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February 7, 2013

No. 8 Penn State routs Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Despite losing by 22 points to Penn State, the Indiana Hoosiers feel they’re getting better.

Aulani Sinclair scored 21 and Jasmine McGhee had 12 for the Hoosiers (10-13, 1-9), who have lost eight straight after Thursday night’s 76-54 defeat to No. 8 Penn State.

“We’re never satisfied with losing,” Sinclair said. “Every single one of these games that we’ve played, we’ve battled, we’ve gotten better from them in some way, shape or form.”

Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 20 points for the Lady Lions (19-3, 9-1 Big Ten), who have won 13 of their last 14 games.

The Lady Lions went on a 15-2 run in the second half to go up 18 points on two free throws by Lucas with 11:22 left to play. The Lady Lions took a 41-34 lead on baskets by Bentley and Taylor after the Hoosiers got within three at the start of the second half.

It wasn’t all that easy, though. It took a while for the Lady Lions to get rolling against the Hoosiers.

“There were so many whistles, both teams were in the bonus within like 12 minutes of each half,” Penn State Coquese Washington said. “It was really hard to get into a rhythm offensively for us.”

It wasn’t enough for the Hoosiers to hold them, though.

Sinclair and McGhee scored right away in the second half to get within three, 37-34, before the Lady Lions pulled away.

Chaplin scored for the Hoosiers to make it 41-36 and then Bentley hit a 3-pointer to spark the second half run for Penn State.

The Hoosiers missed a shot and then Bentley made two free throws, Lucas hit a free throw and two other baskets and Taylor scored in the run.

“There were too many turnovers that led to easy points,” Indiana coach Curt Miller said. “And then the rebound differential.”

The Lady Lions scored 25 points off Indiana’s 20 turnovers.

And the Lady Lions had their way with the Hoosiers on the glass, out rebounding Indiana 54-32 and grabbed 23 offensive rebounds.

With that, Washington feels is starting to get in a groove.

“I think that we’re starting to find our rhythm,” Washington said. “I think at this point we’re getting comfortable with our roles and getting familiar with their teammates and how they’re going to play and what they can expect from each other. I think that brings a little bit of confidence.”

Penn State went on a 8-0 run late in the second half to seal the game.

“There’s a lot of individuals that are going to play beyond college and there’s a lot of WNBA players on that roster,” Indiana coach Curt Miller said. “But with that said, I thought we competed and I’m very proud of our team.”

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