Northwestern at IU women

FINAL: HOOSIERS 81, WILDCATS 57 

1:35, SECOND HALF: This game has been decided as both coaches are freely substituting now. A really nice job by Indiana to break open a close game midway through the second half. It’s that explosive streak that makes this IU team dangerous. Former North standout Lydia Serfling in for the final minute and a half. HOOSIERS 81, WILDCATS 57

3:58, SECOND HALF: Coming down the homestretch now, it’s too much Indiana and too much Whitney Thomas for Northwestern to handle. IU has also gotten nice contributions from freshmen Ashlee Mells and Lindsay Enterline. HOOSIERS 73, WILDCATS 52

7:44, SECOND HALF: And suddenly it’s the Whitney Thomas Show. Thomas dishes to Braun for a 3, pulls down a rebound and is fouled for two free throws, makes a steal and layup and is fouled on another defensive rebound. Tack on two more free throws and IU has its biggest lead. Thomas has 16 points and eight rebounds. HOOSIERS 62, WILDCATS 47

11:34, SECOND HALF: Northwestern has the Indiana offense completely out of rhythm right now and has crawled within six. HOOSIERS 49, WILDCATS 43

15:52, SECOND HALF: Northwestern scored the first five points of the second half, but Indiana answered with two Jori Davis free throws and Amber Jackson’s three-point play to push the lead back to double digits. HOOSIERS 45, WILDCATS 33

HALFTIME: HOOSIERS 38, WILDCATS 26

Whitney Thomas scores the final basket of the half for Indiana and the Hoosiers head to the locer room with a head full of steam, although Thomas is grimacing after she jammed her right thumb earlier in the half. She is now wearing a wrap on that thumb. Thomas is part of a very balanced IU attack with eight points. Kim Roberson leads with nine, Jori Davis has eight, Amber Jackson seven and Jamie Braun six. Indiana is shooting 50 percent from the field (16-of-32), but just 40 percent from the line (2-of-5).

2:44, FIRST HALF: IU is taking advantage of 13 Northwestern turnovers. NU coach Joe McKeown is not happy with his team, or the officials for that matter. He seems to badly want a technical. HOOSIERS 34, WILDCATS 23

8:30, FIRST HALF: Indiana getting comfortable on the offensive end, letting loose a barrage of 3s with two each from Jamie Braun and Kim Roberson. IU is getting the ball in the middle of the Northwestern zone and kicking out to the open shooters. HOOSIERS 24, WILDCATS 16

15:23, FIRST HALF: Indiana scores the first four points, but Northwestern is on a 7-0 run as the Hoosiers have already committed two turnovers to go with some ill-advised shots. WILDCATS 7, HOOSIERS 4

PREGAME

You still have about five minutes to get down to Assembly Hall for the Big Ten opener this afternoon. Indiana brings a six-game winning streak into today’s game against the Wildcats, and we’ll see what transpires. By the way, this game is being live streamed at www.bigtennetwork.com.

5 comments

  1. Come on do we really have to waste blog space for this type of stuff, im sure the 50 people who care where at the game fellows!

  2. J Pat! Good Call. The ladies were WAY more entertaining to watch than the men last year in many ways (hustle, moving without the ball, teamwork, class coach, etc.). I haven’t been this year yet, but I will. I hope they make the tournament. They represent themselves and the school well, and I wish them all success.

    Go Hoosiers!!!!

  3. Kev, I was so surprised to see the media not give them more props for this year. After watching them 5 or 6 times last year and losing only one player and all, I knew they would be good! Hope you can get to a game or 2.

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