Valentin Sets School Record; IU Stopped by Wisconsin, 66-62
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Madison, Wis. Despite a late scramble in the closing minutes of Sunday afternoons game, the Indiana Hoosier womens basketball fell to the Wisconsin Badgers, 66-62, at the Kohl Center in Madison.
With the loss, IU falls to11-15 on the year and 4-11 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin moves to 9-15 overall and 3-11 in conference play.
Wisconsin did really well getting the ball inside and they made the most of their opportunities, said head coach Kathi Bennett.
Sophomore Cyndi Valentin broke the all-time school record for consecutive free throws made after she sank a pair from the charity stripe at the 12:52 mark to push her streak to 34 straight makes. Valentins superb free throw shooting ranks her second nationally with a .919 FT percentage. Valentin needs just five more consecutive free throws to pass the all-time leader (men or women) Pat Graham, who played for the Indiana mens team from 1990-91. Graham currently holds the IU all-time record with 38 consecutive free throws in a single season.
The Hoosiers hung on in the opening minutes of the contest, but it wasnt until the 13:15 mark that Wisconsin opened up a furious 9-1 run to pull ahead, 23-9. From then on, the Hoosiers struggled to get in their offensive rhythm and could not get enough defensive stops to turn the game in their favor. In the last meeting between Indiana and Wisconsin, the Badgers scored only 39 points all game against the Hoosiers but this time out, they notched 37 points at the half, taking a 37-26 into the locker room.
The second half was pretty much the same story, until the last two minutes of the contest when the Hoosiers went on a late rally. DeMuth and Valentin sparked a 5-0 run, with back to back three pointers from the duo and a fast-break lay-up off from Valentin that helped bring the Hoosiers to within two, 64-62 the closest they had been since the opening minutes of the game. However, IUs rally was not enough as Wisconsin continued to apply pressure and connect on key shots down the stretch to go on and capture the four-point victory.
Our rally came too late. We needed that intensity early in the game and we needed it all game, added Bennett.
Valentin finished with 21 points, her eighth 20-plus scoring effort this season and her third in a row (Valentin had 20 points against Iowa, and 21 against Michigan prior to Sunday's game).
DeMuth pitched in with 18 points and seven rebounds. DeMuth has now etched her name into 15th place on Indianas all-time scoring list with 1, 033 career points.
Wisconsins Jordan Wilson was the games leading scorer and rebounder with 24 points, 10 boards.
The loss marked the fifth loss at the Kohl Center in the Hoosiers last six visits.
IU also extended its road losing skid to four games and made it their eighth loss in the last nine games.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 29 when they play their last regular season game against the Michigan State Spartans at Assembly Hall. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live along the Indiana Women's Basketball Radio Network with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The broadcast can be accessed worldwide via the internet at iuhoosiers.com. Simply click on the "Broadcasts" link and follow the prompts from there.