IU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES AT WESTERN KENTUCKY
November 19, 1999 IU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES AT WESTERN KENTUCKY
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Despite a career-high 25 points from sophomoreHeather Cassady, Indiana's women's basketball team dropped it's 1999-2000season opener to Western Kentucky 96-80 Friday evening in E.A. DiddleArena.
Cassady, who connected for seven 3-pointers, led a youthful team whichstruggled with mistakes in the second half but fought with intensity andheart.
After an explosive offensive show in the first half where the Hoosiersmade five 3-pointers in the first eight minutes of the game, Indianaexited to the locker room trailing the Lady Toppers by two points 46-44.
Western Kentucky jumped on the Hoosiers in the second half, converting on IU's unforced errors. Down 56-48, sophomore center Jill Chapman picked up her fourth foul with 15:25 remaining, sending her to the bench. The Hoosiers continued to play hard, cutting a 10-point deficit to five with 12:39 left on the clock but t that was as close as they would get as the Lady Toppers built their lead back to 16 points with 7:36 remaining.
Cassady's 25 points led four IU scorers in double figures, followed by 12points from both Chapman and Alting. Alting also added seven assists, sixrebounds and three steals while Kay Morgan added 11 points and eightassists.
As a team, the Hoosiers shot 43 percent from the field and were 11-28 from3-point range (.393). The Lady Toppers connected on 57 percent from the field and out rebounded the Hoosiers 49-31.
"At the half, I felt good about where we were at in the game," said Jim Izard. "I thought that with 20 minutes left in the game, that we had put ourselves in a position to win. We came out the second-half and got down immediately by 10 and were never really able to get back in the game. I am very pleased with the play of Heather Cassady and the way she ran the floor tonight. I also think that Rainey (Alting) played really hard and that Jamie (Gathing) did a good job for us off of the bench."
The Hoosiers will be back in action hosting South Carolina Wednesday,
Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Assembly Hall.
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