Xavier at Indiana women’s basketball

Kim Roberson had a chance to put IU ahead with 17.8 seconds left, but missed the first half of a 1-and-1, trailing 60-59, and Xavier got the rebound. Two Xavier free throws at 14. 1 stretched that lead to 62-59. Braun had a good look at a 3 with about two seconds left but missed.

Final Xavier 62, Indiana 59

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Both teams have gone cold with defensive pressure turned up late in the game. At a timeout with 3:17 left, the score is tied at 55, and IU will be shooting two free throws when play resumes. Jamie Braun, in particular, can’t get a shot to fall (2-of-9) and isn’t on the floor right now.

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With 8:30 left, this remains quite a battle. IU guard Whitney Lindsay has tied the game at 49 with a 3.

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With two straight 3-pointers, Xavier has pulled ahead 44-41 with 14:05 left. The Hoosiers need to reverse the momentum soon or this is going to be another of those missed opportunities that this program has experienced as Legette-Jack has built her program.

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Second half under way with Indiana scoirng the first two. Whitney Thomas just took a big shot to the nose from a Xavier elbow, but foul was called. “Are you kidding me?” Legette-Jack called out to the referees. Thomas in some pain, but she’s staying in. The Hoosier coach is definitely not pleased with the officiating this afternoon. Score: 35-33 IU with 17:01 in the game.

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After Indiana dominated early, the Musketeers played more like a ranked team late in the half. With 24 seconds left in the half, though, Xavier’s 6-5 star Ta’Shia Phillips, who has just four points, picked up her third foul. On the same play, Jamie Braun limped off with what looked like might be a sprained ankle.

Halftime: Indiana 26, Xavier 21

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IU has missed six straight shots as Xavier has pulled to within 26-21 with 3:43 remaining before halftime.

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Soccer update: IU trails 1-0 in the 2nd period against MSU in the Big Ten championship game.

At Assembly Hall, it’s Indiana 23, Xavier 14 with seven minutes left in the first half.

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This continues to be the Jori Davis show early, although Whitney Thomas is joining that show. Davis has 10 points and Thomas has five on a spectacular spin move and a 3, as the Hoosiers lead No. 22 Xavier 17-8 with 11:41 left in the half.

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At 7-5 Indiana four minutes into the game, Davis has all seven points. Jamie Braun, who didn’t play Friday, did not start today, but is about to enter the game after a time out.

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Indiana has jumped out to a 4-0 lead with all four points coming from Jori Davis on a 3-pointer and a free throw.

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This place is empty. Perhaps a few hundred fans. Probably the Colts game and maybe the IU soccer team playing for the conference title on the BTN has kept a few people away. This obviously means there’s a huge audience of people at home who couldn’t make the game, but will follow the game on this blog. Welcome.

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Both teams are on the court warming up as Indiana (1-0) prepares to play No. 22 Xavier in a second-round game of the Preseason Women’s NIT.

We’ll have updates and discussion as the game gets underway in about 15 minutes.