No. 14 IU women topple No. 21 Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The offense was a struggle on Wednesday night for the 14th-ranked Indiana women’s basketball team, which put up season-lows in points and shooting percentage (.375).

So the Hoosiers just made sure their opponent struggled more.

IU held No. 21 Miami (Fla.) to 21.7 percent shooting from the field, 22.1 percent shooting from 3 and its own season-low in points to claim a 58-45 road win in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The key to the game was an 11-0 run to end the second quarter that gave Indiana a 31-25 halftime lead, followed by a 12-4 run to start the second half. The combined 23-4 run gave the Hoosiers (7-1) a double-digit lead they would not relinquish despite their own drought of more than eight minutes spanning the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth.

“It’s a night we struggled offensively, especially in the first and the fourth,” IU coach Teri Moren said. “We made enough plays, especially in the third, to get a little bit of a lead and have a little bit of breathing room, then that spurt right before halftime was big for us as well.

“Happy we were able to hang on to the lead. It was a physical game, so give our kids credit that we’re walking out of here with a really solid top-25 win.”

Ali Patberg scored all 12 of her points in the first half for the Hoosiers, who saw redshirt freshman Chanel Wilson and true freshman Mackenzie Holmes make their first career starts in place of the injured Grace Berger and Aleksa Gulbe.

Gulbe, however, did come off the bench in the first quarter and finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes while helping Holmes limit Miami’s 6-foot-4 standout center Beatrice Mompremier to just 11 points.

“Give Lex a lot of credit, coming off a sore ankle that’s not 100 percent,” Moren said. “I thought she battled in a big way for us, and the things she did for us don’t show up on the stat sheet. She guarded and she guarded really well, keeping Mompremier way below her (18.1) average scoring-wise. I’m real proud of her efforts and playing through some adversity.”

Ultimately, it was junior Jaelynn Penn who helped pull Indiana through in the second half, scoring 16 of her 17 points in the final 20 minutes.

Penn and senior forward Brenna Wise each hit a 3-pointer for IU’s only field goals in the fourth quarter, both coming after the Hurricanes (5-3) got within 46-40 with 4:18 remaining. Penn added six free throws in the final 1:17 to seal the win as the Hoosiers played a ranked opponent for the third time in the past four games.

“I thought the first half she was very quiet,” Moren said of Penn. “Then in the second half we were trying to challenge her that she needed to step up and do more for us offensively, so it was great to see her do that. That big 3 going down the stretch was huge for us, then her free throws. Stepping up to the free-throw line down the stretch when we were trying to extend our lead, that was important as well.

“We need Jaelynn. She’s a threat, but we need her to start knocking down shots at a more consistent rate, but she will.”

Endia Banks scored 13 points to lead a frustrated bunch of Hurricanes.

“Credit to Indiana, I thought they played with incredible discipline,” Miami coach Katie Meier told hurricanesports.com. “We have a lot of work to do, and I need to see some inspiration from my upperclassmen. Somebody has to want to be a spark on this team.”

Indiana returns home to play North Florida at 7 o’clock Saturday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

15 comments

  1. A great way to cap off the grind of a 5 game road trip. Very good defensive effort. Looking forward to being back in the Hall on Saturday. Hopefully Grace will be back in the line up soon and Bendu is playing by the UCLA game. Love this team!

  2. Excellent win.
    Rebound the ball!!!
    Excellent job Gulbe and she keeps getting better.
    Penn lackadaisical play turned it around into clutch plays second half.
    Grace Berger status?
    Depth paid off.
    Rest of team competed well against a tall team with talent.
    I saw a NCAA TOURNAMENT seeding forecast. Miami was projected as a 4 seed. Indiana was projected as a 5 seed. Indiana has a better record thus far. This projection was before Miami game. Indiana without leading scorer beats Miami on their court.

  3. Great win on the road! We shot poorly and were without possibly our best all around player and yet played GREAT defense to stop another ranked team. Just shows the quality of our team. Was very surprised to see Gulbe play after hearing her and Berger would both not play. She was very good with a bad ankle and didn’t shoot well (3 for 11) from the floor but, played super defense and had 8 rebounds tying Brenna Wise for the team high. We were outrebounded 46-39 but held Miami to an incredibly low 21% from the floor, outstanding!! Only had 13 turnovers which is pretty good when playing against their pressure defense. all in all, a very impressive win! Now we finally get to come home after being on the road for 9 days. Hope to see a big crowd Saturday for the North Florida game. BTW, there seems to be some confusion about Saturday’s start time? At the last home game the scoreboard stated that Saturday’s game would start at 6PM? The schedule says 7PM, does anyone know for sure the start time? Go Hoosiers!!

  4. BTN+ has the men at 4:30 and the women at 7:00. This was an ugly game offensively but both defenses were strong. Great that Gulbe made the effort on the less than 100% ankle , needed her to help defend Mompremier. Also good to see Penn come on strong at the end. When Miami cut it to 6 then she hit a three and all those free throws at the end to seal it. Without Berger it shows the depth on this team. Considering how well our women did in this road trip hopefully we will see 5-6000 fans or more in the seats on saturday.

  5. There’s a couple very interesting games on tv tonight. ACC/BIG challenge. Mich. State at #8 Fl State and Mary. at #13 N.C. State.

  6. Creme’s Bracketology last updated on 11/21 showed miami a 4 and IU a 6. Also had Baylor and Ore. both #1s before they both lost. A new updated one will soon come out. I look to see IU as a 4 seed when it does.

  7. #13 of the Hoosiers shown in photo atop this story (forgive me for not knowing her name) has really sweet form on her jump shot.
    Left hand coming off early harkens back to George McGinnis. Great photo…Really captures her concentration. Baller.

  8. IU Ladies have a potent offense with scoring potential at every position. However, there success and wins against good teams thus far is because of their defense. For the most part IU Ladies have made it difficult for good opponents to run their offense and to score at will, easily, and get to comfortable. So if IU offense cools off IU Ladies thus far have been able to rely on their defense to keep good teams controlled and when offense heats back up IU Ladies have prevailed with solid wins.

  9. SteveW, I would be shocked to see between 5,000 and 6,000 fans Saturday. As I stated before, the students seem to have very little interest in supporting the women? Don’t understand it? 9, 000 student season tickets for the men and then lucky to see 100 students in the stands for the women? It’s a damn shame! I have been a season ticket holder for around 25 years driving down from Kokomo (100 miles) and yet the students can’t walk across campus and get in free to watch the women, pathetic! If the team was really poor, I could understand it but, this is one of the better teams in the country (ranked 14th) this week. Onward and upward, GO HOOSIERS!

  10. Mike c— You will probably be right, but they should appear after this highly successful road trip. Knock off the #5 team in the country and still wont welcome them back home,, it would a SHAME!!

    It was nice to see that the Miami coach gave the Hoosiers credit for their effort, but the so-called Highly respected Dawn Staley did not, at least none that I saw.

  11. The Hoosiers women’s basketball team is going to accomplish some very big things throughout the course of the season and I personally wouldn’t be surprised in the least if the IU Hoosiers actually win both the regular and post seasonal “Big Ten Conference” championship titles by the end of the season.

    Also, I strongly believe that they’re good enough of a basketball team to at the very least go on to advance to the “Elite Eight” if not all the way to the national semifinals or the final four. Lol

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