from the field and 50.0 percent (16-for-32) from beyond the arc during those three contests.
Sinclair has hit six or more 3-pointers in a game three times in her career, including twice in the last three games.
Senior Jasmine McGhee compiled her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 boards. She also had a season-high four assists with two steals and a block. McGhee has scored in double-figures seven times this season and 21 times in her career. She has accomplished a double-double in five career games.
Freshman Nicole Bell finished with a career-high 16 points, shooting 5-for-7 from the field, 3-for-5 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. She also had two assists, two rebounds and a steal. Her five made field goals is a new career mark. Bell has connected on three or more 3-pointers in four games this season.
Sasha Chaplin tallied a season-high 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the game to go along with three boards and a steal. Chaplin has scored in double-figures twice this season and 27 times in her career.
Junior Milika Taufa finished with a career-best 14 rebounds. Taufa has skied for 10 or more boards in each of the last two games.