Box Score Quotes Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team turned in its most complete performance of the year in claiming a 67-58 win over Maine at Assembly Hall Friday.
In doing so, the Hoosiers improved to 5-2 overall, while Maine slipped to 4-3 overall.
Indiana controlled the tempo of the game, despite the fact that starting power forward Brigett Branson and starting center Angela Hawkins spent the majority of the game on the bench saddled with foul trouble. Hawkins eventually fouled out with 3:22 remaining.
Despite the fouls, the real story of the game was the aggressiveness showed on the offensive end by the Hoosiers in general and Jenny DeMuth in particular. Indiana repeatedly got to the rim, with DeMuth finishing with a game-high of 22 points. She also established a new career high with 14 rebounds and a new season high with four assists.
Cyndi Valentin added 19 points, while Leah Enterline contributed with 13 points, sparked by an 11-of-15 showing from the free-throw line. Valentin has posted double-figure scoring efforts in all seven of Indiana's games, while Enterline has in each of the last two.
Heather Ernest led the way for Maine with 20 points and 14 rebounds. She was the only Black Bear in double figures.
The Hoosiers led by as many as 14 in the second half, but Maine trimmed the lead down to three at 55-52. However, DeMuth, Valentin and Enterline combined to score Indiana's last 12 points to create some breathing room and seal the win.
Indiana is a perfect 3-0 at home this year and has a four-game home winning streak, dating back to last year. That figure marks the longest since an eight-game streak extending from the end of the 2001-02 season into the beginning of the 2002-03 campaign.
The first half was played at a furious pace, with Jenny DeMuth once again putting up remarkable numbers to lead IU into the locker room with a 35-28 advantage. The junior from Highland, Ind., had 14 points and 11 rebounds at the half, marking her third double-double this year and the second time she has recorded a double-double in the first half alone (she also accomplished the feat against North Texas, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards in the first half.)
Enterline made her first career start in place of the injured Kali Kullberg, who was sidelined with an injury to her knee. The start came at an opportune time for Enterline, who turned in a 17-point effort at Georgetown last game. She became the second true freshman to start for Indiana this year (Jamey Chapman started each of the first three games.)
After undergoing an MRI, Kullberg's injury is not believed to be one that will keep her out for a prolonged amount of time.
By no means did Indiana take Maine lightly going into the game, as the Black Bear lineup boasts five returning starters off last year's 25-6 squad that compiled a perfect 16-0 record in America East Conference play. Providing extra motivation for Maine is the fact that head coach Sharon Versyp hails from Mishawaka, Ind., and went on to star at Purdue from 1985-88.
The Hoosiers return to action at 2 p.m. Sunday when they face North Carolina State at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. The game will be broadcast on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The broadcast can also be accessed worldwide on the internet at the official site of Indiana Athletics, www.iuhoosiers.com. Click on the broadcasts link, then follow the prompts to the women's basketball broadcasts and the N.C. State game.