No. 13 IU rides defense to 71-26 win over Samford

Offensively, the Indiana women’s basketball team will have better nights.

Defensively, the No. 13 Hoosiers couldn’t have been much better on Thursday night.

IU held visiting Samford to the fifth-lowest point total in Hoosier history and gave up the fewest points of the Teri Moren era in a 71-26 win over the Bulldogs at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. It was the first time Indiana has held an opponent under 30 points since 2004 and the fewest points allowed since a 62-25 win over Ball State during the 1973-74 season.

Samford scored the opening basket of the game but didn’t find the bottom of the net again for the next seven minutes of the first quarter, falling behind 14-2.

Indiana (2-0) then held the Bulldogs scoreless for the final 8:22 of the second quarter en route to a 33-7 halftime lead.

The defensive effort helped obscure a sputtering offense, which shot just 40 percent from the field, including 3-of-13 from 3 and 6-of-11 on free throws.

Sophomore Mackenzie Holmes picked up three fouls and was just 2-of-6 from the floor in the opening half after a 13-for-13 performance in last week’s season opener, while frontcourt mate Aleksa Gulbe had two fouls in the first 20 minutes.

The second half saw a major uptick in offensive efficiency as the shooting went up to 61.5 percent from the floor, although the numbers were still just 2-of-7 from 3 and 4-of-7 on free throws.

Gulbe finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards, one of four Hoosiers in double digits. Holmes and Grace Berger each had 13 points, while Ali Patberg added 12 for her 17th straight game in double figures.

The defense simply never let up, however, as Samford (0-3) shot just 20.8 percent from the field for the game while committing 26 turnovers.

Indiana returns to action on Sunday when it visits No. 11 Kentucky at 4 p.m.


    1. Defense, and getting “stops” will matter against the better competition, but to graduate to the level of the Marylands, and UCLA of last year, this team will have to shoot better, better from both outside and in, against long-tall defenders and the strength of an Owusu at PG, and also seriously better from the free throw line to win any close game.
      Last night Maryland made an astounding 21 of 31 3’s while scoring 112 points against a quick and running Towson team. Let those numbers (67%+) sink in for a second… Watching all 21 of them on recorded whole game replay – it was at first laughably amazing, and then downright disheartening from perspective of the rest of B1G WBB.

  1. Samford averaged 66 PPG in their first 2 games vs SEC opponents. The Hoosiers brought their lunch pails and held them 40 points below average. These Hoosiers have the potential of a final four team.

    1. I am very concerned about our 3 point shooting. We were not very good last year and we don’t seem to have improved this year. This is an incredibly good team but there may be games this year where our lack of 3 point accuracy may hurt us? The scary thing is that almost all of the 3’s were wide open looks, no pressure. I agree with T, there will undoubtedly be a few games this year where our free throw shooting or lack there of may hurt us? It goes without saying that our defense is at this time exceptional! Our current short comings do not appear important when you are playing poor teams. Kentucky will be a very good team for us to compete against! Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Did IU Ladies get a little fatigued road team in Samford? Regardless, a 45 point win against Samford at home is simply meeting expectations. Maybe, if T. Moren keeps saying IU Ladies have good improved 3 point shooters it will come true. I expect free throw shooting to get better quickly or else. Against the best teams/top 50 teams good free throw shooting and at least efficient 3 point shooting {35%} is a must if level of relevance on national scene is going to increase. T. Moren is parallel to B.K. in that the core of play is in defense. IU Ladies should beat KY.

  3. Samford University is located in Alabama, Samford played two games prior to I U Game, both games were played in Alabama, their game prior to playing I U was November 28th, don’t buy the road weary comment.

  4. The defense was excellent , even Moren couldnt say anything against that. Samford had been scoring in the 60s so holding them to 26 was amazing. This was not a weakling team , they tied for their conf. and won their conf. tourney and would have been in the ncaa had there been one. Samford was doing their best to not let Mack have a free hand inside as all teams will try to do, so if she has a 3 pt option I hope it shows up for her and everyone else who plays. So far it seems to me the most consistant from outside is Patterson. Probably will need better shooting on sunday.

  5. Samford being at such a disadvantage talent wise and pretty much everything else third game against bigger schools IU maybe got a little fatigued Samford team as in a little beat down. Yes, I think Samford is a weakling team playing out of their league. However, in their league and competition level they are a solid team. Last year KY beat Samford by 30. This year IU beats returning players by 45. It seemed Samford was able to put up little resistance for most of game.
    At Ky IU needs to take care of ball against Ky pressure, STAY OUT OF FOUL TROUBLE, make shots, make free throws, and I think effort and defense will be there.

  6. A lot teams or coaches may have mentioned about “building a Monster”. Moren is quietly building a monster in bloomington. In the breaks and halftime of the Carolina game thurs. they mentioned several big games coming this weekend but IU vs Ky was not one of them. Thats OK just ignore them till you play them and see what happens.

  7. Indiana girls high school, a month in with 284 games cancelled or rescheduled. 114 teams have not played a game yet.

  8. At the high school level we dont know where its headed and tickets for games are limited. At least some of the games can be watched on IHSAA.ORG / the championship network.

    At the college level basketball mens and womens they seem doggedly determined to have the ncaa championships and not get caught with their pants down like this past year. For the women there are potential 64 team, 48 or 16 team are setup , hopefully it doesnt come to the extreme. Also noted is that in Charlie Creme’s bracketology IU is now a 3 seed and in all 3 potential bracketts. Hopefully it wont end up being a 16 team survival mad dash to the finish.

  9. Expect IU to be a top ten team this year.
    Trying to make fun years out of not fun years for 2020and 2021 is not fun.

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