No. 13/13 West Virginia (10-2) didn't shoot the ball well in the first half, only connecting on nine-of-30 shots which included just one made basket in its first 11 attempts. The Mountaineers finished shooting just 40.6% (26-64) for the contest.
Trailing 35-23 at halftime, WVU ran off nine straight points to close within 35-32 after a Meg Bulger 3-point basket with 15:47 left in the game. That was the closest West Virginia would get as the Hoosiers built its lead back to 10 just two minutes later. In the second half, the Hoosiers (7-5) connected on all 22 of its free throw attempts and made nine 3-pointers on the game.
Four Mountaineers reached double figures in scoring: senior guard Bulger and senior forward Chakhia Cole each scored a game best 19 points. Cole played all 40 minutes and connected on nine field goals while Bulger hit for eight field goals, three of which were 3-pointers. Senior center Olayinka Sanni scored 14 points and senior LaQuita Owens notched 11 points. Indiana was paced by point guard Jamie Braun who tallied a team-best 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds and Kim Roberson's additional 17 points. Two other Hoosiers notched double-figures in scoring: Amber Jackson with 16 and Nikki Smith with 15.
West Virginia breaks for the holiday season and returns to action, Saturday, Jan. 5, at USF for its BIG EAST opener with the Bulls in Tampa, Fla.