IUWBB: Indiana vs. Wisconsin

FINAL: Indiana 69, Wisconsin 52

With 3:10 remaining, Larryn Brooks hits a big jumper with the shot clock running out. That is followed by a 3-pointer by Amanda Cahill. 67-48 IU with 3:10 left.

With 4:29 remaining in the game, IU holds a 62-48 lead. Tyra Buss has fouled of the game. So had Wisconsin’s Nicole Bauman, the Badgers’ best 3-point shooter. Buss finished with 11 points and five assists.

With 16:35 remaining in the game, Indiana has grown its lead to 50-32. Ten assists for Indiana to two turnovers, and a couple of nice feeds from Tyra Buss this half as she runs the point. First to Amanda Cahill for a baseline jumper and then a drop off to Alexis Gassion in transition. Jess Walter drained a 3 before Wisconsin called a timeout.

HALFTIME: Indiana 43, Wisconsin 30

IU hasn’t shot the ball particularly well (36.1 percent in the first half), but they are manufacturing points in other ways. The Hoosiers shot 12-of-13 from the free throw line, and they also have 13 points off of turnovers.

Leading scorer for IU is Tyra Buss with nine points. Jenn Anderson and Karlee McBride have eight apiece.

With 3:07 remaining, IU has built a commanding 39-22 lead. IU is shooting 50 percent from behind the 3-point line (5-of-10). Karlee McBride has a pair of those and has eight points. Tyra Buss has a game-high nine.

With 10:55 remaining, IU is up 15-14 after a jumper by Larryn Brooks, who came of the bench. Taylor Agler, who also didn’t start, is about to come in.

With 15:48 remaining, IU came out with some new starters for Sunday’s game, with Larryn Brooks and Taylor Agler replaced with Alexis Gassion and Jess Walter. Both Walter and Gassion came out and drained 3-pointers, but Wisconsin has made a charge. Cassie Rochel converted an and-1 to put IU down, 9-8.  A 3-pointer by Jacki Gulzynski made it 12-10. But Karlee McBride answered with a trey to make it 13-12.

After two disappointing losses, including the most lopsided defeat in the program’s history, Indiana will play host to Wisconsin.

The Badgers (6-8, 2-2 Big Ten) are coming off of a win at Penn State. They are without forward Michala Johnson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in December.

A fast start could be key for the Hoosiers (11-4, 1-3), because Wisconsin has been known to get off to slow starts. In their last three games, the Badgers have been outscored 32-21.7 in the first half. Then again, Indiana is coming off of a 49-17 first half against Ohio State, as the Buckeyes went on to win, 103-49.

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7 comments

  1. This team is fickle. Good rebound win against not as good a team. However, still a big ten team. Congratulations to coach, staff, and players.

  2. Today’s starting lineup was interesting. Maybe some starters were sick, maybe this was an attempt at a wakeup call… Regardless and not to take anything away from them, it was a welcome change. The dynamic certainly changed for the better. Better shooting today also helped. Can’t wait to see if they can compete at home against Maryland in a few weeks.

  3. The reason for the change in the starting line up today was explained by coach Moren in the post game press conference. It seems as though Larryn Brooks has been sick since and during the Ohio St. game and was still a bit under the weather today and that Taylor Agler had turned her ankle in practice Friday. Wisconsin is not near as athletic or as tall as the last 3 teams that we have played so we were on a more level playing field today and it showed. Our defense stepped up causing 21 turnovers which were turned into 23 points and we went to the free throw line hitting 18 of 20, Wisconsin was 6 for 9 from the line. These two things were basically the difference in the game. Alexis Gassion had a tremendous day on the boards grabbing 16 rebounds. We had 5 players in double figures today and 2 other players one basket away from double figures showing great balance. Jessica Walter had another very efficient game with 11 points. It is becoming very difficult to keep her on the bench, her last 6 games she has been a difference maker on the floor, even the 2 games we lost. We were only out rebounded 46-41 which really helped as the game wore on. In the second half we were in control to the very end of the game. All in all, a very nice effort from the girls today.

  4. I’ll say it again. IU needs to schedule a double-header game. Women’s game followed by men’s, or visa versa. Seen the women play once this year and the men twice.

  5. Double header is an excellent idea. If women’s basketball could get the fan support that would help them immensely

  6. Although I don’t think this double header idea is a bad idea and would certainly be benifical to the women if for no other reason than to expose more fans to the women’s team, I don’t know that it is practical? All of the women’s games are general admission first come first serve seating. The Men’s games are normally close to a sell out and I know that many people who come to women’s games do not attend men’s games. If such an event were scheduled with the women playing after the men, I would have to purchase a seat probably in the balcony of which I don’t think I would do because I sat up there once and will never do again. But, if this would expose more people to the women hoping that they would in fact retun to watch more women’s games in the future, that would be great! It would certainly be great to be able to increase attendance to around 4,500 to 5,000 a game. We are currently getting between around 2,500 to 3,000 a game, these young women deserve a better following than that! Although, over the last 2 years attendance has climbed slowly. This is a very interesting concept which I am not sure that any other university has tried? Why not us?

  7. Make sure a game is scheduled that is win able. You don’t want to get beat by 50. When women program is built to a big ten or national contender I think it would be an excellent idea. You would have to figure out how to feasibly do it

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