IU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM DEFEATS MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
December 10, 1999 IU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM DEFEATS MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
TUCSON, Ariz. - Indiana University women's basketball team advanced to the Championship game of the Insight.com Bowl Basketball Classic Friday evening, defeating Middle Tennessee State 81-68 at the McKale Center. The Hoosiers will play the winner of the second game, which features No. 19 Arizona against Texas Southern.
With the victory, the Hoosiers evened their record at 4-4 while Middle Tennessee State fell to 3-3 on the season.
Spurred on by a 24-9 run and 55 percent field goal shooting in the second half, the Hoosiers finally opened up what had been a close game through the first 32 minutes. After trailing MTS 33-29 at the half, Indiana quickly fell behind 35-29 in the opening minutes of the second half but fought back to tie the game at 50-all at the 11:31 mark. From there, the two team's see-sawed back and forth until IU's last broke the game's final tie at 57-all with 8:10 remaining. Over the next five minutes, Indiana used balanced scoring to outscore MTS 14-4, going up 71-61. From there, the Hoosiers rolled to a 81-68 victory.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first half as the Hoosiers struggled offensively, shooting just 29 percent from the field and went into the locker room trailing 33-29 at the half.
Indiana was led in scoring by Heather Cassady who netted 21 points. The sophomore also collected seven rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of play. Teammates Jill Chapman and Rainey Alting also contributed double-digits with 19 and 17 points apiece, respectively.
As a team, IU shot 40 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line while out rebounding the Raiders 47-41.
"I feel that in the first half we really had four starters not playing
very well," said Jim Izard. "I felt that Rainey (Alting) and
our defense kept us in the game. I feel that in the second half, from the
10-minute mark on, we really settled down and started to run our offense
effectively. We played good possession to possession basketball and hit
the boards hard. I also feel that Heather (Cassady) and Jill (Chapman)
came on strong for us in the second half."
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