FINAL: HOOSIERS 63, BULLDOGS 41
Lindsay Enterline gets her first points as a Hoosier, while Haylie Linn and former North standout Lydia Serfling join the fray for the final minute of IU’s fifth straight victory.
3:37, SECOND HALF: Only the final score still in doubt here as Butler just has nothing in them to make a run, even when Indiana gets a little sloppy as they have several times tonight. HOOSIERS 61, BULLDOGS 36
9:48, SECOND HALF: Coach Jack has a young lineup of freshmen Ashlee Mells, Lindsay Enterline and Danilsa Andujar in the game with sophomore Andrea McGuirt and senior Whitney Thomas for a time. It didn’t really work out that well, but hopefully they learned something because Jack was giving plenty of advice heading to that timeout. Starters Jamie Braun and Kim Roberson are back now. HOOSIERS 52, BULLDOGS 33
15:19, SECOND HALF: Kim Roberson continues to shoot the ball well and Amber Jackson finally missed a shot. Felisha Legette-Jack is going deeper into her bench now with Lindsay Enterline and Danilsa Andujar into the game for the first time. HOOSIERS 48, BULLDOGS 25
Just a minute before the second half starts, but a quick update on Sasha Chaplin. The freshman is back on the court watching the Hoosiers warm up with a brace on her left knee. It doesn’t look like she will play anymore tonight, but I was told the doctors checked her out and she should be OK. No official diagnosis, but looks like just a sprain, which is good news. IU will need her size in Big Ten play, which starts Dec. 20 at Assembly Hall vs. Northwestern. HOOSIERS 39, BULLDOGS 20
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Feel to read on for a longer update. But here’s the abridged version.
- Verdell Jones, out since taking a heavy hit during the Cornell game, has been cleared to do non-contact work only and is still day-to-day.
- Crean and assistant Bennie Seltzer went recruiting on Sunday. They headed to Baltimore, where 2009 Hoosier-to-be Maurice Creek had a tough game. But they were also watching other players, who of course Crean can’t mention. Roshown McLeod, another assistant, went to New Jersey to see some kids play there.
- Another 2009 signee, Bawa Muniru is still growing and is now a legitimate 7-0. He’ll be a presence defensively and as a rebounder early in his career, Crean thinks, and will eventually develop a scoring touch.
- Despite his early excellence, Tom Pritchard still doesn’t quite play with the edge Crean would like to see.
- Crean will move practices to the morning next semester. He likes it that way, because it gives him the nights to go out recruiting without sacrificing his time with the team.
Just over a week ago, Randy Wittman was at Assembly Hall, watching his son, Ryan, play for Cornell against Indiana. The elder Wittman was lamentingÂ how his busy schedule as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves kept him from seeing more games.
Now he’ll have that free time. Wittman was fired Monday as coach of the Timberwolves after starting the NBA season 4-15.Â Wittman was just 38-105 since taking over as head coach in January of 2007.
I think this picture, the work of our superb photographer Chris Howell, really gives you an idea of Lucas Oil as it was arranged for today’s game.
Imagine this place in 2010 when it hosts the Final Four. The court will be situated in the middle of the field and even more temporary seating will be used to surround it. It’s hard to imagine the energy that will be in that building.
RED STORM 3, HOOSIERS 2
- The game never gets to penalty kicks, but it ends on one. Indiana is whistled in the box, and the Red Storm put away the PK for the sudden-death game-winner.
- A late corner by Indiana goes for naught, and overtime is on the way.
- Believe it or not, we are tied. St. John’s has just been peppering the box, and now we’re even with two minutes left in regulation.
- With 18 minutes remaining, Eric Alexander notches a goal that really counters the intense pressure St. John’s was mounting. Hoosiers now have a goal to play with.
- An injury break in the second half, and Indiana maintains the lead with 35:32 to play. Hoosiers just missed a couple of chances to extend the advantage moments ago.
- It’s halftime now, and the Hoosiers are 45 minutes away from returning to the College Cup.
- With under 10 minutes to play in the first half, Ofori Sarkodie gave Indiana a 1-0 lead over St. John’s in the NCAA quarterfinals. Sarkodie was on the receiving end of a beautiful give and go for his first goal of the season.
Tom Crean says there are no moral victories. He can’t run his program that way because it could lead to losing ways seaping into the fabric of what he’s trying to rebuild.
But for fans and observers, today was just that. Indiana stuck with Gonzaga and played tough the entire way. Sure the turnovers are disconcerting, and many of the players attribute them to “stupid mental mistakes,” but they are hardly unusual this time of year and are to be expected from a team this young.
We’ll have more coverage in a bit.