IUWBB: Hoosiers cap regular season with 74-60 win at Illinois

Indiana clinched consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history Saturday with a 74-60 win at Illinois.

Point guard Tyra Buss led the effort with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while junior classmate Amanda Cahill also notched a double-double with 13 points and 15 boards. The Hoosiers (20-9, 10-6 Big Ten) dominated the glass, 46-28, including 18 offensive rebounds.

With the win, IU still has a shot at the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which comes with a double bye. But the Hoosiers need Nebraska (6-21, 2-13) to knock off Michigan State (19-9, 9-6) on Sunday.

IU’s first quarter was reminiscent of last weekend’s disappointing loss at Nebraska. The Hoosiers fell behind 19-11 after 10 minutes, in part, because of poor shooting. IU missed its first eight 3-point attempts before Karlee McBride hit two early in the second quarter.

Illinois led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but those McBride 3s sparked a 13-0 run to bring the Hoosiers within striking distance. IU finished the first half shooting 10-of-29, but made six of its last nine from the field to carry a 35-33 lead into halftime.

In the first half, Buss scored 10 points, enough to pass IU legend Denise Jackson for the most points through a junior season. After Saturday’s game, Buss has 1,522 points.  Jackson had 1,505 as a junior.

IU then came out strong in the second half. McBride hit a 3 to cap a 7-0 run to put the Hoosiers up 42-33 with 6:07 left in the period. The Illini scored only eight points in the third quarter, and the Hoosiers took a 51-41 lead into the fourth. McBride finished with 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting from 3.

The pace of play took an uptick in the final period, but the Hoosiers still outpaced the Illini, 23-19. IU finished the game with a 41 percent success rate from the field, as opposed to Illinois’ 33 percent effort.

Illinois (8-21, 3-13) was without leading scorer Alex Wittinger for all but seven minutes of Saturday’s contest because of a hand injury. Freshman point guard Brandi Beasley finished with a team-high 16 points, but it came on 6-of-19 shooting. Eleven of those points came in the first half.

IU’s dominance on the glass translated to a 19-6 advantage on second-chance points. Cahill pulled down seven of the Hoosiers’ offensive boards, and senior Jenn Anderson, who finished with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, pulled down three.

Anderson, however, was limited to 18 minutes because of foul trouble. Sophomore Kym Royster saw more action, and produced six points and a block in 15 minutes. Senior Amber Deane also came off the bench to add five points in nine minutes.

9 comments

  1. The Microwave was definitely ON, and subs all gave valuable minutes.
    Bad start, good finish.
    Proud of the Hoosiers!

  2. Start of season I was thinking top 2 or 3 in big ten and 20 win season even though I thought it would be challenging to repeat last year. Late in the season I thought IU ladies would be 19 and 6 with NIT bid. My apologies. I was wrong on all accounts. Wishing IU ladies a big 10 tournament win.

  3. What a good game. Only the third game I’ve watched, attended one home game.

    Ladies just need to watch that first step. Four-five-six calls for travel. Great passing & rebounding. Buss was everywhere having a strong game.

    Kym Royster is intriguing to watch.

    TV announcer lady noted the great chemistry of IU….

  4. This team is definitely having a problem against lower teams after big games, but at least in this one they were able to come back after a tongue lashing at half time. Gassion is trying my patience with those pull up jumpers which she cannot hit. Id rather see her go to the rim and try to draw fouls. Luckily Mcbride has gotten back on her shot from 3 which really made the difference against ILL hitting 5 treys on the day. Its looking like we will get the 5 seed and get the winner of the 12/13 seed game which could be ILL again . They made it clear they wanted to shut down our inside game of anderson and did a pretty good job of that , had not wittinger injured her hand could have been more interesting finish.

  5. At least this game was better officiated than the Iowa game. In going back to watch the Iowa there were several really bad calls . Near the end of regulation in which Buss stole the ball you could plainly see Buss had the ball in her hand with the clock still showing 01 and in fact the buzzer never sounded at least I couldnt hear it. Twice blocks were called on Jenn and she was clearly set and in position for the charge outside of the circle. Thats just 3 times that were obvious in that game, but there were more , we were truly lucky for that win.

  6. A very good win for IU after a disastrous start. The first quarter was dreadful as we couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn let alone a basket/ The 19 second chance points were huge in the game due to us dominating them on the boards. We also scored 16 points off of their 13 turnovers. We had 17 assists on 25 field goals.
    Coach Moren has lead this program to 2 straight 20 win seasons for the first time in IU history. While there are some naysayers out there that continue to criticize Moren, these back-to-back seasons of 20 wins is a terrific accomplishment for this program. This coaching staff should be lauded for their effort in leading this team to this success. I would doubt very much that Michigan St. will lose to Nebraska? But, you never know? Go Hoosiers!!

  7. Nebraska just beat Michigan State in overtime, 76-74.
    Apparently Nebraska is no softy at home.
    I’m about 99% sure IU is the four seed in the Big 10 tourney.

  8. There aren’t many basketball coaching related issues with Coach Moren for anyone to complain about. She’s done the job she was hired to do so far and she has done it well. This may be the start of a special era for IUWBB.

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