December 4, 2012

Stunner! Women's Basketball Topples Indiana, 58-54

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Belmont women's basketball team (4-5) grabbed an early lead and never looked back on the road at Indiana (6-3) on Tuesday night.  The Hoosiers inched within a single field-goal in the final three minutes of action but a pair at the charity stripe by senior Jordan Coleman (Orlando, Fla.) in the final 2.6 seconds was enough for the Bruins to hold on for the 58-54 victory.  It marked the first time in program history BU defeated Indiana.

Indiana took an early 5-0 lead but the Bruins came storming back and used a completed three-point play by freshman Frankie Joubran (Detroit, Mich.), a jumper by newcomer Jordan Coleman (Orlando, Fla.) and layup by senior Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn.) to knot the contest at seven with 14:45 on the clock.  The matchup would be tied three more times over the next four minutes before a triple by junior Molly Ernst (Louisville, Ky.) opened the door for BU to take control.

IU trimmed BU's lead to one, 20-19, but the Bruins were able to maintain control of the tempo.  Belmont blew its lead up to six after a pair of Ernst triples just before the buzzer to give BU a 30-25 advantage heading into the locker room.

Belmont continued working to open the second stanza with sophomore Katie Carroll (Lilburn, Ga.) delivering a three pointer from the left corner to put BU ahead 33-27 after a jumper by Sinclair.  The Hoosiers fell silent from the floor for a span of nearly four minutes and the Bruins pushed to a 36-30 lead by the 16:30 mark.  Suddenly, BU expanded its lead to double digits for the first time in the contest after a trifecta by junior Julianne Downs (Franklin, Tenn.) and a tip-in by Joubran put the team on top, 41-31.  The IU bench burned a timeout after racking up a careless frustration foul as the realization of the deficit set in.

The Hoosiers were able to close the gap to four, 48-44, by the eight and a half minute mark but Coleman drilled a highly contested jumper from the left block.  IU surged behind a 10-3 run and by the 8:16 mark had moved to within four, 48-44.  However, the Bruins did not panic, even as tensions soared on the floor and the IU fans made Assembly Hall deafening as the point differential continued to shrink.

A banked in three pointer by Nicole Bell briefly made it a two-point game, 54-52, with just under three minutes left in regulation but Coleman swished a jumper in the lane to maintain BU's lead.  The Hoosiers pushed again in the final 90 seconds to make it a one possession game but Belmont used excellent clock management as the clock neared zero.  Jasmine McGhee found the bottom of the net with 51 seconds left on the clock but it would be Belmont to score the final points of the night with a crucial pair at the stripe by Coleman with 2.6 ticks remaining.  IU attempted to ice her at the line, calling a timeout in between the shots but she was able to make both to ensure to the 58-54 win.

Indiana shot 33.3 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the three-point arc and 75 percent from the free-throw line.  The Hoosiers held the advantage in blocks, 6-0, and steals, 9-6.

IU was led in scoring by Aulani Sinclair, who scored a game-high 19 points.  Nicole Bell also reached double digits with 11 points.  Milika Taufa and Jasmine McGhee pulled down six rebounds each.

Belmont shot 39.7 percent from the hardwood, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe.  The Bruins held the advantage in rebounds, 37-36, and assists, 15-3.

Ernst led BU with 16 points, followed by Coleman with 15.  Coleman and sophomore Adrienne Tarrence (Bowling Green, Ky.) pulled down a game-high nine rebounds apiece.  Brooks finished with a game-high seven assists.

Belmont returns to action on December 13 after taking a break for final exams.  The Bruins host former Atlantic Sun foe Georgia State.  Tipoff is slated for Noon at the Curb Event Center.  The game can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network and heard live via the internet on the Bruins Sports Network.  Live stats and a Twitter feed (@BelmontWBB) will also be available.