IUWBB: No. 24 Chattanooga at Indiana

FINAL: Indiana 54, Chattanooga 43.

4:56 (4Q): Kym Royster started the half with another four points, putting IU back on top, 39-37. Then Tyra Buss took over, hitting two straight layups, one with an and-1, to make it 45-37, IU.

END OF THIRD: Chattanooga 37, Indiana 35.

The Mocs able to get some scoring going in that quarter, retaking the lead. But Kym Royster with a nice bucket underneath before the end of the quarter, to close the gap to two points.

3:36 (3Q): Second half starts like the first. Hoosiers for a defensive stop, then Buss finds Alexis Gassion leaking up court. 24-18. But Chattanooga able to close IU’s lead to 27-25. Lead is now 31-29, IU.

END OF SECOND: Indiana 22, Chattanooga 18.

Tyra Buss may only have six points, but she has drawn four offensive fouls. On one series, Buss pushed the ball up the floor, found Karlee McBride for a 3 to make it 20-18. Then she drew a charge. Then she came down the floor and hit a bucket to make it 22-18, IU.

Amanda Cahill leads all scorers with seven points. Chattanooga’s Jasmine Joyner might have the most impressive statline: five points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Impressive defense for the Hoosiers, led by Buss. Chattanooga has hit 32 percent of its shots and has turned the ball over nine times. Points off turnovers: Indiana 13, Chattanooga 2.

4:28 (2): Jasmine Joyner continues to pose problems underneath the basket, rejecting Tyra Buss on one possession. But on the very next one, the Hoosiers go back at Joyner, this time Karlee McBride, finishing to make it 15-14, IU. Chattanooga answered, however, to make it 16-15, Mocs.

END OF FIRST: Chattanooga 11, Indiana 10

Tyra Buss had a nice drive to the basket, working through some contact, to make it 10-9, IU. But she came up limping afterward, holding her right thigh. She is coming back out for the second quarter, though.

3:45 (1) Some impressive D by Tyra Buss on opening set, forcing a shot late into possession. But Chattanooga was able to take a 4-2 lead, before Alexis Gassion hit a floater through the lane. The real issue for IU thus far, though, has been Jasmine Joyner, who hit a three on one end and then got her second block of the game, this time on Jenn Anderson, to give Chattanooga a 7-6 lead. Amanda Cahill was able to score before the timeout underneath, making it 7-6.

IU will go with what has become usual starting lineup: Gs Tyra Buss, Tyshee Towner, Fs Alexis Gassion, Amanda Cahill, Lyndsay Leikem.