Big Ten/ACC Challenge…Women’s Edition

NO. 21 FLORIDA STATE (6-1) holds off INDIANA (4-3), 85-78

So many fouls were called, 49 actually, that it became a sick joke towards the end, but FSU’s 39 trips to the free throw line resulted in 24 points, compared to just 10 for IU. Nashville native Mara Freshour led all scorers with 21 points in her first ever game at Assembly Hall outside of basketball camps. IU got 16 points from freshman Haylie Linn off the bench, including 5-of-5 on 3-pointers. Jamie Braun finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double and added six assists and three steals to the mix. The ACC won all four of the games in the Challenge on Friday, leaving the tally at 8-2 in favor of the bad guys. Only one game remains, with Duke visiting Penn State on Sunday.

An IU press release before the tip states that junior guard Kim Roberson has taken a leave of absence from the Hoosiers for personal reasons. No other details were given and no further comment will follow.

Freshman guard Jori Davis was inserted into the starting lineup. Davis makes her fifth start of the year.

Happy Birthday to Indiana coach Felisha Legette-Jack’s son, David Maceo, who is nine today.

Second Half:

Indiana 50, FSU 45: Whitney Thomas has made some impressive post moves in the opening minutes of the second half. She scored six points in the first four minutes of play. After a 3-pointer that barely moved the net, Mara Freshour leads all scorers with 13 points…15:56

Now the travel bug, which got FSU numerous times in the first half, has landed on the IU side, as Amber Jackson and Thomas are both whistled. Coach Jack does not agree, raising a fuss after the first and leaping out of her seat on the second.

Indiana 53, FSU 52: Haylie Linn entered this game 1-for-7 from the 3-point line, but tonight she’s firing at will and knocking them down. Linn is 4-for-4 from beyond the arc with 12 points. This one, though, is answered by Tanae Davis-Cain…13:15

FSU 56, Indiana 53: Timeout with 11:40 to play, and the ‘Noles have reclaimed the lead. They have hit 7 of 10 shots in the second half.

FSU 62, Indiana 59: Shante Williams gets a ridiculous layup to fall and draws a foul. Williams drove right, and flipped the ball up on her way to the ground. On the other end, it’s Haylie Linn again!!! with a 3-pointer. Linn now has 16 points…Timeout now with 9:15 to go.

FSU 66, Indiana 59: Two straight trips down the floor with the Hoosiers missing gimme layups, compounded by the fact that Florida State makes two, the last one a cakewalk for a wide-open Mara Freshour. IU is looking to Linn, but she’s a little less of a threat trying to make shots in the post. She did find Jori Davis for a layup with a great pass, but the shot was too strong and rolled out.

FSU 68, Indiana 65: With 6:44 left on the clock, Amber Jackson completes a three-point play and Jamie Braun off a steal feeds Whitney Lindsay for a layup.

FSU 69, Indiana 65: Indiana just picked up two very quick fouls, including the fifth on Whitney Thomas. Thomas is done for the evening, and Jacinta Monroe hit 1-of-2 FTs…6:00 left

FSU 75, Indiana 69: The whistles keep on blowing, as 40 fouls have been called in this game, with 3:30 still left to play. IU is still in it, as Lindsay gets a layup on a midcourt steal that saw Freshour run blindsided into Braun but no call this time.

FSU 77, Indiana 72: After a travel is called both ways, drawing exasperated smiles and wry comments from both benches, Jamie Braun knocks down a 3!!! Indiana will not go away.

FSU 79, Indiana 75: There’s 45.9 seconds left, and after some frenzied excitement in which IU drew within two, Shante Williams gets a chance at a three-point play. She misses but FSU gets the rebound.

FSU 80, Indiana 78: Jori Davis makes a 3!!! with 29.6 seconds to go, and FSU coach Sue Semrau is quick to call a timeout…Davis waited in the corner and Braun found her. IU immediately fouls Freshour on the inbounds pass…

FSU 83, Indiana 78: Freshour made both, a Nikki Smith 3 try was partially blocked, and Tanae Davis-Cain makes 1-of-2…IU gets a couple desperation tries by Braun, and Davis tries to get Smith the ball but the pass is stolen…

FINAL: FSU 85, Indiana 78

First Half:

Indiana 9, FSU 5: At the first timeout, the Hoosiers have the early lead with Nikki Smith, Whitney Thomas, Amber Jackson, and Davis all scoring. Brown County’s own Mara Freshour has one point for the Seminoles.

FSU 14, Indiana 13: Freshour gave the ‘Noles their first lead of the game with a soft running jumper in the lane. With 11:58 to go in the first half, IU has shot the ball 14 times but has only made five of them. Smith has 5 points.

Indiana 21, FSU 21: IU freshman reserve Haylie Linn busted two straight 3-pointers from the left wing, but Freshour answered one with 9:45 to go.

Indiana 25, FSU 23: Hoosiers hanging tough despite missing starting forwards Jackson and Thomas, both on the bench with 2 fouls each for all but four minutes of this half. It’s frosh-mania with Linn, Davis, and Georgia Follmer getting some solid minutes in the first half…7:26

Indiana 37, FSU 28: It’s more of the fresh(men) faces for IU as Ebony Jackson knocks down a pair of 3-balls and Follmer hits a solid FT line jumper. Jackson’s high-arching shot leaves the crowd hanging in an abnormal length of suspense before cherring their approval. We’ve got 2:42 to go ’til half. Freshour leads Florida State with 6 points.

The Seminoles have been whistled for at least four travels on their end of the floor. They are showing some faint signs of frustration with these calls.

HALFTIME: Indiana 41, FSU 37: Florida State catches a break as freshman Antionette Howard drains a 3 at the buzzer. Time might have run out underneath the basket, but the ball went out of bounds off IU. Howard calmly caught the pass at the top of the key, stepped back over the line and pumped her fist when it went through the net.

STATS: Howard has 10 for FSU, Freshour 8, and for the Hoosiers it’s Jamie Braun with 10 points and 8 rebounds.


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