Quick thoughts about the 87-85 extra-time win over Pennsylvania:
how did that happen: Indiana made a strong start Wednesday night against the Pennsylvania state team known for taking gambling defensively and hoisting many three-pointers. Early 12-7 Hoosiers led to shoot 4 by 6 from the field. Pennsylvania couldn’t stop the foul and Indiana seized the opportunity by hitting their first seven free throw attempts. After the first half, which saw Merion Jones score 14 points, it appeared that Indiana had expanded its interest to double the numbers with five points and advanced 29-20 at the 4:30 mark. But Pennsylvania responded with five straight points of its own. He sent a pair of Race Thompson’s free throws to finish the game to the Hoosiers into the locker room only 38-33 ahead.
Nittany Lions exploded from the locker room offensively with 20 points in the first 7:17 of the game. While the Hoosiers did not gain stops, they kept up the attack offensively. Indiana made 10 of its first 13 shots to start the second half and opened a nine-point lead at 63-54 on the Rob Phinisee 3. The lead grew to 12 on the Al Durham Jr. 3 with 9:56 to play, which capped 13-1. But Indiana’s defense didn’t really put the clips in Pennsylvania and Nittany Lions got a double-digit lead over Jamie Wheeler jumper with 8:24 to play. Pennsylvania would have four on two separate occasions before Indiana fired three consecutive shots extending the lead to nine at 75-66 with 4:45 to play. Pennsylvania, however, is not done. Nittany Lions had a run of 8-0 to tie the playable 2:49. With the goal still drying in Indiana for more than 3:30, Pennsylvania took their first lead over Sam Seesoms’ shell with 28 seconds to play. Indiana tied at 80 when Trayce Jackson-Davis split a pair of free throws seven seconds before play, and Phinisee stopped Sessoms’ shot at the bell to force extra time.
Indiana had a scoring drought by more than 3:30 in extra time before the Jackson-Davis play gave IU an 85-83 lead with 1:03 to play. Pennsylvania responded with a pair of free throws from Jones with 43.7 seconds to play in overtime. After the time-out, Vinici hit a powerful crossover down the lane with 14.3 seconds to play to give IU a two-point lead. The Sessoms lost the ball in a drive-through less than four seconds before play and Brockington missed a shot from baseline as IU narrowed off her first victory in the Big Ten.
Outstanding performance: Jackson-Davis led five Hookers in double figures, with 21 points in 37 minutes. He was 8 of 13 from the field and added six rebounds.
Statistic that stands out: Indiana prevailed despite giving away the worst season of 1.14 points per possession to Nittany Lions.
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