Indiana locked down on the defensive end and beat Penn State, 72-66, on Monday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
IU allowed PSU to score only two points through the first 6 minutes and 20 seconds of the final period, with defensive stops leading to scores on the other end. That helped the Hoosiers build an 11-point lead after trailing 45-44 heading into the fourth.
Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers with 21 points. Alexis Gassion had a well-rounded stat line of 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Amanda Cahill produced 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jenn Anderson also had 11 points.
IU shot only 2-of-15 from 3-point range, but their defense efforts limited PSU to 36.5 percent shooting from the field.
There were a couple of scares, however. One involved Anderson, who went down hard with what looked like a right leg injury. She did walk off under her own power after writhing in pain for an extended period of time.
Then Teniya Page made things interesting by hitting a 3 with 51.7 second left to bring PSU within four, 63-59. But the Hoosiers made stops and hit 9-of-10 from the line to hold on. IU hit 28-of-32 from the free throw line on the night.