Tyra Buss and Indiana thrived at the free throw line Tuesday in a 102-88 win over Florida at the Florida Sunshine Classic.
Buss set new IU and Big Ten single-game records with 19 made free throws on 20 attempts — all in the first half. The junior point guard finished with a game-high 35 points and six assists. As a team, IU (9-3) finished 30-of-32 from the charity stripe.
Junior forward Amanda Cahill finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Senior Alexis Gassion, with 15 points, also finished in double figures, along with seniors Jenn Anderson, 12 points, and Karlee McBride, 11.
IU will play Stony Brook tomorrow to cap its non-conference schedule. The Hoosiers will start Big Ten play at Penn State on Dec. 28. IU has now won five straight overall and two in a row on the road, after losing its first three road games.
The Hoosiers held a 14-7 lead with 5:39 left in the first quarter following 3s by freshman Ria Gulley and Cahill. IU hit 4-of-9 from distance in that quarter, and established a 34-17 first-quarter lead by capitalizing on the Gators’ errors.
Florida (7-4) turned the ball over seven times in the first 10 minutes, and IU held a 13-0 advantage on points off turnovers at that point. Buss was 8-of-8 in that quarter. Pair that with a made 3, and Buss was in double figures for the 49th consecutive game and tied a record set by Karna Abram between 1985-87.
By halftime, Florida had committed 16 fouls, hamstrung by two players with four fouls apiece, and Buss had set her free throw records, She had 25 points at halftime, and IU led 57-32. In contrast, the Gators hit 17-of-33 from the free throw line.
IU led for all but 1 minute and 17 seconds of Tuesday’s game. Along with their free throw successes, the Hoosiers also hit 10-of-25 from the 3-point line and dished out 22 assists to offset 13 turnovers. Florida turned it over 16 times to 12 assists.