Women's Basketball


    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    TUCSON, Ariz. - Indiana University women's basketball team lost to No. 19 Arizona Sunday afternoon 87-70 in the championship game of the Insight.com Bowl Basketball Classic held at the McKale Center.

    With the loss, the Hoosiers drop to 4-5 on the season while the Wildcats remain perfect at 8-0.

    Indiana was unable to overcome the depth and versatility of the veteran Wildcat squad as Arizona won its fourth tournament title in the last five years. Junior college transfer Rainey Alting and Jill Chapman were named to the all-tournament team.

    The Hoosiers stayed close to the Wildcats through the first 13 minutes of the game until the 7:35 mark when Arizona went on a 7-0 run over the next minute, extending its lead to 16 points at 37-21. The Wildcat lead grew by as many as 18 at 50-32 with 2:04 remaining but the Hoosiers managed to cut that to a 13 points deficit at the half, trailing 38-52.

    After the intermission, two quick baskets by Alting cut the Arizona lead to nine at 52-43 but that was as close as the Hoosiers would get as the Wildcats rolled on for their 13th-straight home court win.

    The Hoosiers were led in scoring by Rainey Alting who netted a career-high 23 points. Teammates Jill Chapman and Heather Cassady were also double figure scorers with 17 and 10 points, respectively. Off the bench, freshman Allison Skapin contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

    As a team, Indiana shot 38 percent from the field and 73 percent from the line while being out rebounded 45-35 by the Wildcats.

    "I told the team that their were a lot of positives that came out of this game," said Jim Izard. "We moved the ball better offensively and did a better job defending the post for the most part of the game. I also thought that for the second-straight, Allison Skapin came off the bench to contribute solid minutes.

    But give Arizona credit. They are a quality team and it will be difficult for people to defeat them on their home court."

    Indiana will be back in action next weekend, hosting the Hampton Inn/Fazoli's Classic, Dec.18 and 20. Indiana will play St. Bonaventure, Saturday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m., while Evansville will meet New Mexico State at 8 p.m. The consolation and championship game will take place Monday, Dec. 20 at 2 and 4 p.m.

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