BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana fell to Athletes in Action, 82-69, in an exhibition game played at Assembly Hall Sunday.
The game was an uncharacteristic performance from Indiana, as the Hoosier defense suffered through lapses that it usually does not demonstrate. Athletes in Action got some easy buckets in the halfcourt game at times.
With sophomore Cyndi Valentin held scoreless from the field in the first half, Indiana struggled to get points from other sources. Valentin came alive in the second half to finish with 17 points.
Junior Jenny DeMuth was productive when she got to the rim, but couldn't find the range with her jump shot. DeMuth finished the game with 17 points on 5-of-17 shooting from the field and 1-of-6 shooting from three-point range.
Shooting was a problem for the Hoosiers, as Indiana couldn't get shots to fall from the field, from the free-throw line or from three-point range.
Indiana struggled with turnovers early in the contest, as the Hoosiers committed six turnovers in the first four minutes of the game and 14 turnovers in the first half. Indiana also struggled to find the range in the early going, draining only three of its first 11 attempts from the field.
Sophomore center Angela Hawkins gave reason for optimism with her hustle and rebounding, hauling in nine rebounds in the first half and 14 in the game.
DeMuth led the Hoosiers with eight points in the first half, but struggled from the field, converting on two of her 10 attempts from the field and none of her three attempts from deep.
While Indiana had a hard time getting shots to fall, Athletes in Action had no such troubles, taking a 39-26 lead into the half after shooting 42 percent from the field and 58 percent from three-point range in the first half (7-for-12).
The Hoosiers showed signs of life early in the second half, but AIA was able to keep Indiana at arm's length with solid shooting, then put the game out of reach down the stretch.
Cyndi Valentin drained a trey midway through the second half that cut the AIA lead to six at 51-45, but Eckart answered with a three of her own, followed by a Mandy Arndtson score to get the AIA lead back to 56-45.
Injuries were an issue for Indiana as forwards Jamie Gathing (knee), Brigett Branson (hamstring and Jamey Chapman (ankle), along with guard Annika Boyd (hip) were on the sidelines, but did not dress for the game.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, when they wrap up the exhibtion season with a 7:30 p.m. game against the Reebok Lady Stars at Assembly Hall.