March 1, 2007
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INDIANAPOLIS, (Ind.) - Indiana scored nine unanswered points in the opening minutes of the game and never looked back as the Hoosiers won the final game of Friday's first round action, 67-53, at the 2007 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament held in Indianapolis, Ind.
After taking a 34-21 at the half, the Hoosiers continued to maintain a comfy distance over the Hawkeyes, holding a double digit advantage for the entire second half. Indiana will now face No. 1 seed Ohio State in Friday's third quarterfinal game at 6 p.m. ET.
A little over six minutes passed in the first half before Jenee Graham put back a rebound to give Iowa its first points of the game. Moments later, Hoosier center Sarah McKay hit a three-pointer at the top of the key to punctuate an Indiana 18-6 lead.
Iowa answered with seven unanswered points to bring the Hawkeyes within five, then finally within three points with a little over six minutes remaining. However, Indiana's Kim Roberson scored seven points on three consecutive possessions in little over a minute to help give the Hoosiers a thirteen point advantage headed into halftime.
The Hoosiers stifled the top three Iowa scorers including All-Big Ten selection Megan Skouby, who finally put up her first points of the game in the final minutes of the first half. Coming into the tournament, Wendy Ausdemore lead the team in scoring, however was held scoreless on the day. Kristi Smith, averaging a team high 13.6 points a game, was limited to nine points.
Roberson played a total of 28 minutes but, ended the game with a team high 21 points while McKay followed with 19.