Cincinnati at IU women’s basketball

Jamie Braun’s steal on Cincinnati’s next possession clinched the win for IU along with a pair of Hope Elam free throws. HOOSIERS 64, BEARCATS 57

0:31.8: An unlikely hero for IU. Andrea McGuirt comes in and hits the go-ahead 3. After a defensive stop, Hope Elam hits a baseline jumper. HOOSIERS 62, BEARCATS 57

1:28: Cincinnati took a brief lead with 2:14 to go. A Chaplin free throw tied it, and IU has the ball now. HOOSIERS 57, BEARCATS 57

3:54: This has gone from a game IU had firmly in their grasp to: Can the Hoosiers hang on? HOOSIERS 54, BEARCATS 50

7:07: A rash of IU turnovers has helped Cincinnati tremendously. Bearcats got within four points a moment ago, but Hope Elam’s jumper restores the lead to six. We’ll see if IU can regroup down the stretch against a Cincinnati team gaining confidence. HOOSIERS 54, BEARCATS 48

10:00: Cincinnati cut the lead to 45-39, but a Jamie Braun 3 stemmed the tide, then Braun got a layup on a nice assist from Hope Elam to put IU back up by 11. HOOSIERS 50, BEARCATS 39

11:56: IU giving up too may offensive rebounds and making too many turnovers right now as Cincinnati tries to creep back into it. HOOSIERS 45, BEARCATS 34

15:13: Indiana started the half with a 5-2 run to go up 16, and we’ve settled into another lull since then. HOOSIERS 43, BEARCATS 29

A very good half of basketball for Indiana, who finishes matching its largest lead of the game. Hope Elam’s 3 put IU up 32-19. After Cincinnati got within 33-23, Jamie Braun’s 3 with 40 seconds left in the half restored the 13-point margin.

Elam leads IU with 9 points, and Jori Davis has 7 off the bench. IU does have 10 turnovers, but has forced 12 Cincinnati turnovers. Side note, the Bearcats do feature a trio of Indiana products in Elese Daniel of South Bend Clay, Kahla Roudebush of Hamilton Southeastern and Daress McClurg of Lawrence North. HOOSIERS 36, BEARCATS 23

3:49: Indiana pushed the lead up to 11, but Cincinnati has bounced back behind guard Shareese Ulis’ 10 points to cut it to eight, and the Bearcats have the ball. HOOSIERS 27, BEARCATS 19

6:28: A much more entertaining session this time around. After Cincinnati trimmed the margin to 13-11, Jori Davis entered with 10 minutes to go and it just so happens that IU went on a 10-2 run starting with a Davis layup. Sasha Bernard and Ashlee Mells also each hit a 3 in that spurt. HOOSIERS 23, BEARCATS 13

11:58: That was a good time to head to the fridge or wherever. Other than a few fouls, you didn’t miss much. Jamie Braun already has three steals for IU. HOOSIERS 11, BEARCATS 6

14:15: IU off to a fast start in this one, getting five points from Andrea McGuirt, who started in place of Jori Davis. HOOSIERS 11, BEARCATS 6

I’m at Assembly Hall where Indiana will take on a Big East opponent. This should be a step up in competition and should give us a better idea of where the Hoosiers stand early in the season. The Bearcats don’t have a player over 6-fot-1 on the roster, but they do have six players between 5-11 and 6-1. Stay tuned to see how it goes or follow me on Twitter.

One additional note as we get ready to start. Jori Davis is not in the lineup to start, though she is dressed with a wrap on the right knee. We’ll see if she can go.


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