Indiana broke a two-game losing streak with a win over Purdue on Thursday, 74-60.
Amanda Cahill scored a team-high 19 points and pulled in eight rebounds despite an ankle injury in the second quarter. The Hoosiers (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) regained some traction in the series with its in-state rival, as well. IU and Purdue have split the last six games. Before those six, Purdue had won eight in a row.
IU’s low-post scoring was complemented by sophomore Kym Royster, who provided 14 points. Junior point guard Tyra Buss scored 18 points and dished out eight assists. Despite 4-of-16 shooting in the first quarter, the Hoosiers finished 30-of-60 from the field, including 7-of-15 from 3-point range.
Following a 1-of-4 performance in the first quarter, including a couple airballs, Cahill joked that the ankle injury may have helped her shot. Purdue was able to keep pace, though, hitting 7-of-13 from the field in the third quarter. IU led, 50-46, heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, IU dug down defensively and held Purdue (12-8, 3-3 B1G) to 14 points. Cahill hit a 3 from the top of the key to put the Hoosiers up, 57-48, with 7:48 left. Jenn Anderson, who finished with 10 points, also scored three bucket in the opening four minutes as IU established a 61-51 advantage.
The Boilermakers reduced the Hoosiers’ lead to 64-59 following a 3 by Ashley Morrissette with 4:22 left, but Purdue scored only one more point in the game. McBride hit a 3 with 3:55 remaining to boost the Hoosiers’ lead to 67-59.
Cahill’s final 3, with 33 seconds remaining, was the perfect ending to a gutsy performance.
“I was a little bit less agile, I guess, but not too much,” Cahill said. “Once you are playing, you don’t think about it, you get a little adrenaline going. That helped.”