Cleveland St. vs. IU women’s basketball

FINAL: Unlike Bill Lynch, IU’s gonna hang on to this one despite some very shaky play in the final four minutes. But Davis rescued them, nailing 17 of 18 free throws. IU 66-56.
3:53 TO GO: IU had built a 10-point lead with five minutes to play, but has a rushed jumper and a turnover to show since. IU 55, CSU 47.
7:59 TO GO: CSU starting to wear down playing only six playerrs most of game. IU making it count at the free throw line with Davis 11-of-12. IU 48-41.
HALFTIME: Sluggish first half for both teams, with CSU taking the blame on both counts. Vikings defense is bugging IU’s guards, pushing the offense out beyond the arc. CSU guards are quick and so breaking down the Vikes’ man D has been tough. IU has also helped out by missing several layups before Alisha Goodwin finally finished inside with 52 seconds left. She was fouled and missed the FT, but it up IU up 24-22.
On offense, CSU has been able to break down IU’s 2-3 zone regularly, but has missed a lot of open looks. But give IU credit for also forcing several of CSUs 11 turnovers, a number IU matched.
IU finished the half strong when an offensive board by Andrea Newbauer led to a couple of free throws by Jori Davis with three seconds left. She made both to put the Hoosiers up 4 at the break.
Davis has struggled, getting three shots blocked while going 1-of-9, but she’s been a force on the boards with 6 rebounds as IU owns the glass, 26-21. Hope Elam, who took off her wrap at the first TV timeout, is just 3-of-12 shooting and 1-of-6 on 3s, but she has eight boards to go with a team high seven points.
IU is 8-of-33 from the field and CSU 8-of-27. The big difference is 4-of-14 3-point shooting for IU to 1-of-8 for CSU.
PREGAME: Hi, Jim Gordillo here at Assembly Hall, filling in for Jeremy Price who’s in Akron for men’s soccer playoffs, for today’s game. Stay tuned for regular updates as IU attempts to snap a three-game losing skid.
Getting the starts for IU are Hope Elam (with a taped up right wrist), Danilsa Andujar, Andrea McGuirt, Whitney Lindsay and Jori Davis.