IU women vs. Iowa

FINAL: Indiana 86, No. 22 Iowa 84. Have to believe the Hoosiers will be ranked come Monday. IU now a program-best 14-0. Larryn Brooks scores a team-high 20 points to lead Indiana, which finished five players in double figures.

Taylor Agler hits 1 of 2 at the line to boost Indiana lead to 86-82 with 3 seconds to play. IU’s free throw percentage at 57% for the game

Officials call both coaches to the scorers table. Claire Till gets the personal and Simone Deloach is called for the deadball technical. Deloach goes 1-of-2 from the line and now Melissa Dixon will shoot two on the Deloach tech. She hits both and IU’s lead is now 83-78. On the inbound, Logic hits an open 3 in the corner and suddenly Indiana’s lead is down to 83-81. 27.5 seconds to play.

Simone Deloach is swarmed by Iowa defenders and elbows Logic in the face trying to get free. Logic falls to the floor. The officials are going to review for a flagrant. Miller yells “Call the first one and that never happens.”

Indiana’s defense needs a big final minute. Iowa had scored on its last 5 trips down the floor before Claire Till missed an open layup.

Melissa Dixon, as she is wont to do, hits a 3 to cut Indiana’s lead to 73-70 with 2:20 to go.

This one far from over with 2:44 to play. Larryn Brooks misses a pair of free throws with IU up 73-67. Iowa has a 3 rim out but retains possession and gets a 3 to cut the IU lead to 73-70.

Under-4: Indiana 73, Iowa 65. Hoosiers looking to close out the upset of the No. 22 Hawkeyes. 3:57 to play. Tabitha Gerardot with a big second half for Indiana: 9 points, 5 rebounds.

Big break for IU, as Iowa leading scorer Bethany Doolittle fouls out with 4:41 to play. IU holding on to a 71-64 lead.

Under-8: Indiana 66, Iowa 58. Larryn Brooks and Tabitha Gerardot each have 13 for IU. Taylor Agler has 12.

Under-12: Indiana 58, Iowa 49. Hoosiers with 5 second-half turnovers. Moments ago, Simone Deloach came up with an offensive board and worked Iowa leading scorer Bethany Doolittle into committing her 4th foul. Doolittle came out and Deloach hit 1 of 2 free throws.

Miller calls timeout with 13:07 to go. Indiana up 55-47. Hoosiers led by 12 as recently as four minutes ago.

Taylor Agler hits an open 3 on the wing to extend Indiana’s lead to 53-41 just before the Under-16. #IUwbb now 9-of-20 from 3.

HALFTIME: Indiana 43, Iowa 36. Spirited half of basketball for the Hoosiers. Karlee McBride leads Indiana with 9 points. Larryn Brooks has 8. The Hoosiers are holding the Hawkeyes to only 14 percent (1-of-7) from 3-point range, while forcing nine Iowa turnovers. Indiana, meanwhile, has 10 assists against only three turnovers.

Larryn Brooks hits a 3 from downtown with 4:12 to play to boost IU lead to 34-28. Iowa calls timeout.

Under-8: Indiana 25, Iowa 23. Both teams shooting over 50 percent. Brooks and Gassion each have 5 for IU.

Samantha Logic picks up 2 quick fouls for Iowa, including an and-1 on Alexis Gassion. She hits her FT and gives IU a 25-21 lead. 8:25 1H

Under-12: Indiana 18, Iowa 15. Hawkeyes already have 6 turnovers to Hoosiers’ 1.

Under-16: Iowa 11, Indiana 11. Brooks has 5 points for IU, which has earned 8 of its 11 points in the paint.

PREGAME: It’s the Big Ten opener for the Indiana women’s basketball team, which hosts Iowa tonight at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers, at 13-0, are off to their best start in program history and will face a big test against the No. 22 Hawkeyes. Tonight should be another good opportunity for Indiana’s nationally-recognized perimeter defense to make an impact. The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten and are ranked 18th in the country in 3-point field goal defense, holding opponents to only 25.6 percent from beyond the arc. Iowa enters play as one of the top 3-point shooting team in the conference, averaging 7.7 per game. Starting guard Melissa Dixon has made 36 over her last eight games, hitting 36-of-81 over that span. Iowa features a guard-heavy, balanced offense attack with five players averaging double figures. Do-it-all guard Samantha Logic is one of the Big Ten’s best. Logic leads the Big Ten with 6.9 assists per game and ranks 15th in the conference with 14.2 points per game.

No changes to the Indiana lineup. F Sasha Chaplin, F Tabitha Gerardot, G Alexis Gassion, G Taylor Agler, G Larryn Brooks.

For Iowa: F Kali Peschel, C Bethany Doolittle, G Theairra Taylor, G Samantha Logic, G Melissa Dixon.

I’ll post updates during media timeouts here on the blog. You can also follow myself (@BowieMike) and Jeremy Price (@JPPrice) on Twitter.


  1. What a great win for the women! A really loud crowd was a huge help. The team played the way they have all year long, they handled the ball really well and held Iowa to below 20 percent from 3 point land. They had 5 players in double figures and had 2 players with double, doublles in points and rebounds. Iowa is the best team we have played this year and the winning streak continues. If you have not seen this team play, you are missing a treat! It was great to see next year’s top incoming recruit, Tyra Buss and her family in the crowd. Go Hoosiers!

  2. Also in the crowd was a 2015 recruit from BNL, Jenna Allen. Hopefully the awesome game can help her try to convince some of her teammates to switch their commitments to IU.

  3. Well, 3,000 people in a stadium built to hold 17,500 people is not going to impress recruits. Hopefully, attendance will increase once the second semester resumes. I’ve yet to watch them play, but it sounds like they’re worth the price of admission.

  4. So podunker, I guess we could assume you are part of the problem as far as our attendance problems are concerned. You really need to get out and watch this team play! Help our recruiting and help up our attendance! “Come on man”as Vince Carter would say! This team is much more fun to watch than the men!

  5. mike isn’t getting carried away. this is a fun, exciting team to watch. the ladies play with a lot of heart. buy a ticket coach valvano.

  6. Like Reggie Bush says, “not gon do it… Wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture.”

    Like Stacey King said, “I have a dream!”

    And like Lincoln Kennedy says, “four score and seven years ago I asked not what this country can do for me, but what I can do for this country.”

  7. Well coachv, you obviously haven’t seen them play! As a comparison to the men, they have the lowest turnover rate in the conference and have had 4 games this year with 10 or fewer turnovers! One game they only had 4. They play extremely hard and are excellently coached which in comparison to the men has been a little questionable lately! There may not be another player in the conference as exciting as Larryn Brooks?

    So coachv, have you seen them or not? If not, get your butt out to Assembly Hall and give them a look, you will be very surprised! I would almost bet you my paycheck that they will have a better record than the men this year when all is said and done! Go Hoosiers!!

    And yes Geoff, watch ESPN a little more and you will see Mr. Carter say “Come on man!”

  8. Sorry Geoff, make that Cris Carter. Anyone can make a mistake. Coachv and podunker need to watch the women play. Maybe the men need to attend a womens gave and possibly learn how to not turn the ball over!

  9. While the attendance numbers might not impress recruits, what they see on the floor definitely will. These ladies are well-coached, they play hard, and they play an exciting style of basketball. IU has had more games scoring over 80 points than any other team in the Big Ten. It may be hard to argue that they are more exciting than the men’s team, it is not hard to argue that they are an exciting team to watch. Besides, with tickets only five dollars for adults at the door and open seating, you can’t get a cheaper night out with the family that all basketball fans can enjoy.

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