It wasn’t pretty but Indiana outlasted IUPUI Sunday afternoon 51-45 to improve to 11-0 on the season. Here is the report on the game from Indiana media relations.
INDIANAPOLIS – It was an offensive struggle in The Jungle at IUPUI on Sunday, but Indiana managed to top the Jaguars, 51-45. The Hoosiers improved 11-0 for the program’s best start since 1992-93.
IU (11-0) shot 34.1 percent for the game, but limited IUPUI (7-4) to shoot just 25.0 percent from the field. Indiana shot 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) at the free throw line, which was a major difference in the game. Neither team led by more than six points the entire day.
Neither team could get much rhythm offensively in the first 20 minutes. A Milika Taufa rebound and put back at the 10:16 mark gave IU an 18-13 edge, which tied the largest lead the Hoosiers would muster in the first half. Indiana then went the next 6:29 without a field goal as IU managed to put up just eight points the remainder of half to take a 26-23 lead into the locker room.
IUPUI forced Indiana into an uncharacteristic 13 first half turnovers and outrebounded the Hoosiers 15-5 on the offensive glass during the opening stanza.
The Jaguars came out firing to open the second half as Nevena Markovic hit a pair of 3-pointers to ignite a 11-2 IUPUI run to give the home team a 34-28 edge, which would be its biggest lead of the game.
Indiana continued to struggle on the offensive end, going the first 10:06 of the second half without a field goal. Freshman Lyndsay Leikem entered the game midway through the half and ended that drought with a layup while being fouled and nailed the free throw to tie the game at 34-34 with 9:53 to play.
As IU was grabbing momentum, IUPUI scored five quick points to pull ahead 39-34. Leikem again stepped up with a layup thanks to a nice dish from Taylor Agler to pull Indiana within three. Larryn Brooks later drove to the bucket for a field goal to make it a 39-38 Jaguar lead with 8:27 to play.
Bellamy then hit a jumper to give IUPUI back a three-point lead. Four-straight Hoosier free throws from Brooks and Chapin gave IU its first lead in over 13 minutes, 42-41.
IUPUI countered again with a Bellamy free throw and a Akilah Sims bucket to jump ahead 44-42 with 3:40 to go. The lead was short lived as Brooks nailed Indiana’s only trey of the game to put IU ahead by one with 3:14 left.
The Jaguars tied the game with a free throw, but the Hoosiers shut the door down the stretch with six consecutive free throws in the final 1:09 to seal the win.
Indiana’s 11 non-conference wins to begin the year ties for the most non-Big Ten wins in program history.
Brooks led all scorers with 15 points in the game. Chaplin added eight points for the Hoosiers.
Indiana will play at Cleveland State on Saturday, Dec. 21. That game will tip at 2 p.m. ET.