The Indiana women’s basketball team saw its nine-game win streak go by the board Thursday night in a 70-62 loss at Minnesota. The pull of Williams Arena was too much for the Hoosiers to overcome as they still have not won there since 2001.
IU trailed by five at the half, but were within 59-58 late in the second half. A drought lasting nearly five minutes largely did in the Hoosiers, who still battled back within 65-62 in the final minute. With the shot clock winding down, Jamie Braun stuffed the Gophers’ Brittany McCoy, but was whistled for the foul. Braun disagreed with the call, and coach Felisha Legette-Jack disagreed even more, earning a technical foul with 30 seconds left. Three free throws later, the game was effectively over.
For more on the game, visit HoosiersHQ.com later tonight.
Venerable Williams Arena, home to Minnesota basketball, has been the site of many a bad memory for Indiana basketball teams and fans. A win by the IU men last season not withstanding, The Barn, as it is known, is probably not high on the list of warm fuzzy places to visit for Hoosiers.
It’s no different for the Indiana women’s basketball team, which will put a nine-game win streak on the line in Minneapolis tonight. At Tuesday’s practice, coach Felisha Legette-Jack was chastising her scout team for not playing aggressive enough defense, telling her team, “It’s not going to be that easy. Doesn’t anybody remember the last two years when they kicked out butts?”
Two years is all Legette-Jack remembers, but the Hoosiers’ have found The Barn uninviting for the last seven years. IU has not won in Minneapolis since a 79-76 win on Jan. 4, 2001, behind Jill Chapman and Heather Cassady. So while a win tonight doesn’t a season make, it may provide a barometer of just high this team is capable of going this year.
That’s Bloomington South shooter Spencer Turner. The sophomores is averaging 13.9 points a game for the No. 1 team in the state, and is 27-of-51 (52.9 percent) from 3-point range.
He’s also a potential target of Indiana. He went on an unofficial visit this fall, but did not notice Tom Crean and Tim Buckley in the audience at Tuesday’s Center Grove game.
After the game, I asked them if he saw them. This was his response.
â€œReally? Thatâ€™s awesome. Thatâ€™s great to have them watching. I appreciate all their interest in all of us. Itâ€™s awesome that Jordy (Hulls) is going to IU. I love Jordy â€” weâ€™re best friends. Itâ€™s awesome that heâ€™s going there. And, thatâ€™s awesome that theyâ€™re coming here to watch us. Thatâ€™s just the greatest feeling, to know that Division I colleges are coming to watch you play and interested in you. Itâ€™s just a great feeling. I thank them for coming to watch, and I hope they continue to like us.â€
So, yes, it’s awesome. That’s one of Turner’s favorite words – he’s also described Crean as being an awesome guy.
Turner is also perhaps the most earnest kid I have ever met. He’s legitimately excited about the recruiting process, but also does not seem to consumed by it.
Does he end up at IU? It certainly seems possible, especially with his relationship with Hulls. But Turner (who does not have any offers, but is being recruited by most of the Big Ten and some of the ACC) has been very clear that he wants to have a great relationship with a coach, and is is no rush to make a decision.
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In a truly bizarre game, the Hoosiers lost a lead of 20 points for the second time this season and fell to Michigan 72-66 in overtime.
The story of the game, according to Indiana coach Tom Crean, was that Indiana did not defend well in the second half.
The Wolverines hit just 25 percent of their shots in the first half, and trialed 39-22 at half. They shot 51.9 percent in the second half and 50 percent in overtime.
But there were other causes for the loss, ones that are familiar to Indiana fans: the Hoosiers hit just 7-of-13 free throws and a bad late-game decision turned the momentum. With under 40 seconds left and the Hoosiers clinging to a 59-56 lead, Devan Dumes tried to force his way to the basket and had the ball stolen.
Laval Lucas-Perry hit a 3-pointer a few seconds later to send the game to overtime.
Dumes said after the game that if he had a chance to do it over again, he’d do it differently.
Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that Lawrence North sophomores Ryan Taylor andÂ Michael Chandler have both verbally committed to play for Louisville.
Both were targets of Tom Crean and his staff.
I talked to Tayler over the summer, at an AAU tournament in Louisville, and he said that Crean and his staff had been to a Lawrence North open run. He was told by his coach, he said, that IU was interested in him.
Taylor is a really athletic player who seemed to rely on his natural skills to make plays.
Both come off the bench for Lawrence North.