IUWBB: Indiana vs. Michigan State

FINAL: Indiana 70, Michigan State 51

7:23 REMAINING: Indiana 64, Michigan State 37

IU has continued with energy into the second half. Tyra Buss (10 points, 14 rebounds) and Amanda Cahill (11 points, 10 rebound) each have a double-double. And the Hoosiers are outrebounding the Spartans, 43-23.

HALFTIME: Indiana 37, Michigan State 26

Jenn Anderson capped a great half for the Hoosiers by backing down the Spartans in the final seconds. Hoosers finish with a 23-16 rebounding advantage in the first half, five of those on the offensive end. Of the Hoosiers 37 points, 22 came in the paint. There were also nine points¬†off of MSU’s seven first-half turnovers.

Tyra Buss leads the Hoosiers with eight points, but she came off the floor ¬†with a limp after diving to the floor after a near-steal to end the half. We’ll see how she comes back in the second half.

4:41 REMAINING: Indiana 29, Michigan State 25

A couple of turnovers have led to transition opportunities for MSU. The first allowed Aerial Powers to no-look dish to Tori Jonkoska. The second brought Powers to the line, and she hit both free throws.

UNDER 12 TIMEOUT; Indiana 18, Michigan State 8

Quite the run for the Hoosiers. Jenn Anderson drew a charge on Aerial Powers, getting her on the bench with two fouls. After that, the Hoosiers received 3s from Jess Walter and Karlee McBride from the corner. The Hoosiers capped off their run with a drop off by Tyra Buss to Anderson in transition.

UNDER 16 TIMEOUT: Michigan State 7, Indiana 4

Indiana actually attacking the basket and the glass pretty well. Hoosiers have a 6-5 rebounding advantage, with two offensive rebounds per team. But IU is jusgt 2-of-7 from the field.

IU STARTERS (as usual): Fs Amanda Cahill, Jenn Anderson and Gs Larryn Brooks, Tyra Buss and Taylor Agler

MSU STARTERS: Fs Becca Millers, Jasmine Lumpkin and Gs Aerial Powers, Tori Jankoska and Anna Morrissey

The Hoosiers (10-2, 0-1 B1G) lost Round 1 in the Big Ten, in their conference opener against No. 17 Rutgers. Things don’t get any easier in Round 2, a 7 p.m. contest on New Year’s Eve against No. 24 Michigan State. The Spartans’ Aerial Powers averages more than 18 points and 12 rebounds per game — along with four assists and two steals.

It will be key that the Hoosiers compete on the boards. And let’s see if their shots fall tonight.