Indiana (12-4, 2-1 Big Ten) bounced back from Saturday’s home loss with a home win Wednesday in a 78-62 victory over Minnesota.
Alexis Gassion finished with a career-high 26 points in 37 minutes of play, taking control with Amanda Cahill absent for much of the first half with two early fouls. Cahill still finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes, and Tyra Buss finished with 13.
Minnesota (9-7, 0-3 B1G) appeared dysfunctional in the first half. Eleven of their 12 first-half turnovers came in the first 13 minutes of action, and the Hoosiers established a 25-10 leads following a step-back 3 by Gassion. In the first two quarters, IU had a 14-2 advantage on points off turnovers.
The Hoosiers’ advantage was 42-23 at half. And that was with Cahill on the bench for all but two minutes. IU’s lead was cut by five in the third quarter, down to 57-43. In the fourth quarter, Minnesota cut the lead to 66-55 with 5:27 remaining, but the Hoosiers responded.
Karlee McBride hit a 3 with 5:04 left, and Buss came up with a steal off the inbounds, feeding Cahill to boost the Hoosier lead back to 71-55.
Minnesota was plagued by turnovers, giving the ball up 22 times. The Gophers average 22.5 turnovers per game. Kenisha Bell – Tia Elbert’s former teammate at Marquette and in AAU basketball in Minnesota – led the Gophers with 23 points.