Indiana women’s basketball allowed its fewest points to a Big Ten opponent in 31 years, putting the clamps on Northwestern in a 66-38 victory at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Saturday.
The Hoosiers took a 26-17 lead at halftime and exploded to start the third quarter with a 15-4 run that pushed the advantage to 41-21 and never looked back.
Tyra Buss led IU (17-8, 7-5 Big Ten)with 19 points, 13 in the first half, while Alexis Gassion added 14 points and Amanda Cahill scored all 11 of her points in the second half to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
But the key was the Indiana defense, which limited Northwestern standout Nia Coffey to nine points and nine rebounds while forcing her into five turnovers. Overall, the Wildcats (17-7, 6-5) shot just 33.3 percent from the field (17-of-51) and 1-of-11 (.091) from 3.
The result was the fewest points allowed by the Hoosiers against a Big Ten foe since a 65-37 win at home over Wisconsin on Feb. 7, 1986.
With the win, Indiana moves into fourth place in the Big Ten standings with just four games remaining in the regular season. The Hoosiers next host Michigan Thursday night at 6 p.m.