Washington, D.C. The Indiana womens basketball team put together its most balanced offensive effort of the season en route to a 72-62 victory over a tough Georgetown Hoya team Sunday afternoon at the McDonough Gym in the nations capital. The Hoosiers, who picked up their fourth consecutive non-conference road win dating back to last year, improve to 4-2 on the season, an identical record to each of the last two seasons through six games. The win also matches the longest non-conference road-winning streak of the Kathi Bennett era. The Hoyas slip to 4-2 on the campaign.
The Hoosiers had four players score double digits, an effort that has not happened since Feb. 13, 2003 against Iowa. Freshman Leah Enterline led the pack Sunday, posting a career-high 17 points. Junior Jenny DeMuth also had a strong outing, chipping in with 14 points and six rebounds of her own. Sophomores Cyndi Valentin and Angela Hawkins each pitched in with 12 points and eight rebounds apiece in the win. The 12-point effort for Hawkins was a season-high.
This game was a great show of heart for this team, said Bennett. We fell behind early in the first half, but our defense got us back in the game. We had some key players get in foul trouble, but everyone stepped up. Angie (Hawkins) and Leah (Enterline) played great at critical times and really made a difference.
The game got off to a sluggish start with both teams fighting to get in their offensive rhythm. DeMuth got things started first for the Hoosiers, scoring Indianas first basket and continuing to carry the Hoosiers, scoring eight of their 11 points by the 11:38 mark. The Hoosiers began to find themselves in a little bit of trouble as the Hoyas erupted on a 12-2 run as they gained an early 21-9 lead that would force the Hoosiers to turn the tempo up in order to keep the game within reach. Indiana carved the lead down to three, 31-28 after sophomore Brigett Branson sank two free throws, but the Hoyas went on a late flurry in closing minutes of the first half to take a 35-28 lead at the break.
The second half of action was a different story for Indiana. Trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half of action, the Hoosiers turned their fate around quickly. As the second stanza got underway, Valentin sank an important three-point basket that brought the game to within three, 36-33, the closest the Hoosiers had been in almost 10 minutes of play. Down the stretch, strong offensive showings from Enterline and Hawkins proved to be the determining factors as they helped Indiana come within one on five different occasions. It wasnt until a quick jump shot from Enterline at the 11:12 mark the Hoosiers broke free and took the lead, 46-45. The momentum continued, and the Hoosiers slowly pulled away from the Hoyas and led by their largest margin of the contest, 63-50 with just under four minutes to play. In the final minutes, Georgetown would race back and trim the lead to three, but Hoosiers stepped it up defensively, and sealed the victory.
The Cream and Crimson did a good job of getting to the line shooting a remarkable 82 percent on a 27-for-33 effort from the line.
Georgetowns Mary Lisicky led all scorers with 21 points. Rebekkah Brunson also pitched in with 19 points, grabbing nine rebounds.
Indiana has the comfort of returning to its home court, Assembly Hall, to take on the University of Maine on Friday, Dec. 12. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.