Indiana falls to Ohio State on the road, 78-70

In Sunday’s loss to Ohio State, it again wasn’t the result Indiana head coach Teri Moren wanted for her team.

But unlike early January’s 54-point loss to the Buckeyes, Sunday’s 78-70 defeat at Value City Arena was a step in the right direction.

“We’ve had lots of unpredictable moments through the season,” Moren said, “but we keep chipping away, and we are making the progress our staff has hoped for.”

The Hoosiers (13-10, 3-9 Big Ten) dropped to 0-5 on the road this conference season, but they played better on the road against Ohio State than they did during a 103-49 loss Jan. 8 at Assembly Hall. IU shot 11-of-23 from 3 point range, and five Hoosiers scored in double figures.

Karlee McBride led the Hoosiers with 15 points off the bench. Alexis Gassion scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Tyra Buss and Larryn Brooks both added 11 points.

Amanda Cahill, who had players from her former school in Clyde, Ohio, in the stands, finished with nine points and seven rebounds in her homecoming.

“We are just going to continue to get better. We have,” Moren said. “We’ve shown moments where it didn’t feel that way, but I thought tonight, we keep taking steps forward.”

IU trailed Ohio State by only one point, 35-34, at halftime. In fact, the Hoosiers lead after a 3 by Buss made it 21-20 with 7:45 left in the half.

But out of the locker room, OSU outscored the Hoosiers 15-5 to start the second half. The scoring duo of Ameryst Alston and Kelsey Mitchell again proved too much for the Hoosiers; they each poured in 24 points Sunday, including six 3s for Mitchell.

Forward Alexa Hart contributed 18 points for the Buckeyes (16-8, 8-4), as the Hoosiers were outscored in the paint, 36-24.

“At the end of all of this,” Moren said, “we are going to feel good about the progress that we have made with this team.”

4 comments

  1. T. Moren being positive in a challenging situation with a lot of upside providing in years to come that she can recruit (2) blue chip big girls to play forward and center Plus keep current nucleus of players will equal success in big ten and national level.

  2. Certainly a big difference than the first time we played them in our place. In the first game we were down 49-17 at the half, yesterday we were down 35-34 at the half. The coach’s decision to slow the game down was instrumental in the result. I have seen Ohio St. play 4 times this year and you can’t run with them, they are way to athletic. Mitchell leads the nation in scoring and Alston averages 20 points a game, they are next to impossible to stop. They got their points yesterday but, the unexpected result was Hart getting 18 points. State scored 17 points off of our 14 turnovers which again goes back to the Northwestern game. But, all in all we played pretty well yesterday on the road against a really good team. We had 5 players in double figures and Cahill was 1 point away. Gassion’s double-double stood out. Illinois comes in Wednesday after beating Minnesota by around 15 points in a game I watched last week. We will need a strong effort to get a win, Go Hoosiers!!

  3. congratz again to the girls for another strong second place finish and for not getting beat as bad as ohio st beat them last time.

  4. What is wrong with so many Indiana University basketball “fans”?
    I am worn out with the constant criticism of Coach Crean (and now coach Moren) by folks who probably know less about basketball than I do, which says a lot.
    Anybody can find fault.
    I personally support BOTH IU coaches, and feel certain the women will improve markedly next year when Liz Stratman finally gets to play (after sitting out a transfer year), and we get two big freshmen.
    Every player with any significant playing time this year returns next year.
    Take it easy folks, nobody with a brain thought this year was going to be a great one for this women’s group of essentially all frosh and sophs.

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