INDIANA DEFEATS NORTHWESTERN ON THE ROAD
January 26, 2000 INDIANA DEFEATS NORTHWESTERN ON THE ROAD
EVANSTON, Ill. - EVANSTON, Ill. - Indiana's women's basketball team picked up its first Big Ten road win of the season Wednesday evening, defeating Northwestern in a tightly contested matchup 63-62 in Welsch-Ryan Arena.
With the win the Hoosiers improve to 8-11, 3-5 in Big Ten play while the Wildcats fall to 6-12 overall, 3-5 in the league.
For the second time in four days, IU's Heather Cassady stepped up to the charity stripe with the game on the line and calmly sank two free throws. The first time was last Sunday against Purdue with :05 left on the clock. Tonight it was with :07 left. Only Wednesday evening, her free throws meant more than sending the game into overtime. They were for the win.
In a wild contested outcome, where the Hoosiers saw their lead finally evaporate with 12:53 left, IU saw Northwestern go on a 15-4 run while IU went 5:30 without a field goal. Jill Hartman's free throws with 4:30 left regained the Hoosier lead briefly but it was her 3-point shot with 17.9 seconds that put IU up 61-59. A foul that sent Dana leonard to the line with 9.8 left put NU up 62-61 until Heather Cassady was fouled and sent to the line for two free throws, sinking both for the win.
The Hoosiers used good ball movement on offense and a tenacious defense to lead the Wildcats the entire first half. Indiana was on a 10-2 run to close out the first half until NU's Leslie Dolland and Leslie Schock scored a field goal and 3-point basket, respectively to cut what would have been an IU nine point lead to four points leaving indiana to settle with the 28-24 advantage at the intermission.
Jill Chapman led IU with 22 points and nine rebounds while Hartman finished with 15 and Cassady 13. Tami Sears led NU with 24 points.
"We knew the last 20 minutes would be down to the wire and it was. I'm very proud of this team," said Jim Izard. As a coach, I would have trouble painting a picture of a game like this.
The Hoosiers next travel to Columbus, Ohio to play Ohio State Sunday, Jan. 30 (EST) in Value City Arena.
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