Raleigh, N.C. -- The Indiana women's basketball team lost a heartbreaker to North Carolina State, 93-91 Sunday afternoon. In a game featuring 10 ties and 10 lead changes, the Hoosiers three-game winning streak and four-game non-conference road-winning streak were snapped by the Wolfpack. IU is now 5-3 on the season, while N.C. State moves to 4-3.
"We played really well," said Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett. "I was a little disappointed with how we played the first five minutes in the second half. We could have been better defensively, but we played very well offensively."
Leading the way for the Hoosiers was Jenny DeMuth. The junior poured in 25 points to go along with eight rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Cyndi Valentin connected on a career-high four three-point shots en route to scoring 20 points, while Leah Enterline set an IU freshman record with eight assists in addition to her 13 points.
Despite all the offense, the Hoosiers could not handle N.C. State post players Keisha Brown, Marquetta Dickens and Kaayla Chones. Chones posted 21 points with Dickens and Brown adding 16 and 15 points, respectively.
"Their inside players really took us to task," said Bennett. "Kendra Bell broke us down with her penetration and Keisha Brown and Marquetta Dickens were tough."
The Wolfpack's inside presence allowed Bell to penetrate and net the game-winning lay-up with 20 seconds left, negating a furious Hoosier rally. DeMuth had a chance to tie the game, but her shot with three seconds left was blocked by Dickens.
Trailing by as many as 11 in the second half, IU stormed back. Freshman Annika Boyd drilled the second of her career-high three three-pointers to cut the deficit to single-figures.
N.C. State maintained a five-point advantage at 70-65 when Indiana used a 7-0 run to take its first lead since 22-21. Boyd gave the Hoosiers a 72-70 lead with her final three-pointer of the game.
IU extended its lead to 81-76 and held on to an three-point margin at 87-84 before North Carolina State scored nine of the game's final 13 points.
N.C. State led 44-39 at the half after the two teams played the first 11 minutes to a 22-22 tie.
Boyd finished the game with 13 points and sophomore Angie Hawkins finished with nine points and five rebounds.
Indiana returns to Assembly Hall for its next two games against Arkansas and Western Illinois. The Hoosiers host the Razorbacks on Sat., Dec. 20, at 7:00 p.m. and welcome Western on Mon., Dec. 22, at 7:00 p.m.