Indiana beat Valparaiso on Sunday, 87-58.
Alexis Gassion led the Hoosiers with 19 points. Amanda Cahill, with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Tyra Buss, with 12 points, and Tia Elbert, with 10, also finished in double figures.
Indiana feasted on Valparaiso’s zone defense with mid-range jumpers in the first half, specifically ones just outside the paint, near the baseline. Alexis Gassion thrived in that area the most, producing 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting through two quarters.
IU went on two separate 7-0 runs in the first quarter to establish an 18-6 advantage, and came out of the first quarter up 22-9. The Hoosiers pushed the lead to 42-22 by halftime. One big difference was turnovers. IU had 12 assists to three turnovers, while Valparaiso turned it over 13 times. The Hoosiers outscored Valparaiso 17-0 on turnovers in the first half.
IU led 78-48 after three quarters. That advantage was 25-2 through three quarters, but when the bench came in during the fourth quarter, that advantage ended up being 25-20.