IUWBB: Hoosiers beat Southern, 64-49

Indiana took care of a physical Southern team in an ugly 64-49 win. 

IU senior Tyra Buss led all scorers with 23 points, along with five assists. Junior Kym Royster finished with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Amanda Cahill pulled off that trick, as well, with 13 points and 10 boards.

Southern had more personal fouls, 22, than field goals, 20.

It was tight early on, but the Hoosiers were able to established a 17-9 lead. But Southern went on an 8-0 run to tie it at 17-all after one quarter, and the Jaguars extended that run into the second quarter, leading 25-19 following a transition 3.

IU went on a run to retake the lead, including a 3-pointer by Buss and a transition alley-oop from Buss to Yeaney. The Hoosiers led 32-30, and went into the half ahead, 36-32, following a Buss 3-pointer with seconds left.

Buss had 17 points and three assists at half, playing all 20 minutes. Yeaney was the Hoosiers’ second-leading scorer with nine. But the Hoosiers couldn’t hit shots with enough consistency to pull away from Southern; they were 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) and 4-of-11 from 3-point range at half.

Southern hit 13-of-36 (36.1 percent) and 4-of-12 from 3.

Southern could not keep up the pace offensively, hitting only 18 percent of its shots in the third quarter. That allowed the Hoosiers — despite a 9-of-17 success rate from the free throw line — to build a 53-42 lead through three.



  1. It was good to see us play a team that was very athletic. This game was a tale of two halves. In the first half we held Southern to 35% from the field but only led by 4 points at the half. But, in the second half IU’s defense really took control of the game by holding Southern to 18% from the field. We out-rebounded Southern by a 58-35 margin which was instrumental in the game. Royster had 15 rebounds and Cahill had 10 but, not far behind were Jaelyn Penn with 9 rebounds and Bri Wickware with 8 and Bendu Yeaney with 6. As you can see this was an all around effort by the team. A cause for concern was IU’s 23 turnovers but Southern was basically unable to capitalize because of their dreadful shooting. We also only hit 16 out of 28 free throws which is simply not going to be good enough when the schedule stiffens. Another cause for concern was an apparent injury that Buss sustained at the end of the 3rd quarter when she fell to the floor on a drive to the basket and hit her right knee. It was evident that she was in pain the rest of the game but, played through it. Hope this is only a bruise and nothing more?
    This coming Friday night we play a very good team in Western Kentucky which beat us last year at their place. We had a crowd of 2,194 tonight which was a bit disappointing. It would certainly be nice to get a good crowd out to Friday night’s game. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. As I said previously Western Ky last year beat us by 11 pts at their place and they also recently upset #16 ranked missouri. We also have missouri on our non con schedule. With the trouble we had with southern , it will be double that on friday night. Im not sure our freshmen are ready most likely not, but it will show just where we are and how much work we need to do to be ready for the big ten.

  3. Not an over powering win plus a home game. However, though Southern lost several games last year they played and will play several top 25 teams in the country. T . Buss may have taken the team to a much needed mind set for a good young athletic team. Her physical and mental toughness will influence rest of team into we will fight you to the end and you have to beat us if we lose because we are going to win.

  4. Steve W, Notre Dame beat Western Kentucky last night something like 78-65 pulling away in the 4th quarter. You are correct, this will be a very tough game. We absolutely MUST cut our turnovers down to compete against these types of teams. Speaking of Notre Dame, somebody please explain to me how Jessica Shepard is eligible to play this year after transferring from Nebraska last year. She has had 2 straight double-doubles so far this year. Our 2 transfers must sit out this year and yet Shepard is able to play. Yes, the rich get richer and the also ran’s suffer, makes NO sense to me. I know the NCAA takes each of these individual cases of transfers separately but, I would just like to hear a justifiable explanation!! The NCAA is a joke!!

  5. Evidently the NCAA has privacy laws which hides the details of such a waiver successfully turned in by Shepard. and according to her “personal reasons and other stuff”. What a load of BS. At least we can be happy that Ali Patberg after spending 2 years at ND with her acl and sickness got her one year reduced and we will have her for 3 years.

  6. I would like to start a movement to retire the number of Tyra Buss as IU’s all time greatest woman basketball player. She is the consummate “team-first” super-star! What a warrior! Enjoy this gift (together with Amanda Cahill) for as long as we have it! Go Women’s IU Basketball!

  7. I watched the Western Ky. at Iowa game and WK is no joke. They led Iowa for most of the game with Iowa coming back late to send it to overtime. The main reason for Iowa to win the game was their free throw shooting a hot 23 of 25 -92%. IU has labored in that category and could cost them against the hilltoppers. Western plays great defense and shot well from 3pt land , 57% by halftime. Gustafson was huge for the hawkeyes with 35 pts.

  8. I’m with t. Kim Royster was huge.
    Now the freshmen have to grow up REAL FAST if we’re going to have a chance to beat Western KY.
    I went to the away game last year, and Western KY was relentless.
    It will take a lot of growing up quickly and a total team effort to even stay in the game.

  9. Nat– I agree
    Im also pleasantly surprised with the good minutes and shooting help from Brie Wickware.

  10. Steve W. – Wickware gets the “most improved shooter” award for sure.
    I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a player improve so much and so quickly in her shooting.

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