Final: Belmont wins it 58-54. IU shoots under 35 percent. Belmont climbs over 40. That’s the difference.
:02.6 Nice D by IU forces rushed jumper and Sinclair picks up rebound. She’s fouled, but IU not in bonus. Sinclair jumper blocked. Bruins rebound. Coleman at line.
:49: McGhee jumper makes it 56-54 Bruins.
1:33: IU makes two straight stops, but McGhee short on jumper. Last Bruins possession extended when rebound goes out of bounds off Taufa. Belmont ball, 56-52 lead.
4:36: Tight game emotions setting in. IU 2 turnovers, 2 missed layups by Rubene. Still 52-49.
6:20: IU a rain of 3s and 3-point plays. Deloach floor burn sets up trey by Bell and Hoosiers within 52-49.
12:35: 4 minutes without field goal and with just 1 point has allowed a suddenly redhot Belmont team to pull away, 43-31. Even Sinclair is not immune.
Halftime: Belmont trades two 3s for one and leads 30-25 at break, third time in row IU trails at break. It’s all Sinclair on the offensive end for IU, with 17 points. She’s 5-of-8. rest of team 2-of-17. IU has one assist. Rubene and Chaplin only other Hoosiers with a bucket as IU shoots 28 percent. IU’s 9-of-12 ft shooting keeping it close. Belmont also struggling at 37.5, lifting that number with Molly Earnst (13 points) going 4-of-4 in the last 5 minutes. Belmont winning boards, 23-16, but also has 9 turnovers.
3:41: Both teams struggling on offense right now with shooting, turnovers, fouls. IU refuses to post up. Belmont leads 20-19.
11:29: IU with 8 free throw attempts in first five minutes, but quit attacking bucket. Went to big lineup with Chaplin and McCurty, but fed post well just once, and very poorly another. IU 2-of-11 from field. Belmont leads, 13-10.
Usual starting 5 for IU, McGhee, Rubene, Newbauer, Taufa, Sinclair
Hi, Jim (not Jeremy who’s on the men’s soccer beat this week) back at Assembly Hall for tonight’s non-conference women’s basketball matchup with Belmont.
Important bounce back opportunity here for Hoosiers after flat performance against Cleveland State. Belmont comes in 3-5 with a 61-53 loss to an IUPUI team Indiana handled easily just a few games ago. Bruins also topped a Texas A&M Corpus Christi squad as well.
Local connection with the Bruins. One of their student managers is former Bloomington South golf and basketball standout Beth Anne Weiler. And yes, their proud parents are on hand to watch her ‘manage.’