IUWBB: No. 25 Hoosiers fall at OSU, 55-50

Indiana’s perfect start to Big Ten play ended Thursday in a 55-50 loss at Ohio State.

IU (14-2, 3-1) was outscored 25-14 in the final period and was held to a season low in points. OSU (5-8, 1-3) extended its win streak over the Hoosiers to 13 straight games, stopping the visitors from securing their first ever 4-0 start in conference.

Brenna Wise cut it to 51-50 on a three-point play with 33 seconds left, but Carmen Grande, the Ball State graduate transfer, scored the Buckeyes’ final four points at the free throw line. After Grande’s first pair of free throws, IU sophomore Jaelynn Penn, who sank a 3 to boost IU over Michigan State on Sunday, couldn’t connect from beyond the arc to tie the game at 53-all.

Grande finished with a game-high 19 points. Penn led the Hoosiers with 12 points, but her team shot 33 percent from the field, including 1-of-13 from 3-point territory. OSU also had 24 points off of IU’s 19 turnovers.

Neither team shot the ball well in the first half, but the Hoosiers had the better start. They went out to a 14-2 lead before OSU snapped a 7-minute, 30-second scoreless drought with a 3-pointer at the buzzer by freshman Dorka Juhasz.

The Buckeyes then scored the first four points of the second quarter, but the Hoosiers answered with four of their own to make it 18-9.  OSU went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to three, and it was 24-20 at halftime for the Hoosiers.

IU finished the first two quarters with a 35.7-percent success rate from the field. OSU shot 33 percent.

OSU kept the Hoosiers within striking distance in the third quarter, even as the visitors tried to pull away. Ali Patberg converted a three-point play to make it 29-24. After nine misses and no makes from 3-point range, Bendu Yeaney gave the Hoosiers a 3-pointer with 1:30 left in the period to make it 36-28.

But it was 36-30 heading into the fourth quarter, and the Buckeyes turned up the pressure. They forced some turnovers and went on an 8-0 run to take a 38-36 lead with 8:19 left in the game.

Coming out of a timeout, the Hoosiers let the shot clock wind down, but Berger hit a jumper before the backboard turned red to tie it back up at 38-all. A steal and a layup by Yeaney gave the Hoosiers back the lead. 

Carly Santoro hit a 3-pointer with 4:48 left to tie it back up at 43-all, and she stole the ball on IU’s next possession. Santoro went to the free throw line and hit one of two to claim a one-point lead.

Penn then missed a 3, but Patberg got a steal and the Hoosiers got it back to Penn for a layup with 3:37 left. Grande gave the Buckeyes the lead back, and OSU freshman Janai Crooms came up with two straight buckets — the second a three-point play — to make it 51-45 with 1:26 left.

Aleksa Gulbe hit two free throws to cut it to four, and Wise’s three-point play made it a one-point game again.

IU had its chance to retake the lead, as Grande and Crooms bobbled a handoff and it went out of bounds. With 28 seconds remaining, the Hoosiers had the ball, but Penn missed a 3 and Gulbe lost the offensive rebound.

Grande was fouled and made two at the line with 20 seconds left, and Grande rebounded Penn’s last miss to seal it.


  1. Just cant stand prosperity a very bad performance against a bad team point guard play seems to be lacking in my eyes Patberg plays more like a 2 guard forced to play the point, they should’ve beat this team by 20 as far as ncaa tourney talk goes this a terrible loss on national tv hopefully they learn from it gotta step on the weak teams throat from the opening tip

  2. Pretty much sums it up. The more OSU came after IU ladies the more IU ladies played not to lose rather than to win. Soft ball handling, passing, lack of ball security, lack of confident 3 ball, to much AP trying to force things and rest of team lacking movement with meaning like they didn’t know what to do, JP has to be more involved, AP hurt IU ladies, abandoning outside shot so much including 3 ball, as IU ladies confidence and toughness declined OSU confidence and toughness increased led by Grande. LIFE ON THE ROAD IN BIG TEN. Just a mediocre power conference nationally.

  3. Plus .. zero post play .. got scored on easy .. no offense down there.. at least throw in 12 to do something… dang ..

    On to next ….

  4. Toward start of game OSU got away with two elbows to neck area that should have been charges. Marchaise took one and they only called a travel. Right after that there was another that was a no call.

    Purdue beats Iowa at home. Life on road in Big Ten.

  5. It was pretty obvious from the the get go even though leading most of the way that this was going to be a loss. Grande was the best player on the floor and made Patberg look like an eighth grader. There seemed to be little energy for the IU team untill the 4th qtr too late then.

  6. You can’t shoot 33% from the field AND gift your opponent 11 steals and expect to win. Defense was mostly solid but still way to many poor decisions on offense.
    It’s on to Wisconsin.

  7. It was mindset. Unsure, unconfident, uncomfortable in handling pressure including taking shots = low % shooting. Then, lowa loses to PU on road. Big Ten conference is not that good, just ok. Big Ten is there for the taking but probably not for IU. IU needs more interior help.

  8. I have said it all year, our ball handling is very poor. Good teams as most basketball fans know have a 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. On the season we have 197 assists and 258 turnovers. Our 3 leading ball handlers; Patberg, 76 assists and 52 turnovers, Penn, 22 assists and 52 turnovers, Yeaney, 35 assists and 43 turnovers not even close to the 2-1 ratio. In this game Patberg and Penn both had 6 turnovers and a combined 3 assists. This can’t continue to happen! We had 4 assist as opposed to 19 turnovers in the game. In the past our great field goal % has saved us but, as I had stated in the past, when we have a poor shooting game the turnovers will get us and yesterday they did! Ohio St. scored 24 points off our 19 turnovers. We had 8 turnovers in the 4th quarter when the game was on the line. We shot 33% from the floor and our 11 for 12 from the free throw line couldn’t save us this time. As good as Patberg is and she is really good, she can’t continue to drive into the lane against 2 and 3 players and force up a shot. She does it time and time again simply trying to do to much! She is really good when she lets the game come to her but, sometimes just tries to force it to much? Ohio St’s Carmen Grande had 5 steals most against Patberg. Patberg as good as she is leading us in scoring, assists and I think second in rebounding, she has to improve her ball handling and decision making! As brownbomber stated, she probably is a 2 guard but due to circumstances, she is our prominent ball handler and she must improve if we have tournament aspirations. We also out rebounded a bigger team by 10 but to no avail.
    Yes, winning on the road is tough but, Ohio St. is not a very good team and as brownbomber said, we should have won this game easily! The buckeyes, if we were EVER going to beat them at home again since 2002, this was the year! They will be much better next year with a top 5 recruiting class coming in as usual. Now, on to Wisconsin to get this turned around! Go Hoosiers!

  9. One other thing about the game, what in the world was Moren thinking on our last possesion having Royster in the game and Gulbe on the bench when we needed a 3 pointer to tie the game? As I was watching I was yelling at the TV wondering what was going on? Just sayin….

  10. Indeed this was a game we coulda , woulda , shouda, won. It was there for the taking if we just could have taken care of the ball. The passing was horrendous, Grande was waiting like a fox jumping the passing lanes and those were the ones that beat us in the end. You could see frustration thruout the game in Moren and the coaches faces and Im sure after the game, one unpleasant plane ride home. Hopefully we will bounce back at Wis.

  11. Man, that 4th quarter was crazy bad. Three times the same pass led to OS layups. Deflections probably off the chart. That 2 / 1 Mike C mentioned, we came close but in the reverse, Ball security – none.

  12. How much longer will Moren and Co.. ride with Royster as the starter when what we really need is Gulbe. Seems as if Royster has regressed when she should be leading in some way, and I see no way is she leading as a senior and she should be. Gulbe lately is playing starter minutes because Kym is so bad.

  13. We need to remember that this IU team is still very young and inexperienced. Aside from Royster (4th season) and Wise (3rd season) all other players had only 1 season of experience or no experience when this season began. Ali Patberg played only one season for Notre Dame and averaged 7.7 minutes per game which is less game experience than Linsey Marchese (12 mpg) had last season. There are bound to be some pot holes along the path of success. This team is a long, long way from being a finished product.
    I’m really starting to like Grace Berger’s game at both ends of the court.

  14. As I mentioned a week or 2 ago, Gulbe needs to start no matter the possibility of foul problems. She is getting better at avoiding serious issues with fouls. Steve W is correct, she is just short of starters minutes, Royster is giving us nothing! Scwartzie, I agree about Berger, she needs to be getting 25 to 30 minutes a game. Things positive happen when she is on the floor! Go Hoosiers!!

  15. Telling you guys…. need to play 12 along with 10.. 12 gives IU.. tough sound D.. kid was scoring and also saying .. let that strong kid post up and do her thing .. think she was over 1600 pts in high school…

    My 2 .. wasting 12 …

  16. I tend to agree 12 along with 10, instead of 11. Also Berger is playing very well for a freshman plenty of confidence in her pull up jumper plus her 6′ height comes into play.

  17. Everybody in Indiana knows more about coaching than the coach .
    I trust Moren.
    Berger has been a very pleasant surprise to me, but I agree very much with Scwartzie’s astute observation that we are a very inexperienced team.
    If somebody had told me at the start of the season we would be 14 and 2 at this point, and 3 and 1 in the Big Ten, I would have taken that in a heartbeat.
    This team got off to a better start this season than we should have expected.
    In some ways, that was too bad.
    I am puzzled as to how our two losses could be to the two teams that beat us.

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