IUWBB: No. 23 Indiana holds off Chattanooga, 79-76

No. 23 Indiana (3-0) pulled out a 79-76 win on the road at Chattanooga on Thursday, handing the Mocs their fourth home loss in five years.

Tyra Buss led all scorers with 23 points, hitting 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Alexis Gassion, with 15, and Amanda Cahill and Jenn Anderson, each with 12, also finished in double figures for the Hoosiers.

Chattanooga (1-2) trailed 75-70 with 3:05 left in the fourth quarter and made a run to cut it to 77-76 with 44 seconds remaining. But a jumper by Gassion with 22 seconds extended the lead back out to three, and the Mocs turned the ball over on their next possession. Four seconds remained when Chattanooga rebounded the second of two misses by Gassion at the free throw line, but a rushed 3 at the buzzer rimmed out.

IU just made more shots than the Mocs. The Hoosiers hit 51.7 percent from the field, including 8-of-17 from 3, while Chattanooga made 46.8 percent from the field and 8-of-20 from 3.

It was a close game throughout, with each team holding a lead in the first half. Chattanooga went up by as many as six in the first quarter. IU led by eight in the second quarter on a bucket by Anderson with 4:03 left.

Each team went on runs to make it close, however. It was tied 19-all at the end of the first, and Anderson’s second-quarter bucket was followed by an 8-2 run for the Mocs, including a baseline jumper by Jasmine Joyner with six seconds left in the half.

But Lakelyn Bouldin was called for a foul on Buss’ 3-point heave with .4 seconds left, and the junior point guard hit all three free throws to make it 37-32 at half.

Chattanooga tied it quickly in the third quarter, though. Twelve seconds in, Keiana Gilbert hit a jumper. Kym Royster then picked up her third foul a minute later and slammed the ball; the sophomore forward was called for a technical, and the Mocs made 3-of-4 free throws to tie it at 37-all.

But the Hoosiers played the frontrunners for most of the night. A trey by Buss and a Cahill layup built the lead back up to 45-39 with 6:36 remaining in the third quarter. Chattanooga made a run to retake the lead, 51-50, with 2:08 left, but IU had the lead, 57-56, by quarter’s end.

Gilbert led the Mocs with 19 points. Joyner finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. This is Chattanooga’s second home loss in a row after falling to No. 19 Florida on Monday.

4 comments

  1. This was a incredibly close game all the way through and IU’s experience may have been the determining factor at the end. The game was very well played by both teams with IU only having 6 turnovers while Chattanooga had only 10. IU shot 51% from the floor and 47% from the three point line. IU also had a season high 18 assists. Again, IU used their deep bench with 22 points scored. Tyra Buss was huge along with Alexis Gassion. Buss scored 23 points helped by hitting 4 of 7 3 point attempts. Buss also had 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Gassion played her second great game in a row with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Amanda Cahill scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds along with 2 blocks. Jen Anderson continued her strong play with 12 points, 3 rebounds and had 2 blocks. This was quite an accomplishment for our girls considering Chattanooga very rarely loses at home. All in all, a great win for our girls who now head to Western Kentucky for another tough game. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. This was an obvious close hard fought game. So much so that not many subs got in the game. It seemed as if IU was doing their best to give the game to the Mocs, but I guess once you consider that previously and before they lost to Florida that the Mocs had only lost 2 games at home in 5 yrs. So now the hoosiers have given them two losses in a row and that had not happened to them since the 2004-05 season so credit must be given to the hoosiers. On to Ky. Go Hoosiers

  3. 3 free throws by T.B. at end of first half turned out to be difference in game point wise.
    It was a quality road win with lots of room to grow. Growth and improvement will determine if this team can finish in top 2 in big ten and be at least a sweet 16 team in March Madness tournament.

    I have trouble getting longer posts also.

    1. Yes I keep thinking back to the issue at the end of the half . Had they not allowed the foul or had not Buss made all 3 could the game have ended differently. The 5 point lead compared to the 2 sure looked better at that point. Because of the tightness of the game Moren was not able to go as deep in her bench as she would have liked. Darby and Bri did not get on the floor. What about Mcbride has her demotion to the bench affected her ball handling and shooting confidence, she seems all out of kelter mentally. Hopefully she will come out of her slump- go hoosiers!!!!!!!

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