Indiana shuts down Northwestern, 66-38 #iuwbb

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.


  1. You know, maybe for the rest of the season you should switch coverage. Attend the road games for the ladies Hoosiers instead of the men’s games. May open some IU administrators eyes…Kind of a ‘passive-aggressive’ approach.

    Now, the Header picture for this article..Really? Tacky? Or I’m just too PC? The old saying that a picture should tell a story or illustrate a point….

  2. What an incredible game by our Hoosiers! As the article states, our defense was the best I have seen in all the years I have been following women’s basketball in Bloomington. Holding Northwestern to the lowest point total of a Big 10 opponent in 31 years speaks for itself! They shot 33% from the floor and turned the ball over 16 times which allowed us to score 16 points off those turnovers. They had no players in double figures! Amanda Cahill in the first half and Alexia Gassion in the second half did a tremendous job defensively on their leading scored (Nia Coffey) holding her to 3 for 13 from the floor and caused her to turn the ball over 5 times. In a turnaround from the first time we played them, Tyra Buss held Ashley Deary to 2 for 6 shooting from the floor. High points for the Hoosiers are as follows, we scored 19 points on 18 offensive rebounds as we outrebounded Northwestern 44-32. We only turned the ball over 10 times. We assisted on 18 of our 25 baskets. We shot only 38% from the floor but, that is quite a bit better than we have been doing lately. We shot 6 for 17 from 3 point land which is better than the 25% against Rutgers. Cahill had a nice game with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks. Jenn Anderson had 11 big rebounds and Gassion had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It should be mentioned although it doesn’t show in the stats; Darby Forseman and Ria Gulley played very well in their time on the floor. Forseman was incredibly active around the basket keeping balls alive when she didn’t get the rebound. Gulley had 5 points and 5 rebounds while playing well defensively.
    All in all, it was a great performance by our girls. This moves us temporarily into 4th place in the conference standings. The upcoming game on Thursday night will be huge for us against a very good Michigan team which is in 3rd place. Go Hoosiers!!

  3. DEFENSE Yes it was a great defenseive effort by our girls and yes we are in 4th. Yes we need to beat Mich on thurs. Something to watch tomorrow are Iowa and Mich St. If they both win they will be tied with us but they both face strong opponents. Maryland at State and Iowa at Ohio St. That could make the Mich game for us even more important. It was great to see Darby get 17 min and she played well. Jenn with 11reb way above her avg. To think we played that well on defense and still missed about 10 bunnies makes it even more so. The girls were primed and ready for this one return match. The last one at NW we really gave in to the emotion of their lost teammate. We made it really difficult for Deary to penetrate the paint and got plenty of help on Coffey. The girls really wanted this one bad and followed the game plan to a T.

  4. IU ladies looked like an interested and interesting ENERGIZED team today. They were focused and quicker to the ball and that includes not letting the fact mainly first half missing some shots. They were around the bucket from well designed plays. The play was executed but the shot did not go in. This did not affect them negatively. A good sign to start the game was when K.M. opens game with a steal and assist for two by T.B. Defense made the IU ladies look like a different team both, defensively and really contributed to positively taking pressure off offense so it was able to function in a fun and effective way.

  5. I was looking at and their updated today [2-12] bracketology has IU a 9 seed and 5 teams in Mary. OHio st , Mich. IU, Iowa. Charlie Creme should have his update monday or tues. A win against Mich on thurs RPI 28 could really establish IU’s resume.

  6. Trying to shut down Mich will be a major challenge how to go about it. The 3 major threats will be Thome , Flaherty, and Gondrezick. If we try to zone it might keep Thome at bay then Flaherty will eat us up. Most likely Lex will try to hold down Flaherty and Buss and Gulley will switch off on Gondrezick. At least the coaching staff has a few days to work out a good game plan. Go Hoosiers!

  7. Against NW basically Royster was benched only getting on the floor when all the starters were removed the last 4 and 1/2 min. If you only play well once a season you deserve not to play. Obviously they are also not seeing anything from her in practice. Possibly there is another cause in the private life we are unaware , but coaches as a rule dont have time for that as their concentration is to try make the team better. The sad thing is she has plenty of potential which must be driving the coaching staff crazy. The first couple of games after the Purdue game which she played well in Moren had admitted that she was not feeling well or maybe had tweaked something , but Im sure thats not the case now.

  8. Just saw Charlie Creme’s latest update bracketology 2-14 Has IU as a 10 seed , taking 6 from the conf. If IU can get the win on thurs against 20th ranked Mich. could change things a bit but should also solidify our position for the big dance.

  9. That is nice, incredible and outstanding game by the Hoosiers women’s basketball team. Attacking players of the Hoosiers attacked very nice from the starting and never looked back again. Other part of the game was Hoosiers defense. Hoosiers all team player done their job on the field very honestly.

  10. A stat not mentioned in the Mich. preview is the appearance of IU in this weeks USA coaches poll by getting a few votes.

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