Karisma Penn had 21 points, 7 rebunds and 5 assists against the Hoosiers.
Feb. 10, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sophomore Karisma Penn had another impressive game for the Fighting Illini, but it wasn't enough to keep Indiana from leaving Assembly Hall with a 59-52 win. It marks the eighth consecutive loss for Illinois and the end of a nine-game skid for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers led by 10 at halftime and never trailed in the second half, but Illinois (7-18, 2-10) certainly made a game out of it. The Orange and Blue used a 14-5 run to cut the Hoosier lead to 41-40 with 8:08 remaining, however, IU countered with a quick 7-0 run to push the lead back to eight with 6:37 to play.
Indiana (9-15, 3-9) later extended the lead to nine, 54-45, with 3:39 left but the Illini used a 7-1 run to get back within three in the final minute. However, IU's Whitney Lindsay hit 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 43 seconds to seal the win for the Hoosiers.
The Illini looked sluggish in the first half, going scoreless for nearly six minutes midway through the half while the Hoosiers pulled out to an 18-11 lead. Indiana extended the lead to 10 at the half, 33-23, behind hot shooting by Champaign native Hope Elam and 10 turnovers by the Illini.
For the game, Penn hit 7-of-13 from the field and finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals. Sophomore Adrienne GodBold was the only other Illini to reach double figures with 11 points, five rebounds and three steals. Junior Lana Rukavina added eight points, while redshirt freshman Amber Moore, who had a career-high 27 points in Illinois' 74-67 win at Indiana on Jan. 13, finished with just 5 points tonight.
Illinois shot 37 percent for the game and 27 percent behind the arc but was really hurt by poor free throw shooting. The Illini made just 8-of-16 from the charity stripe while Indiana made 14-of-20. The Hoosiers also outrebounded the Orange and Blue 40-34.
With the win, the Hoosiers avenged the seven-point Illini victory in Bloomington, Ind., on Jan. 13. Senior Jori Davis led IU with 24 points, while Elam and Lindsay each added 13.
The Illini will now head to West Lafayette on Sunday to face Purdue at 2 p.m. ET/1 CT. They'll then have a bye next week before returning home to Assembly Hall on Feb. 20 for the fifth annual WBCA Pink Zone game. Fans that wear pink to the game will get in free and there will be several other activities to raise funds and awareness for fighting breast cancer.