Indiana couldn’t hit shots Thursday in a 69-60 loss at Michigan State.
The Hoosiers (15-7, 5-4 Big Ten) made 34 percent from the field, including 6-of-24 from 3-point range. Junior forward Amanda Cahill had a team-high 17 points and eight rebounds, while junior point guard Tyra Buss finished with 16 points and six assists. Senior Alexis Gassion added 10 points, but was 2-of-10 from the field.
Michigan State (16-7, 6-4 Big Ten) didn’t shoot it much better, hitting 40 percent from the field, but the Spartans outrebounded the Hoosiers, 46-31.
IU is now at risk of falling behind in the Big Ten standings, sitting in sixth place with No. 3 Maryland (21-1, 9-0 B1G) coming to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Sunday. Then the Hoosiers go back on the road to face Rutgers. IU has lost three out of its last four road games.
It was a close game for two quarters, with the Hoosiers holding a 27-22 lead with 44 seconds left in the first half. But the Spartans finished the half with a three-point play from freshman guard Taryn McCutcheon. MSU went ahead 33-30 with 7:46 remaining in the third. Five minutes later, the Spartans led 43-35. MSU was ahead 47-40 after three quarters.
The home team was able to maintain its cushion for most of the fourth quarter. The Hoosiers did cut the lead to 63-60 with 1:08 remaining following layups from Buss and Anderson. But a 3-pointer from Tori Jankoska and three free throws on four attempts by Branndais Agee pushed the Spartans’ lead back out to nine.
Three players — Jankoska, McCutcheon and grad transfer Taya Reimer, formerly of Notre Dame — finished with 15 points. Agee added 11 points. Jenna Allen, an alum of Bedford North Lawrence, produced five points and five rebounds off the bench. On the other hand, IU received only seven points from its bench.