Indiana juniors Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill had big nights Wednesday in a 74-60 win over Stony Brook in the Florida Sunshine Classic.
Cahill reached 1,000 career points in the contest, the third Hoosier to reach that marker this non-conference season. Along with Buss and senior Alexis Gassion, IU has three 1,000-point scorers on its roster for the first time in program history. Cahill finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds and six assists Wednesday, the 23rd double-double of her career.
Buss, the Hoosiers’ All-Big Ten point guard, scored 10 of her team-high 15 points in the first quarter and reached double figures scoring for the 50th consecutive game. That breaks the IU record of 49 previously set by Karna Abram in the mid-1980s.
As a team, IU shot 54 percent from the field. Gassion and fellow seniors Jenn Anderson and Karlee McBride each finished with 10 points.
Stony Brook (5-6) didn’t challenge IU’s offense, for the most part. The Hoosiers shot 61 percent from the field in the first half and led 41-27. On the other hand, the Seawolves 38 percent from the field and 1-of-11 from 3-point range through two quarters.
Moren risked leaving Buss on the floor with two fouls, and she picked up her third with 4:48 remaining in the second quarter. Stony Brook outscored the Hoosiers by only three points while Buss was on the bench.
The Seawolves did make a run, though, in the third quarter. IU led 54-36 with 2:46 left before Stony Brook went on an 8-0 run. Then Buss buried a 3 with a second left to rebuff the Seawolves’ surge. Jenn Anderson opened up the fourth with two buckets to rebuild the lead.
This is a positive showing for IU at the Florida Sunshine Classic. Last year, the Hoosiers lost to Miami and West Virginia, two NCAA tournament teams, at the two-day tournament. This year, IU went 2-0, following up Tuesday’s 102-88 win over Florida (8-4) with another victory.
IU now moves into BIg Ten play, opening up at Penn State on Dec. 28. Penn State finished 10-2 in its non-conference schedule with a 80-67 win over Iona on Tuesday. The Lady Lions were 6-12 in conference play in 2015-16, including 2-7 at home.