IUWBB beats UW-Milwaukee on the road, 82-56

What was at first a tight road contest turned into another decisive win for the Indiana women’s basketball team Sunday, with an 82-56 victory against Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center.

Larryn Brooks led IU with 16 points and was one assist short of a double-double with nine assists. Tyra Buss almost came away with a double-double, too, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Amanda Cahill had 13 points and eight rebounds.

In the first half, the Hoosiers were hampered by foul trouble. Every starter picked up at least two fouls during the first 20 minutes, and Taylor Agler came away with three. Ten first-half turnovers also helped the Panthers hold tight with the Hoosiers, who carried a single-digit lead into halftime, 40-31.

“The frustrating part was the10 turnovers we had, five of them being offensive charges,” IU head coach Teri Moren said. “Trying to adjust there at halftime was we have to shoot more midrange jumpers. We are not going to be effective trying to get to the basket because of the way the game was being played.”

After two quick baskets by the Panthers at the start of the second half to cut the lead to five, IU would go on a 20-0 run — capped by an Agler 3-pointer with 13:07 remaining in the game.

Because of early foul trouble, many of IU’s reserves played an expanded role, as well. Alexis Gassion finished with 15 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes. Jess Walter didn’t play much above her normal minutes, with 16, but she produced another solid outing, at 10 points and five assists.

Gassion was not only important because of her offensive production, but also because of her defensive skillset versus Milwaukee’s Ashley Green, who came into the game averaging nearly 23 points per game and was held to 14 Sunday.

“Those types of things never show up in the stat sheet but if you came to the game today you’d know she did a tremendous job defensively,” Moren said of Gassion, “and without her we wouldn’t’ have won the game.”

Moren also credit Brooks with finding the open player, even as Milwaukee “threw a lot of junk” at IU defensively. IU won in the paint, as well, outrebounding the Panthers, 38-27, including 11-8 on the offensive glass.

The Hoosiers will not play again until a Dec. 20 road contest at Oakland.

“It is always difficult to play on the road so any road win you get you are excited about,” Moren said. “I think our kids, even though there were moments it seemed like things weren’t going our way, we found a way to win the game by defending and rebounding.”

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  1. Another solid performance from the Hoosiers. Five players in double figures and Jenn Anderson one basket away from double figures. The bench was again instrumental in this win like it has been all year. With all 5 starters with 2 fouls in the first half it was really important for the bench to step up and they did. McBride, Gassion and Walter were up to the task throughout the game. Gassion was terrific again as was Walter who continues her great play the last 3 games. Buss struggled a bit offensively but to show how she can effect the game in other surprising ways, the 5′ 7″ guard corralled 9 rebounds. Brooks continues her great floor play by dishing out 9 assists.

    Again, the opposition was not strong but, any road win is very important! After the early schedule of a ton of games in a short period of time, the team now is off until Saturday to concentrate on finals. The team can use the extended time off. After next Saturday’s Oakland game on the road, we will have another 7 days off until the conference start. This will provide coach Moren and the staff with important time to work on the team’s weaknesses heading into the Rutgers game. At that time the games become incredibly important! Things are just starting to get interesting. Go Hoosiers!

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