Bonus bits from IU’s win over Clemson

3 comments by   |   Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 1:55 am EDT

When her layup fell through the net and tied Wednesday’s game against Clemson at 42-42 late in the second half, Indiana’s Quaneisha McCurty backed herself toward midcourt, soaked in the cheers at Assembly Hall and threw her fist into the air.

It was about as much outward emotion as you might typically see from the shy and stoic sophomore. But it was also a conduit to the inner drive of McCurty, who began the season as a starter only to see her minutes dwindle to an average of three per game over the four contests leading into Wednesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Assembly Hall.

It wasn’t her best game — she was especially weak offensively, shooting only 2 of 10 from the field. But she managed to stay high enough, confident enough to compartmentalize those misses on the other side of the floor and provide a much-needed defensive boost. She tied a career high with six blocks and managed to put herself in a good enough defensive position to alter shots and keep Clemson honest in the post.

“She came in and played really well for us tonight,” forward Aulani Sinclair said. “Her size really helped us out. She had a couple blocks which were really big for us.”

Overall, this one was ugly (as you may have seen). But there were a couple notes to take from the night:

— The win was IU’s first in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge since knocking off Miami in 2008.
— It was Indiana fifth consecutive game of holding an opponent to under 50 points. (Though, to be fair, Clemson had some really ugly possessions and shot only 24 percent for the night. Just so you know.)
— Indiana’s 6-1 start is the program’s best since going 6-1 to open the 2006-07 season.
— IU commit Jenn Anderson scored 23 points in Westfield’s win over Lebanon to become the Shamrocks’ all-time leading scorer.

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Mike C
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 11:13 AM EDT

This was the 4th game I have been to this year and although it is quite apparent that we do not even have average talent, coach Miller has this team hustling and playing as hard as they can. Their defense is quite good and they play extremly hard! Sinclair is a very good offesive player but has inconsistant support. This team needs to develope a couple of other offensive scorers. Coach Miller and his staff are going to get this program turned around in a big way, although maybe not for a year or two until better talent is on board. Just give them time. Watching them play, it is easy to see that a team that is low on talent can compete when they are intense as this team usually is. This is because of coach Miller. I see that Jenn Anderson is mentioned in the article as a Hoosier commit, the question is, when will she sign her letter of intent? Its time for people to come out and support this team, GO HOOSIERS!!

#2 Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 12:01 PM EDT

Mike C,
An update on Jenn Anderson. It is my understanding she will sign in the spring.

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:50 PM EDT

Jenn Anderson is a beast she will make the 2013 class a one to remember. Miller has done a great job with the girls who are more talented then he will let us believe.

The recruit to get excited about is Lyndsay Leikem. Leikem is a proven commodity who played on one of the elite club teams in the country against the best of the best. She had many BCS offers from every major conference and Miller pulled off a real steal.

Miller has gotten 2 solid 2014s although dont get wrapped up in the over hyped Buss who plays in a small environment.


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