IUWBB: Hoosiers rebound with 63-52 win at Rutgers

Indiana overcame travel issues and a slow start to claim a 63-52 win at Rutgers.

Amanda Cahill led the Hoosiers (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten) with a game-high 20 points, and junior point guard Tyra Buss scored 17 with nine assists. Senior forward Jenn Anderson was also in double figures with 10. 

IU is now tied for sixth place in the conference standings with Purdue, behind both Northwestern (6-4) and Michigan State (6-4) in the race for fourth place.

The Hoosiers did not arrive to the Rutgers Athletic Center until a couple hours before tip because of problems with their Tuesday night charter flight out of Monroe County Airport. One of the plane’s wheels went off the runway and got stuck in the mud, forcing the team to leave from Indianapolis on Wednesday morning.

In the first quarter, the Hoosiers were slow starters. They hit  4-of-16 from the field and trailed 17-11. In the second quarter, IU was better, hitting 7-of-12. Freshman RIa Gulley hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left in the first half to pull IU to within two points, 29-27, heading into the locker room.

IU was quick to score coming out of the break. Buckets by Cahill and Anderson gave the Hoosiers a 31-29 lead with 8:35 remaining in the third quarter. Rutgers went ahead once more, but IU took control with an 8-0 run to cap the third quarter. That stretch included five consecutive makes — three from Cahill — and was capped by two free throws from Buss with 3.4 seconds left.

Holding a 46-39 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers didn’t look back. On the night, IU turned Rutgers’ 17 turnovers into 24 points. IU also won the rebounding battle, 32-30, and limited an athletic Scarlet Knights squad to four offensive rebounds and three second-chance points.

The Hoosiers now return home to play Northwestern on Saturday and Michigan next Thursday. Those two games will be crucial as IU tries to solidify a resume for the NCAA tournament. Michigan is currently in third place in the Big Ten at 9-2.

5 comments

  1. Indiana’s defense was strong against a team that is not very good offensively holding them to 52 points which is IU’s low for conference play. IU outscored Rutgers 36 to 23 in the second half. IU shot 43 % from the floor which is a great improvement from our last 2 games. Amanda Cahill continued her very consistent play with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Tyra Buss had 17 points and a very important 9 assists. Jenn Anderson was big again in the middle picking up 10 points and 5 rebounds. Karlee McBride continued her season long offensive slump going 0 for 6 from the floor but, Ria Gulley came off the bench to hit 2 of 5 three point attempts.
    This was a very important road win for a team that has really struggled on the road. This coming Saturday afternoon we host a very good Northwestern team that beat us at their place in January 80-67. We were never in that game in the second half. We really struggled against their athleticism and length in the first game. They have one of the premier players in the league in Nia Coffey which gives us fits. This will be a very tough game for us but, if we can shoot the ball well, we can get the job done. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Great to see IU get this much needed win on the road. We are still struggling from long range shooting a very paltry 25% team wise. We did get a lift from Gulley coming off the bench to hit 2 threes. In this game reb were pretty even 32-30 , having only 12 turnovers wont make the coaches too unhappy either. Mcbride still slumping and in fact her entire game is affected by this. Also its now been 5 games since Royster had the outstanding game against PU and it seems no matter what the coaching staff does the right buttons are not being pushed to get the potential which they know is there to emerge again. NW is currently tied with Mich St for 4th place at 6-4 and if we can play well enough against them and get the win we will leap frog around them at least temporarily . At this point every win or loss will be intensified relating to post season opportunities.

  3. IU nation is quite aware of the importance of the next two home games or at least they should be. The tournament committee places great worth on the RPI rating of teams. Consider the current ratings.
    IU– 52
    NW– 51
    Mich.– 24
    Ohio st– 31 [just as a comparison]

  4. Nortwestern @ IU great exhibition of coaching by T.Moren and staff. Several offensive plays around bucket but lady Hoosiers did not execute the shot and missed opportunities for about 10 more points. The plays were there. I hope that does not come back to bite the lady Hoosiers.

  5. Great exhibition of coaching first half….2nd half to be played. It will be interesting to see each teams adjustments and execution including making shots, especially the easier shots (as for IU in first half)

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