IUWBB: IU beats No. 15 Michigan State, 68-64

Indiana pulled off its first win over a top 15 team since 2010 with a 68-64 victory over No. 15 Michigan State on Saturday.

Jaelynn Penn hit the biggest shot of the afternoon, a 3-pointer to give the Hoosiers a 65-62 lead. Penn led the Hoosiers with 17 points.

It was a slow start for the Hoosiers, shooting 3-of-12 from the field and additionally hampered by seven turnovers. Michigan State, boosted by six points from Nia Clouden, took a 15-11 lead.

Michigan State built on that lead slightly, taking a 22-15 lead in the second quarter. But the Hoosiers charged back with consecutive 3s from Penn and Ali Patberg, followed by a layup from Patberg. That cut it to a two-point game.

IU’s momentum built to a fevered pitch at the end of the first half. Grace Berger cut it to a one-point deficit with a midrange jumper, and later gave the Hoosiers a one-point lead with a lay-in through contact. Brenna Wise followed with a 3-pointer, and she took a charge on Michigan State’s next possession.

With six seconds left, Penn went the length of the floor and scored. She punched the air, mobbed by her teammates. The Hoosiers led 33-27, as the crowd of 6,380 erupted.

IU didn’t shoot as well in the third quarter, hitting 6-of-17 in the period, and the Spartans made their last five shots and finished 9-of-14 to cut the Hoosier lead to 48-47.

It was back-and-forth in the fourth quarter. Markrekia Cook began it with a drive to retake the lead, but the Hoosiers answered with a post bucket from Aleksa Gulbe. Cook hit a 3 to make it 52-50, MSU.

Wise then responded with four straight points, including two at the free throw line, but Jenna Allen scored twice underneath. Penn hit a jumper to go into a timeout tied 56-all with 5:56 left. 

Allen scored 15 points, while Sidney Cooks finished with 12 for MSU. Wise had 14 points and 11 rebounds for IU.

After Penn’s 3 to make it 65-62, Taryn McCutcheon answered with a drive. Ali Patberg hit one of two at the free throw line to make it 66-64. MSU missed a 3 on the next possession, and Wise made two to clinch it.

IU (14-1) is 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since the 2008-09 season. IU’s last top 15 win came on Jan. 21, 2010 over then-No. 4 Ohio State.


  1. Every time they beat decent teams now it makes me wonder how they could lose to Grambling State.smh

    1. Could be that Grambling is a better team than you realize. Latest bracketology from Charlie Creme has them moving into the field of 64 and their RPI is 117, higher than Illinois.

      You could also think about how a team whose minutes come primarily from people in their 1st or second year in the system could easily overlook a team that appears easy when in a 3 day/ 3 game stretch.

  2. Defense + Fight + Crowd = IU win.
    Plus good coaching, JP becoming more confident and reliable, and home court.
    A not good but great strength of T.Moren teams = I as in Improvement (her teams grow, develop and become more competitive throughout the course of the year). This is happening with this team.

  3. Kind of a ugly game but IU made the baskets when needed. Largest crowd of any of the women’s games I’ve attended. The last two or three baskets of the game, maybe thanks to the crowd ? Home in time to catch the IU/Michigan game, which at least in the first 4 minutes, does not look good.

  4. Great win for this team against a very good team! I want to start off by saying this was the best crowd we have had since the WNIT Championship game last year. The crowd was loud and active to say the least. This is the kind of crowd this team should be getting every night!

    We played a pretty good game outrebounding them 35-32. Field goal percentage was about even, IU 44%-Michigan St. 45%. turnovers were about even IU 14, Michigan St. 13. The real difference in the game was as usual, the free throw line; IU 14 out of 18, Michigan St. 4 out of 9. Our bench with Aleksa Gulbe (9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocked shots) and Grace Berger ( 10 points and 2 assists) were instrumental in the win. If we can win the next 2 games on the road, we should be ranked next week. Still can’t get over the crowd today! Go Hoosiers!!

  5. Great win, great crowd against obviously a very good ranked team. The crowd of 6300 was like a 6th man. Im guessing Merchant was pissed because her much bigger team was out rebounded 35-32, thats the fight this IU team comes with especially at home. Penn’s last 3 ptr was HUGE and proved to be the game winner. Allen inside was a beast so you can see how important Gulbe was against her as without her it could have turned out different. Royster just too small could not handle Allen inside. I couldnt hear that last question to Moren, guessing it was something about IU might not be ranked because of the loss to Grambling. The answer will come tomorrow, either way IU is 3-0 in big ten play.

  6. Also of note Illinois defeated Minn at williams arena so Ill. is no fluke . IU was lucky to escape with a win there. Once again an example of just how balanced the B1G will be this season. You best bring it every night no matter the opponent.

  7. Good hard fought win. Now comes the next challenge with two road games this week. It’s been 17 years since IU has won at Ohio State and Wisconsin is always a tough place to play.

  8. Also of note just yesterday Ohio St lost to Maryland as the road team 75-69. IU will have to be prepared for a tough match.

  9. HT Guys….Probably be OK to show little bit more coverage of the Women’s game. Stuff like Patberg receiving B1G Player of the week for the third time this season . And this is only the 5th time IU Women’s have hit the AP top 25 poll. And hey, they have coverage by BTN Thursday evening. ??

    1. Patberg made the Player of the Week honor roll, but Iowa’s Megan Gustafson actually won the award. We also had a full notebook and lead story in the print edition with the top 25 ranking Monday, but all that stuff isn’t always going to make it here. We’ll see if some of it can, though.

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