Bloomington, Ind. -- The Indiana womens basktetball team lost a heartbreaking 60-51 overtime contest against No. 22 Michigan State Sunday afternoon. IU falls to 11-6 overall and 4-12 in the Big Ten, while the Spartans move to 20-7 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten.
Jenny DeMuth paced the Hoosiers with a game-high 23 points with Cyndi Valentin adding 16 points and five assists. Sarah McKay was a force on the defensive end with seven blocks and five rebounds. Angela Hawkins pulled in eight boards.
Following a layup by Michigan States Kelli Roehrig, the Hoosiers trailed 51-48 with just nine seconds remaining in regulation. With time running down, Valentin hit a three-pointer from the right wing as time expired to even the score and force overtime.
The Spartans defense took control in the overtime period, holding the Hoosiers scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting from the field despite some good looks. Liz Shimek hit a trey giving the Spartans a 54-51 lead as MSU closed out the overtime with a 9-0 advantage en route to the 60-51 win. The loss was Indianas first in seven overtime games under head coach Kathi Bennett.
It was a nip-and-tuck the entire second half with neither team taking more than a three-point advantage. Michigan State opened the frame with four straight points before the Hoosiers reeled off an 11-4 run to take a 35-32 lead.
IU maintained a 37-34 lead when the Spartans scored six unanswered to build a 40-37 advantage. Indiana closed the gap to one at 47-46 with 3:01 left following a DeMuth baseline jumper.
MSU struck again after a Kristin Haynie jumper to regain a three-point lead at 49-46 at the 2:27 mark.
With the Spartans holding a 49-46 lead, DeMuth was fouled while attempting a three-pointer from the right baseline. She converted on two of three free throws to make it 49-48 and set up the final frenzy.
Michigan States defense took Indiana out of sync on the offensive end in the game's opening minutes, as the Hoosiers started the contest with 1-of-6 shooting from the field and committed six turnovers in the first 12 minutes of the game. As a result, the Spartans opened with a 16-5 run to set the tempo.
Spurred by its own solid defense, the Hoosiers responded with a 13-2 run to tie the game at 18. DeMuth scored nine of the 15 points during the run, which came with MSUs Shimek on the bench saddled with early foul trouble.
The two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the first half and went into the locker room with the score tied, 24-24.
Indiana got a scare with 1.5 seconds remaining in the first half when junior point guard LeeAnn Stephenson was knocked hard to the ground by Michigan State forward Julie Pagel. Stephenson walked off the court under her own power, leaving the game with an injury to the muscles in the upper part of her chest. She did not return.
The game provided several milestones, highlighted by the fact that DeMuth scored 23 points to bring her season total to an even 500, making her only the fifth Hoosier ever to score 500 points in a single season.
McKay blocked a new Indiana single-game freshman record seven shots to bring her season total to 52, passing the existing single-season freshman record of 47 set by Shirley Bryant in 1992.
In addition, Valentin converted on six-of-six attempts from the free-throw line to bring her consecutive free throw streak to 40, passing Pat Graham to set a new Indiana all-time record for either men or women. Valentin has not missed a free throw since January 2.
Lastly, a crowd of 2,615 was on hand, bringing Indianas home attendance total this year to 26,205, passing the previous season attendance record of 26,101 set last year.
Sundays game marked the end of the regular season. The Hoosiers will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the number nine seed and will battle eighth-seeded Wisconsin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers and Badgers split their two regular-season meetings, with each team winning on its respective home court. The winner of Thursday's game faces top-seeded Penn State Friday at noon.