Behind smothering second-half defense, the Hoosiers pulled away from instate rival Indiana State over the game's final 10 minutes to collect a 60-48 victory. The win was the second of the season for IU and the first at Assembly Hall for new head coach Curt Miller.
After taking a 33-30 lead into the locker room at halftime, Indiana retook the floor with renewed defensive vigor. The Hoosiers afforded the Sycamores just 18 points in the second period and just six in the first 11 minutes following intermission. That 11-minute stretch allowed IU to build an advantage Indiana State was unable to overcome.
ISU's Travecia Franklin trimmed IU's lead to 38-36 with 10:47 rmaining in the contest. The Hoosiers responded with a decisive 7-0 run, proving to be the critical stretch of the game.
Milika Taufa led the surge with a layup. A minute later, Linda Rubene drained a jumper. After point guard Nicole Bell splashed a shot from beyond the arc, Sycamores head coach Teri Moren was scrambling to call a timeout in hopes of stemming the rising Hoosier tide.
The tactic worked for a moment. Marina Laramie scored on a layup out of the timeout, dulling IU's edge to 45-38, but Indiana State would never draw closer.
IU was led in scoring by Aulani Sinclair with 22 points. She was joined in double figures by Jasmine McGhee who added 12.
Anna Munn was the only Sycamore to crack double digits with 16 points. However, she needed 18 field goal attempts and four free throws to reach her final tally. As a team, Indiana State managed to shoot just 29.5 percent from the field thanks in no small part to IU's stout defensive effort.
The win moved the Hoosiers to 2-1 on the season as they handed Indiana State its first loss of the 2012-13 campaign. IU returns to action at Texas A&M Corpus Christi Nov. 19.