March 17, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
Riding the momentum from their biggest win of the season, No. 11 Indiana seemed almost unbeatable, but too many critical penalties cost the Hoosiers a 12-11 loss to No. 7 San Diego State at the Aztec Aquaplex, dealing IU their first loss in the month of March.
Bad shot selection and unlucky stops on offense set the Hoosiers back 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, but Indiana adjusted quickly, going on a 5-0 run in the second quarter.
Great passing and spot-on shooting proved that the Hoosiers were the much better team offensively, but crucial penalties kept the Aztecs in the game. SDSU was awarded seven 5-meter chances, and scored on six of them. This is more the double the amount of 5-meter attempts Indiana has given up all season.
Colleen McNuaght tied the game at 11 with 3:00 left in the game before Hawaii was awarded yet another 5-meter, closing the game 12-11.
McNaught had her biggest game of the year for Indiana scoring three goals on five shots and adding three assists and one steal. McNaught's ball placement has been spot on for the Hoosiers in their past four tournaments with multiple games of three-plus assists and very few turnovers.
Indiana must regroup quickly as they face UCSD tomorrow morning at 8:00 am PT.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Indiana 0 6 4 1 11
San Diego State 3 1 4 5 12
Indiana: McNaught (3), Kohli (3), Fournier (2), Creighton, Lappan, Taylor
San Diego State: Hermann (4), Long (2), Pezzolla (2), Whalen, Ford, Moreno
Indiana: Gaudreault 8
San Diego State: Mitchell 12