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Hoosiers Fight Hard but Fall Short to Purdue, 66-62, In Big Ten Tournament

March 3, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana and Purdue renewed its rivalry with a hard fought battle in Conseco Field on Thursday afternoon.

Jori Davis

Photo by Mike Dickbernd

Jori Davis

In a game where neither team led by more than eight points with eight ties and 16 lead changes, the Boilermakers jumped ahead down the stretch to earn the 66-62 victory. Senior Jori Davis finished her IU career leading the team in scoring with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Whitney Lindsay scored 12 points in her final game as a Hoosier and Aulani Sinclair rounded out double-figure scorers with 10 points.

Purdue started the scoring with a Drey Mingo layup and IU quickly fired back scoring five-consecutive points with an Andrea McGuirt 3-point field goal and Lindsay drive to the lane for a layup and an Indiana lead, 5-2.

The Boilermakers regained the lead at 12-10 with another Mingo field goal with 11:16 remaining in the first half. Davis responded scoring seven-straight Hoosier points and Simone Deloach capped off a 9-2 IU spurt to give the Hoosiers their biggest lead of the half, 19-14, with 7:33 on the clock.

Indiana's lead evaporated quickly as Purdue put together a 13-2 run over a 3:34 span to take a 27-21 advantage. Sinclair silenced that Boilermaker push with a 3-point field goal to cut the deficit to three. The Boilers then scored five straight points before Georgie Jones made a layup for the final points of the half as Purdue led going into the locker room, 32-26.

The two teams played even to start the second half with Purdue having a 36-30 advantage. Davis hit on a pair of free throws and Hope Elam followed with a 3-pointer. Jones polished off the 7-0 run to give IU its first lead of the half, 37-36, with 15:56 remaining.

Mingo grabbed the lead right back for Purdue with a make from beyond the arc, but just as quickly Davis nailed a jumper with a defender in her face to tie the game at 39-39. On Indiana's next offensive possession, Davis put the Hoosiers back on top with a layup with 14:47 on the clock. Jones hit a free throw before Davis scored on another field goal. Then Davis found Sinclair for a fast break lay in to give IU a 46-39 advantage and capping a 16-3 Indiana run.

The Hoosiers extended its advantage to 50-42 with a pair of McGuirt free throws with 10:06 left. Purdue then scored seven-straight points to pull within one, 50-49, with just over nine minutes left in the game.

As she had done the entire game, Davis stopped the Purdue momentum momentarily with a jumper before Alex Guyton cut the deficit right back to one for the Boilermakers with a field goal. Rayburn gave Purdue its first lead in over eight minutes with pair of free throws and the score, 53-52.

Sinclair continued the seesaw battle hitting a pair from the charity stripe to reclaim the lead for Indiana. Lindsay followed with a 3-point field goal to extend the IU advantage to four, 57-53, with 6:21 on the clock. Purdue's Rayburn then earned a tough three points with a long distance field goal with a Hoosier hand in her face to make it a one-point contest once again. Sinclair countered with a 3-pointer of her own and the Hoosiers owning a 60-56 lead.

The Boilermakers then found Mingo and Chantel Poston for back-to-back layups to knot the game at 60-60 at the 3:17 mark. Both teams went over two minutes without a score as the clock continued to wind. It was Purdue's Mingo who hit a layup in the paint with 1:12 remaining to give the Boilers a 62-60 advantage.

Indiana went empty on its next possession then Lindsay forced a Purdue turnover to get Indiana the ball back but could not connect on her shot attempt off the steal. IU had no choice but to foul and Rayburn hit two free throws to extend the lead to four with 20 seconds on the clock.

Davis was fouled on the next Hoosier possession and connected on her two attempts from the charity stripe, but that would be the final points of Davis' career as Rayburn put the final touches on the Boilermaker victory with two more free throws to earn the 66-62 win.

"What a great game," IU Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "It's an in-state rival. I think we left it out there, both teams. I think the Hoosier Nation should be proud of both programs."

Indiana won the rebounding battle, 40-30, grabbing 15 of those on the offensive end to give IU a 16-9 advantage in second chance points. The Hoosiers shot 37.3 percent as a team as Purdue went 44.2 percent from the field. Rayburn led Purdue with 23 points as Mingo scored 21 for the Boilermakers

The Hoosiers' season comes to an end, but Legette-Jack is proud of her seniors and what is to come at Indiana.

"I'm excited about the future of my seniors," Legette-Jack said. "But I'm really excited about the young folks that are coming to our future here at Indiana. Because of Jori (Davis), Whitney (Lindsay), Andrea (McGuirt), and Hope (Elam), a lot of people are really excited about Indiana athletics and Indiana women's basketball."

Game Notes

  • Jori Davis tallied 21 points with five rebounds, four assists and a steal in her Indiana finale. Davis shot 7-of-13 from the field and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. The senior scored in double-figures in 28 of 29 games this year, including the last 19 games consecutively.
  • Senior Whitney Lindsay scored 12 points in her final game with Indiana. Lindsay also brought down a season-high six rebounds with three assists and three steals. Lindsay tallied double-digit points in 15 games this season including five of the last six contests.
  • Davis ends her career with 1,586 points which ranks her eighth all-time on Indiana's career scoring list.
  • Davis ends the 2010-11 season with 565 points during her senior campaign. That total puts her sixth on IU's all-time single season scoring list. She is just one of three players in the history of Indiana women's basketball to eclipse 500 or more points in two seasons during a career. She tallied 501 points during her junior season in 2009-10.
  • Junior Georgie Jones grabbed nine rebounds to lead Indiana. It is the most boards she has had since she brought down nine against Purdue on Jan. 9. Jones has grabbed nine or more rebounds in three games this season and tallied season-high total at Ohio State on Jan. 5 with 14.
  • Indiana's bench outscored Purdue's non-starters, 17-2.
  • The Hoosiers outscored the Boilermakers in second chance points, 16-9.
  • Both Indiana and Purdue's biggest leads were eight points as there were eight ties and 16 lead changes.