IUWBB: Hoosiers beat Saint Louis, 71-53, in WNIT second round

Indiana advances to the WNIT’s round of 16 with a 71-53 win over Saint Louis.

Amanda Cahill led the Hoosiers with 17 points. Tyra Buss finished with 15, and Alexis Gassion added 14.

IU (22-10) now has the most wins in a single season in program history. The Hoosiers will host the winner of SMU-Abilene Christian at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday,

In the first quarter, the Billikens outpaced the Hoosiers, with junior point guard Jackie Kemph leading the fastbreak attack. Kemph’s seven first-quarter points pushed Saint Louis out to a 18-15 advantage through 10 minutes of play.

IU was able to completely shut down Saint Louis in the second quarter. The Billikens shot 2-of-13 from the field of the second quarter and went more than eight minutes without scoring a point. At the same time, the Hoosiers went 8-of-12 from the floor and strung together 21 unanswered points.

That stretch secured a 40-22 halftime lead for the Hoosiers. The Billikens’ one-two combination of Sadie Stipanovich and Kemph were a combined 5-of-15 from the floor, and they each had three turnovers.

11 comments

  1. Another solid win for the ladies today. After struggling a bit defensively in the first quarter, IU held St. Louis to 34% from the field the rest of the game. IU held St. Louis scoreless for 8 minutes in the second quarter holding them 2 for 13 from the field. After being down 18-15 at the end of the 1st quarter, IU outscored St. Louis 25-4 in the second quarter. It was great to see the bench play well scoring 18 points and also contributing terrific defense. I really am refraining from pointing out individual play because this most certainly was a great team effort!!
    Again, in the post game press conference, coach Moren mentioned how great the crowd was emphasizing their effect on the play of our girls. Hey SteveW, the attendance was listed in the box score as 2,526. As you mentioned the other day, something is funky about the attendance, I know you thought we had between 4 and 5 thousand Thursday and I wondered myself about the box score numbers? Well, today I would estimate that we were well over 3,500 if not more? I just don’t know where they are getting these figures? But, anyway, the crowed was great and loud especially in the second quarter when we really turned the game around.
    Great to hear we will again host the next round of play. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. I thought it was the biggest crowd I’ve seen all year, and certainly the most enthusiastic.
    I suspect that during the regular season, the count includes folks who have season tickets but don’t show up.
    During the NIT, I suspect it is an actual rear ends in seats count, since very few people who have tickets don’t use them.

    I was really impressed with the Hoosiers today, and will guess the BIg Ten is going to dominate the rest of the way out in the NIT.

  3. Mike , yes I still agree something is amiss on the box score attendance. The fact Moren has commented on both games tells you the attendance was more than any 2000. Nice effort all around , good to see the bench getting some good minutes on the floor. Ya gotta love how Mcbride will launch a three and knows its going in, yet before it actually does shes running to the other end giving credit to whoever assisted. I noticed this today and in the last game, that makes it all good fun.

  4. Nat– Yes its possible that 3 big ten teams could be in the final 4, time will tell.
    Appears our next opponent will be our toughest so far as expected. Smu plays in the tough American conf. with Uconn and South Fl. Smu has had close games with SF losing once by 1 point and the other by 7. Smu is like IU in the fact they are 12-3 at home. On the other hand Abilene Christian has lost only once in their last 15 games, but lesser conf. Their game will be played Monday evening.

  5. Since this has become the unofficial IU women’s basketball forum, I have to bring up a fact unrelated to the subject at hand.
    Apparently Purdue is pretty darned good, playing the number one seed (Notre Dame) into an overtime
    Teri Moren is apparently not the only coach who finds it hard to hold a lead against Purdue.
    Go Hoosiers!

  6. Yes Purdue has a good defense , hopefully IU will eventually get there in the future. But had Turner not gotten injured in the first half the game would not have gotten that close as Turner was eating Purdue up in the first half. Still I would love to have seen the upset.

    1. t,
      The way I understand it is schools bid to host WNIT games. The tournament gets a guaranteed amount and if the host makes anything above that amount, then it can keep it, but it’s generally not a money-making proposition.

  7. I thought Purdue looked good against Maryland ladies earlier in season before big ten tournament. They were running with Maryland athletically for much of the game even though Maryland had a solid win.

  8. Back in the day, in men’s basketball, the NIT was a very big deal. I’m not referring to when it was THE national championship, either. You see, up through the ’70s, only conference champions got an NCAA bid. That’s how the ACC Tournament became such a big deal. In 1974 Maryland and NC State were considered the two best team in the land. Maryland had six future NBA players during a time of a very small NBA. NC State upset them 103-100 in overtime and went on to defeat Bill Walton and UCLA en route to the title.

    Maryland, on the other hand, went to the NIT.

    When Indiana won in 1979 the Final Four of the NIT consisted of Ohio State, Alabama, Purdue, and Indiana. They were all very good. Indiana just wasn’t quite as good that year as MSU with Magic Johnson, Sam Vincent, and Greg Kelser.

    The final of the NCAA Championship was Indiana State vs. Michigan State. The final of the NIT was Indiana and Purdue. The title games for the two big tournaments consisted of 3 Indiana teams and one Michigan entrant. What most people have forgotten is that MSU played Notre Dame in the regional final. Had ND prevailed and won again in the semifinal both title games would have been an all Indiana affair.

  9. Thanks J. So school athletic directors can just buy all the home games for their team. What is a common amount?

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