Columbus, Ohio- The Indiana womens basketball team lost their second consecutive road game to Ohio State 71-65, this afternoon February 1 at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Indianas record fell to 10-10 overall and 3-6 in conference action. Ohio State moved to 12-7 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten.
Indiana was led in scoring by Jenny DeMuth with 23 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two assists and Cyndi Valentin with 20 points, two rebounds, and a season-high three steals. Todays game marked the fourth time this season that DeMuth and Valentin had 20 or more points in the same game. Sarah McKay also contributed 12 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots while Leah Enterline scored four points, grabbed two rebounds and had four assists.
Ohio State was led by LaToya Turner with 19 points and nine rebounds and Jessica Davenport with 18 points and six rebounds.
We are not going to win if we allow the other team to make 24 free throws," said Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett. I feel like our first half post-defense was poor but we made adjustments in the second half to give ourselves a chance to win.
The two teams started the first stanza with balanced scoring and the Hoosiers held a 17-14 lead at the ten-minute mark in the half. The Buckeyes then went on a 15-0 run thanks to the play of Latoya Turner and Jessica Davenport who scored a combined 24 points in the first hlaf alone. The offensive explosion proved to be too much for Indiana to handle as they went into halftime with a 38-23 deficit.
The Hoosiers fought back in the second half and out-scored the Buckeyes 42-33. Dealing with foul trouble the entire game, Indiana brought it to within ten at the eight-minute mark on a 15-foot jumper by Valentin. In the last five minutes of the game, the Hoosiers went on a 13-3 run to bring the score to within six and held Ohio State to just one field goal during that time.
We need to get better defensively, said DeMuth. We did some good things to come back in the second half but we have to play a complete game if we are going to win.
Overall the Hoosiers shot 18-20 (90%) from the free three line. In addition, Indianas 42 second-half points was the most scored since downing 44 against Iowa on January 5.
Today's loss snapped Indiana's five-game win streak over Ohio State. It was also the first time Kathi Bennett has recorded a loss against the Buckeyes.
The Hoosiers return home later in the week where they will face Penn State on Feb. 5 at Assembly Hall. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.