IUWBB: Hoosiers beat Ball State to advance in WNIT

Indiana advanced to the second round of the WNIT with a 71-58 win Thursday over Ball State at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. 

IU will play 2 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall versus the winner of IUPUI-Saint Louis.

Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers (21-10) with 19 points. Amanda Cahill, 16, and Alexis Gassion, 14, also finished in double figures.

Ball State scored the first basket, on a drive and a layup by sophomore Carmen Grande, but the Hoosiers dominated with a 12-0 run over the next three minutes. At quarter’s end, they were up 28-12, and that lead seemed destined to stretch out for eternity. It ballooned out to 35-12 with 6:22 left in the first half, as the Hoosiers dribbled through and shot around the Cardinal defensive.

As connected and in-sync as the Hoosiers looked in the beginning of the game, they were the opposite in the final four minutes of the half. Through 16 minutes, IU had four turnovers. In the final four minutes, the Hoosiers committed seven errors, including a missed connection or two on inbounds passes.

Ball State took a 23-point IU lead and cut it to 11 points, 40-29, at halftime. But the Hoosiers responded every time the Cardinals (21-11) made a run. Ball State reduced the Hoosiers’ lead to eight points both in the third (51-33) and fourth quarters (62-54), but IU was able to push back on each occasion and cruise to victory. 

5 comments

  1. This game was not very pretty at times to say the least. I tend to think that IU being off for a little over 2 weeks had something to do with their scattered play. They got off to a great start in the first quarter with a 28-12 lead. The biggest difference in the game was IU hitting 19 of 21 free throw attempts. IU outrebounded Ball St. 39-31. IU was 8 for 20 from the 3 point line and Ball St. was held to 4 for 14. IU assisted on 16 of their 22 field goal attempts. The crowd was very enthusiastic tonight which coach Moren referred to in her post game press conference.
    This win tonight ties last year’s team with the most wins in a season with 21. They have now won 21 games in a season 7 times. The senior class of Anderson, Gassion and McBride have won more games (78) than any other senior class in IU history.
    We now move on to playing St. Louis which is a pretty good team. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Great to see the ladies get this win, came out hot early, then the press made them look rusty which they most likely were. At one point IU had at least 15 to’s which wont make the coaching staff happy. Loved the crowd attendance must have been in the 4-5 K range which surprised me a little. ON to St Louis, go hoosiers.

  3. In watching the Moren interview I found myself more into Darby working out in the background. She doesnt seem comfortable in the system as her shot has shown as they are way off even missing the rim completely, but that will change with time. She is so concentrating on the screening and defense mainly for now and rebounding. The offense will come , anyone who watched her at heritage christian will know that.

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