Hoosiers Drop Consolation Game to Iowa State, 75-59
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ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS The Indiana womens basketball team fell to the Iowa State Cyclones, 75-59, in the consolation game of the Paradise Jam Saturday night. Indiana slips to 2-2 on the season while Iowa State improves to 2-1.
The Hoosiers struggled to get in sync offensively for majority of the game. The Cyclones stifling two-three zone proved to be too much for the Hoosiers as they committed a total of 19 turnovers.
Trailing only by four at the half, 30-26, the Hoosiers tried to hang on coming out of the break, but the Cyclones immediately exploded on a 14-2 run just seven minutes into the second half and led 45-28 at the 12:57 mark.
Down the stretch, junior Jenny DeMuth emerged and became aggressive for the Hoosiers, as she drove to the basket and drew fouls on several occasions, but it was not enough as Iowa State would not let up and continued to maintain their comfortable lead.
The largest lead of the night for the Cyclones came at the 5:21 mark when Iowa States Ann ONeil sank two free throws, moving the score to 67-46 and giving the Cyclones a 21-point advantage heading into the final minutes.
Sophomore Cyndi Valentin paced Indiana with 17 points, while dishing out three assists. DeMuth finished with 13 points on the night, including a perfect six-for-six show from the free throw line. Indiana post players, sophomore Angela Hawkins, and freshman Sarah McKay and Jamey Chapman had a tough time shooting underneath, combining for only six points.
The Cyclones shot 50 percent from the field, while Indiana was held to just 36 percent. The Cyclones also out rebounded the Hoosiers, 34-30.
Defensively the Hoosiers did a good job stopping Iowa States leading scorer, Lyndsey Medders as they held her to only 11 points on the night. Lisa Kreiner stepped it up for the Cyclones, becoming a role player and leading Iowa State with 18 points and 11 boards. ONeil finished with 14 points.
We are going to have to get better defensively, said head coach Kathi Bennett. We didnt contest the outside shots and we gave up too many second-chance opportunities. Offensively, weve got to get better. We were out of sync and we need to improve.
Indiana returns to action on Friday, Dec. 5, when they travel to Richmond, VA., to take on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams. Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m. (EST)