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Tuesday, June 18
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Lady Hoosiers net second win

Women rout Bulldogs, but coach, team looking for defensive improvement

Indianapolis -- Did they win? Yes, 97-72. Were they happy about it? \n"Not really," coach Kathi Bennett said. "I felt like we were really flat to start the game out, and I felt like our defense was not really good. And I think we can be a better defensive team. \n"We did some good things. I don't want to say we did anything good, but I feel like we can play a lot better. We're going to have to get a lot better."\nFor a team wanting to take on a defensive personality, allowing winless Butler (0-5) to put 70 on the scoreboard didn't get the job done, the team felt.\n"I think we could have had a better intensity level. We want to be known for our defense, and giving up 70 points is not going to make us tune up," junior forward Jamie Gathing said. "I think the major thing we're going to work on is transition defense. It's something that needs to be repetitive."\nThe first half went pretty much as planned for the Hoosiers. Senior Jill Chapman scored 17 points to move into seventh place on Indiana's all-time scoring list. IU hounded the Bulldogs defensively from the opening tip. Save a handful of 3-point baskets by BU, IU's defense was exceptional.\nAfter a three-pointer by Marcia Marchesano cut the Hoosier lead to 13-9, IU went on a game-breaking run and extended its lead to 29-13. Butler did manage to cut the lead to 10 points, at 31-21, before IU regrouped and went up 50-31. \nAt the half, the Hoosiers were eyeing triple-digits with a 52-36 lead at the break. IU did all that despite having senior guard Heather Cassady play a mere 11 minutes. Bennett benching Cassady, coupled with the loss of junior point guard Kristen Bodine, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, allowed for Jenny DeMuth to see more minutes. The freshman from Highland, Ind., had eight points and seven rebounds.\nIn the second half, the Hoosiers picked up where they left off. With just under five minutes to play, the lead had ballooned to 30 points, 91-61. Scrappy play by senior Tara Jones, Cassady, and sophomore Jamie Gathing was key for the Hoosiers in the second half.\nChapman finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead IU. Four other players also scored in double digits, including Jones with 15, DeMuth with 14 and Cassady with 11.\nAsked if she was pleased with the team's effort, Chapman echoed her coach's sentiment.\n"Not really. Them scoring 70 points on us is ridiculous," Chapman said. "We need to compete at our level not their level"

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