INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — This wasn't at all how Indiana Miss. Basketball Stephanie Mavunga expected the All-Star experience to be. It certainly not what she wanted.
Mavunga sprained her left knee within the first three minutes in the first game of the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star girls basketball game on Friday and was unable to play in Saturday's game, ending a dream she's had for years.
"It's really frustrating," she said before Saturday's game. "You dream about this as a kid. But I know my teammates are going to get out here and execute and God willing, we'll get the win."
That's exactly what happened.
Indiana's Bridget Perry had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead Indiana to a 100-86 victory over Kentucky to wrap up the two-game series.
Taya Reimer had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Ariana Simmons added 14 points for Indiana, which split the All-Star series with Kentucky for the second time in three years.
Indiana bounced back after losing 84-78 on Friday. Last year, Kentucky swept Indiana.
"We had a new focus today, we talked about it this morning," Reimer said. "We were really motivated and focused tonight. Last night, they were on it, they hit a bunch of shots. They punched us in the mouth last night and we had to come back at them tonight."
Mavunga, who will play for North Carolina this fall, sat on the bench in street clothes with a large brace that took up the most of her leg. She said she heads to North Carolina on Tuesday. There's no timetable on her recovery, but says she'll be ready to go by the start of the season.
Reimer, who will play at Notre Dame, sparked a 13-2 run early in the second half with a jumper to give Indiana a 40-34 lead. Bridget scored two free throws and then a lay-up with 18:15 left to play to give Indiana a 46-36 lead.
Indiana never looked back.
"Once we got in at halftime, we talked about the first three or four minutes of the second half," Indiana coach Mark Hurt said. "I thought the girls did a nice job of responding at the start of the second half."
Later, Reimer was fouled on a shot and hit the extra free throw to give Indiana a 49-36 advantage.
Kentucky Miss. Basketball Makayla Epps had 23 points and Larryn Brooks had 19 for Kentucky.
"Were a little fatigued," Kentucky coach Chris Souder said. "Going against a big team like Indiana, you're going to take your bruises and having to come back and play them a second night was pretty tough."
Epps had 12 points by halftime, including a 3-pointer midway through the first half to give Kentucky a 19-13 lead. Indiana eventually took the lead in the first half and led by as much as six points. Epps hit a 3-pointer with 2:47 left in the first half to get within a point, 31-30 and then Michaela Hunter scored a lay-up to give Kentucky the lead again.
It didn't last night. Indiana closed out the first half on a 7-0 run to lead 38-32 at halftime.