IUWBB: Hoosiers beat Purdue, 74-60

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.”

4 comments

  1. Great win for the girls tonight against the Boilers. After a very rough 1st quarter, IU got their offense going against the best defensive team in the conference statistically. Cahill was outstanding as usual with a tweaked ankle late in the 2nd quarter as she scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Buss had a terrific all around game with 18 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Kym Royster was huge off the bench with 14 points in the paint. Jenn Anderson had her 3rd straight double figure game.
    The team assisted on 18 of their 30 made field goals. We pulled away in the 4th quarter hitting 9 out of 12 field goal attempts.
    We had a pretty decent crowd tonight with a little over 3,100. The section under the South basket was filled with students which was nice to see. I am sure the only reason there were so many students there was because of a free pizza promotion for the first 200 students. Its a real shame that this is the only way we can get students to show up? Coach Rhet Wierzba mentioned on the post game show how fired up the team gets when they have a strong backing from the crowd. We can only hope this could continue?

  2. Great game!
    Really proud of Cahill, who played through an ankle injury that looked serious from the stands.
    The team’s confidence seemed to grow throughout the game, while the atmosphere was electric.
    National champion cheerleaders were the game’s cheerleaders, crowd was fired up, band was great, and every IU player had a good game.

  3. Great win for the hoosiers against a very good defensive minded rival team who normally holds teams in the 50s. But the big key in the hoosiers favor was the the sterling play of Kym Rooster and her 14 pts. She always seemed to be in the right spot at the right time and made her inside shots and some that werent so easy.. In the postgame even Mcbride remarked about the play of Royster. Wouldnt it be nice to get that from her every game. It wasnt so much about the points but how she played on the inside. This was a much needed win, would hate to be staring at 2-4 in the conf. Go Hoosiers!

  4. Royster was not in the Purdue game plan , how could she be as she hasnt played like that in quite a while. Hopefully there will be more of the same.

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