Jackson-Davis, Indiana starts fast, defeats N. Kentucky 79-61

Trayce Jackson-Davis took her first three shots, scored 21 points with three dunks and zero turnovers as Indiana claimed a 79-61 victory over northern Kentucky on Wednesday night.

Jackson-Davis, the Big Ten’s returning top scorer, had 9 of 11 shots with six rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots. Race Thompson scored 14 points, shooting 7 of 9, for Indiana (10-2), who is 9-0 at home.

Sophomore Anthony Leal scored two points with four rebounds and five assists in his first start for the Hoosiers. Eleven of the 12 players scored as the bench collected 31 points. Leal was the first Bloomington native to start for Indiana since March 28, 2013.

Indiana opened an 8-2 lead in just over three minutes, and an eight-minute 16-0 streak soon after gave the Hoosiers solid control, 24-5. The Norse (4-7) scored 14 points in the first half, tying the lowest number allowed by Indiana this season.

Worse, northern Kentucky’s second-leading scorer Trevon Faulkner headed for the bench with two fouls in the first 3:22. Faulkner caught fire in the second half for all of his 22 points with four 3 points.

Northern Kentucky, after shooting 16% in the first half, topped Indiana 47-41 in the second, shooting 59%.

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