IUWBB: Hoosiers survive at Illinois, 85-83

Indiana survived an overtime test Friday to take its Big Ten conference opener at Illinois, 85-83.

Junior Ali Patberg led the Hoosiers with 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. IU (12-1) also benefited from sophomore Jaelynn Penn’s 19 points, including a career-high five makes from 3-point land. Sophomore Bendu Yeaney and junior Brenna Wise both finished with 12 points.

On the night, IU shot 39.7 percent from the field, while the Illini connected on 45.9 percent of its shots.

The Hoosiers opened with a 26-20 lead in the first period, boosted by a 64-percent shooting effort. The lead grew to 15 points with 6:06 to play in the second quarter after back-to-back 3-pointers from Penn.

IU went into the halftime break ahead, 47-38, but the Illini (8-4) went on to outscore the Hoosiers 30-18 in the third quarter. Down 68-61 to start the fourth, IU benefited from three consecutive turnovers by Illinois, a Penn 3-pointer, and a 4-of-4 effort from freshman Aleksa Gulbe at the free throw line.

Both teams had a chance to break the 77-all tie at the end of regulation, but neither could convert.

In overtime, Yeaney got the Hoosiers started with a transition layup to make it 79-77. Illinois took a brief 80-79 lead, but Yeaney went to the line in the bonus and made two free throws to put IU back on top.

A three-point play by senior Kym Royster gave the Hoosiers a 84-80 cushion with 1:22 left in extra time. From there, the Hoosiers held on.


  1. Fought back and made plays to win after losing a 15 point lead. One of the biggest positives was play of J. Penn. Plus K.R. made another big play or two towards end of game. Good to see Glube playing. Like many other teams….improvement or lack there of will determine how close IU ladies will come to maximizing their potential.

  2. Illinois ladies are made of mostly freshman and sophomores with a senior or two and junior or two. Though it is tough on road in big ten this was a win for IU ladies to learn from. However, a more dominant win was hoped for by IU ladies or at least should have been.

  3. No doubt a good win as any win on the road is but, as t stated, this should have been easier than it was. We let a big lead drift away in the first half and got 11 behind in the 4th quarter. Illinois may be improved but, still not a real good team! Although Patberg’s all around game was tremendous, she at times forces shots that are not good shots. She needs to be more patient in the offense especially since she is the main ball handler. The thing I have been harping on all year long finally got better, only 11 turnovers which is a great improvement over what we have seen. Gulbe was outstanding when the game was on the line although she fouled out. Balance again was one of the keys for IU. If this continues, we will be hard to beat as long as we keep the turnovers down like today. One side note, watched the girls Hall of Fame Classic yesterday and Homestead has a 6′ 4″ freshman player named Ayanna Patterson who is absolutely outstanding, handles the ball like a guard. I certainly hope coach Moren is actively recruiting this girl, she is going to be a real stud by the time she is a senior! I am sure everybody in the country will be after her! Will be great to see our girls at home Monday. Go Hoosiers!!

    1. MikeC you are right about Gulbe coming up big during crunch time. Over the last 8 minutes of regulation she scored 7 points and grabbed 4 offensive rebounds. We were down by 11 when she entered the game in the 4th. She’s a gamer and a winner.

  4. I see Ayanna Patterson listed as a 6’2” wing top 2022 prospect per espn. IU offered her as middle schooler (8th grade). I think first to offer. Dad played overseas and mom was track athlete. Athletic genes.

  5. I was less happy with the way we played than Moren, to be up 15 to go down by 11 is quite the swing. Luckily we only had 11 turnovers and that Penn tied her career high of 5 3’s. We nearly blew this game and maybe should have and would have had it not been for some timely efforts by Gulbe late before fouling out. I throw it out there again , she needs to be starting or playing more minutes as her height cannot be made up for on this team. You can say that Illinois is improved and road wins in the big ten are hard to come by, but being up 15 in this conf. you cannot take your foot off the gas, had them where we wanted them and let them up. Yes Patterson is quite the player, wonder who will get her. Northwestern though is quite the team , maybe the best in this state having lost twice both to out of state teams. Did anyone notice how tough a game Penn State gave Maryland, it was neck and neck for 3 qtrs before the terps pulled away in the fourth . We cant afford to have a lapse against them like we just did.

  6. The game announcers had said that Gulbe was crying as she went to the bench after fouling out. I love that, it says to me that she has really given her all to this team, emotionally, mentally and any way she can. You can have doubts in the beginning about someone coming from another country, will they fit in , will they give their all, that question was answered in this game.

  7. T, I watched all 3 games in the Hall of Fame classic. During the IU game last night, I had IU on my computer and the Hall of Fame Championship game on my I-Pad side by side. Patterson is unreal! When she matures physically with her athleticism, she will be unstoppable! Would really look good in the cream & Crimson!
    Months ago, when Gulbe signed, I watched videos of her and stated at the time that she could be a great player for us and a possible missing ingredient to our success! As I have always said from watching years and years of women’s college basketball, foreign players are almost always successful in our game because they are all incredibly fundamentally solid much more than most US players because of the way they are schooled over seas. Foreign players are to a fault tougher mentally and physically. I heard Mark Cuban the other day refer to foreign players being superior in fundamentals when they are brought up as opposed to players in the US which are brought up in the AAU system of simply playing games over and over at a young age in the summer. He stated that most US players when they are growing up work on dunking and shooting 3 pointers as opposed to working on fundamentals. He of course was referring to male players but the same is true of female players since they go through the same process of AAU here and working on fundamentals over seas. Same thing. Any way you look at it, we are very fortunate that Moren pursued Gulbe and got her to come to IU, we are certainly going to benefit from this for several years. Go Hoosiers!

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