IUWBB: Hoosiers take first game in Puerto Rico

Indiana topped Loyola Marymount, 67-43, on Wednesday to open a three-game slate at the Puerto Rico Classic.

Freshman Grace Berger paced the Hoosiers (10-0) with 15 points, while Bendu Yeaney, with 12 points, and Ali Patberg, with 10, joined her in double figures. After shooting 31 percent in the first quarter, IU hit better than 50 percent every other quarter to finish with a 48-percent success rate from the field.

IU was able to take an early 7-4 lead with a 3-pointer from Brenna Wise, but Loyola Marymount (7-3) went on a 6-0 run to go ahead. It was 12-all through one quarter. Both teams turned the ball over plenty in the first 10 minutes, as Loyola Marymount had seven errors to IU’s six.

The Hoosiers picked up the pace in the second quarter, though. They went on a 16-2 run to take a 28-14 lead. But Loyola Marymount was able to chip into IU’s advantage before the break, including a third-chance jumper from Brittney Reed to make it 29-21 at the break.

Berger and Wise each had seven points at halftime, while Yeaney scored eight.

In the third quarter, the Lions drew even closer, cutting their disadvantage to 33-31. Berger helped the Hoosiers push back, however, with a couple of strong takes to the basket. It was 39-33, IU, with 3:15 left in the period. The freshman hit two free throws to push it to an eight-point game.

Another freshman, Aleksa Gulbe, was fouled at the buzzer on a 3-pointer and made two out of three from the line to give IU a 49-36 lead heading into the final 10 minutes. Gulbe added another five points in the fourth quarter to finish with nine. Wise also had nine.

IU next plays Grambling State at 1:30 p.m. Thursday before facing South Dakota on Friday.


  1. Yeah so much for that tough game against LMU right? someone posted that nonsense on here i tried i really did Gonzaga is the best team in that league then Saint Marys they may be 3rd but its a distant 3rd

  2. Early game against Grambling favors IU slightly for a game against SD.
    1. Need better position on defensive rebounds though LM had a few put backs by same player who took shot underneath bucket.
    2. T. Moren and staff have trained ladies to play good defense and believe it is fun.
    3. IU ladies are athletic and win on plays going to bucket and getting fouled making free throws.
    4. To many turnovers sloppy play. It looks like sometimes while dribbling and trying to make individual play IU ladies commit getting themselves into trouble without a shot and no good option thus making turnover. However, as a team it is good to see IU ladies aggressive offensively. As competition increases and intense defense increases it will be interesting how IU ladies adjust; maybe being a little more selective under control yet being aggressive.
    5. Glube is excellent; good European shooting form, excellent basketball IQ, athletic and somewhat physical.
    6. J. Penn needs to ge going. 7. Good job Warthen
    8. Lady Hoosiers can score and overall have good athleticism.
    9. Good that B.Y. is ok.
    Conclusion: IU ladies are doing a lot of good things right. They continue to improve. T. Moren and staff are really doing excellent job with this team that includes new players after losing 2 stars from last years team.
    T. Moren didn’t go into rebuild, she was prepared for graduation of AC and TB and continues to build and improve IU ladies basketball program.
    IU ladies just don’t shoot a bunch of 3’s and take bad shots. You can see a lot of great coaching and IU ladies having fun doing what they have done to win.

  3. I believe IU held LMU to 33 points fewer to their avg .. That’s killer D .
    34 .. Player of the game ..
    10 .. is a 4 .. Not a B10 5 .. ( 5’s needs to be crazy tough )

    Sleepwalking a bit but .. That will not to loose shows up one again

  4. Teams are hanging with IU for 3 qtrs but the continueing defense seems to take its toll. Good to see Gulbe back she can rack up pts quickly. Free throw shooting kept IUs lead. Berger seems to be playing way ahead of schedule playing more like a soph. at this point. Even though LMU was bigger more athletic. IU is quicker and its paying off. still making some unforced errors, forcing the ball at times. Patberg was having a great deal of trouble with the
    6′ 2″ Green guarding her with those long arms , not used to seeing that. On to Grambling State next– Go Hoosiers!

  5. It took the whole first quarter for us to shake the rust off. Once we got going in the second quarter, we were fine. Our defense was stifling! We did an outstanding job on their leading scorer taking her completely out of the game. As t mentioned, our shot selection continues to be great. This team simply doesn’t take bad shots. Grace Berger is becoming prominent in our offense. You can see that she is getting more relaxed in our system. Every time she gets a rebound and starts up court with the ball I get excited looking for her to take the ball right to the basket. Penn has been up and down all year, we defiantly need her to become more consistent from game to game. We still commit to many turnovers, 21 today. Our lack of being able to limit offensive rebounds is going to cost us sooner our later when we play a really good team. Our continuing to take the ball to the basket and getting fouled has been so beneficial going to the foul line and converting free throws every game this year. The Hoosier’s dribble drive offense that Moren implemented since she has been on scene has become the strength of our offense letting us shoot many more free throws than our opponents. Our opponents continue to foul us over and over again in this offense. Becoming more athletic over the last few years has allowed us to take advantage of this again and again. The strong recruiting that has occurred since Moren has been here has been so beneficial to the our team! Can’t wait until tomorrow to watch us compete again. Go Hoosiers!!

  6. Good win after a long layoff. Nice to see Gulbe back in action. Today’s real time RPI has Indiana ranked 8th with a 75 sos. Wake Forest beat South Carolina last night and UCLA (RPI 29) keeps rolling after their loss to IU.

  7. With that latest RPI the hoosiers lead the big ten as follows:

    Indiana–10.0–RPI–8—SOS- 75
    Iowa——8-2— RPI-15–SOS–21
    Mich. St. 9-1—-RPI-26–SOS–106

  8. Steve W, good job again of giving us information most people are unaware of. All of the information you provide us with is really cool to read. It helps in giving us an indication of where we stand against others in our conference. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to today’s game. Go Hoosiers!!

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