Box Score Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana cruised to a 79-59 win over North Texas in the championship game of the Indiana Classic Presented by Hampton Inn at Assembly Hall Sunday.
The Hoosiers improved to 2-0 on the year, with North Texas slipping to 1-1.
Jenny DeMuth stole the show for the Hoosiers, scoring 20 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and coming up with four steals...in the first half alone. She finished the game with a career-high 30 points and a career-best 12 rebounds in the finest all-around performance of her career. Her numbers could have been even more impressive, but she spent much of the second half on the bench with Indiana leading comfortably. In doing so, she became the first Hoosier to score 30 points since Jill Chapman scored 30 against Wisconsin in 2002.
Something had to give in Sunday's contest, as the Hoosiers were coming off a round-one win over Cornell in which they limited Cornell to 41 points on 28 percent shooting from the field. Meanwhile, North Texas was coming off a round-one win over Indiana State in which it scored 86 points on 48 percent shooting from the field.
It was clear from the onset that Sunday's championship game would be played on Indiana's terms, with the Hoosiers keeping North Texas out of any kind of rhythm. The Lady Eagles started the game by making only three of their first 18 shots from the field. Meanwhile, Jenny DeMuth was having her way on the other side of the court, leading Indiana to a 32-13 advantage at one point.
The Hoosiers took a 44-25 lead into the locker room at halftime, limiting North Texas to 7-of-34 shooting from the field (20.6 percent), while draining 17 of their 36 attempts from the field (47.2 percent in the first half.
Sunday's win extended Indiana's winning streak in the Indiana Classic to 12 games, dating back to 1997. Kathi Bennett has led the Hoosiers to a perfect 8-0 record in the Classic. Indiana's overall record in its home tournament improved to 36-7 all-time.
Indiana played Sunday's contest without the services of injured point guard LeeAnn Stephenson, who is out for at least three weeks with a knee injury sustained in practice this week.
The Hoosiers return to action at 8:15 p.m. (EST) on Friday, November 28 when they battle Mississippi State at the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The game can be heard live on WHCC Radio 105.1 with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The game can also be heard live on the internet at www.iuhoosiers.com.
2003 Indiana Classic Presented by Hampton Inn All-Tournament Team Tanya Karcic - Cornell
Erin Rhodes - Indiana State
Kim Blanton - North Texas
Jill Medlock- North Texas
Cyndi Valentin - Indiana
Tournament Most Valuable Player
Jenny DeMuth - Indiana