While the men's team was hogging the Big Ten Network and the attention Sunday, the Hoosiers welcomed a new member into their 1,000-point club in the women's basketball program. IU's full release from the Hoosiers' loss:
Sinclair Joined 1,000 Point Club as Indiana Fell to Michigan State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana fell to Michigan State on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall, 56-46. Despite IU coming up short, Aulani Sinclair joined a prestigious club. The senior forward hit a 3-pointer on IU’s first possession of the second half to become the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Senior Jasmine McGhee led the Hoosiers on the day with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Indiana (10-8, 1-4) led 6-5 early after a McGhee jumper, but the Spartans (16-2, 4-1) then went on a 13-0 run to take an 18-6 lead with 9:22 remaining in the half. The Hoosiers were held scoreless for over seven minutes before Sasha Chaplin connected on a field goal with 7:50 on the clock.
Freshman Nicole Bell gave IU a late first-half spark with five points, but the Hoosiers trailed 29-15 going into the break.
Indiana tried to rally in the second half, using an 8-1 run that was capped by a Linda Rubene layup to cut the deficit to 10 points, 36-26, with 13:38 to play.
The Spartans then pushed their lead up to 15 points before a Chaplin layup and a Sinclair 3-pointer made it a 43-33 contest. Both teams then traded buckets to keep the margin at 10 points in favor of MSU with just under nine minutes to go.
Indiana could not get the deficit below 10 points the remainder of the game as the Spartans held on to top the home team Hoosiers.
IU had a solid defensive effort, forcing 17 MSU turnovers and holding the Spartans to 34.4 percent shooting. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers had 25 turnovers of their own.
MSU won the rebounding battle, 41-35. Two Spartans scored in double-figures with Kiana Johnson leading the team with 15 points off the bench.
McGhee scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half and has scored in double-figures in six of the last seven games. Bell and Rubene each finished with eight points and the duo shot a combined 7-of-11 from the field.
The Hoosiers outscored Michigan State in the second half, 31-27, and shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the field in the final 20 minutes as a team.
The Hoosiers will welcome the Michigan Wolverines to Bloomington Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. ET.
• Indiana shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) in the second half as a team. IU has shot 50.0 percent or better in a half four times this season.
• IU tallied seven blocks in the game, marking the third time this year Indiana has had seven or more blocks in a game. The Hoosiers had a season high 10 blocks against Clemson on Nov. 28 and had seven rejections at Butler on Dec. 9.
• Senior Aulani Sinclair nailed a 3-pointer at the 19:32 mark of the second half to reach 1,000 career points. Sinclair finished with six points in the game and has now tallied 1,003 career points, which ranks her 23rd on IU’s all-time scoring list.
• Senior Jasmine McGhee led Indiana with 18 points and nine rebounds in the game, scoring 16 of her points in the second half. She also had three steals, which ties her season high.
• Senior Linda Rubene scored eight points, shooting 4-of-6 from the field with three rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist. Her two blocked shots ties a career mark.
• Freshman Nicole Bell tallied eight points, shooting 3-of-5 from the field and 1-of-1 from beyond the arc. She also grabbed one rebound.
• Junior Simone Deloach tied a career high with three blocks in the game. She also added four rebounds on the afternoon.