BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Saturdays game between Arkansas and Indiana featured two of the early-season stars of college basketball in Arkansas Shameka Christon and Indianas Jenny DeMuth. Both players came into the game averaging over 20 points per game.
In the end, it was Christons Razorbacks that came out with a hard-fought 78-70 win.
Christon finished with a game-high 28 points, while DeMuth led IU with 20. Christon did most of her damage in a key stretch of the game, scoring 19 points down the stretch, creating all the breathing room Arkansas would need.
DeMuth scored 20 points or more for the third consecutive game and the fifth time this year.
A pair of previously unheralded players in Indianas Sarah McKay and Arkansas Kristen Peoples had a significant impact on the game. Entering the game, neither player had scored more than eight points in a contest. McKay finished with 19, with Peoples countering with 13 of her own.
The Hoosiers saw their four-game home winning streak that dated back to last year snapped.
The first half was played at a furious pace, with 10 ties and 12 lead changes in the first 20 minutes. Sarah McKay provided quality minutes coming off the bench, scoring a career-high nine points in the first half alone. Both Valentin and DeMuth added eight points in the first half. Arkansas first-half production was well-spread, with eight different players scoring and Christon leading the way with eight points.
The Hoosiers played without Leah Enterline, who has been one of the most productive players of late. Enterline sustained an ankle injury in practice Friday. The injury is not believed to be serious. Enterline has averaged 14.3 points per game over the last three contests, scoring a career-high 17 points against Georgetown and dishing out a new Indiana freshman record eight assists against North Carolina State last time out.
Indiana returns to action at 7 p.m. Monday when it hosts Western Illinois at Assembly Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youths 18 years and younger. The game will be broadcast live on 105.1 WHCC radio Bloomington, with Jeremy Gray providing play-by-play. It will also be broadcast live on the internet at www.iuhoosiers.com. Click on the broadcasts link, then go to womens basketball and select the Western Illinois game.