IUWBB: Hoosiers fall to No. 19 DePaul, 84-69

Turnovers doomed the Hoosiers in an 84-69 loss to DePaul in Chicago Thursday during the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT.

With the loss, Indiana (2-1) is out of the tournament. The Blue Demons (3-0), ranked No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, will move on to play Baylor, No. 4 in the Associated Press, in the championship game Sunday.

Amanda Cahill led the Hoosiers with 15 points and eight rebounds. Tyra Buss and Karlee McBride joined her in double figures with 10, while Jenn Anderson, Lyndsay Leikem and Alexis Gassion each finished with 8.

Indiana led or was tied with DePaul through the entire first quarter. Five different players scored, and the Hoosiers hit 64.3 percent of their shots. But there were seven lead changes in the second quarter, and the Blue Demons took a 42-39 lead into halftime thanks to their pressure defense.

While the Hoosiers shot the ball well, finishing at a 54.5 percent success rate, they had 23 turnovers, including 14 in the first half. The number of errors the Hoosiers had in the first half tied the number they had in all four quarters of a win over No. 24 Chattanooga Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

DePaul didn’t relent and established a 62-49 with 2:37 left in the period. By 4:55 left in the fourth quarter, the Blue Demons had established a 77-57 lead.

DePaul shot 46.7 percent on the night and committed 13 turnovers. Megan Podkowa led the Blue Demons with 16 points. Ashton Millender finished with 15, and Brooke Schulte added 13.

The Hoosiers next contest will be Tuesday at IPFW.

6 comments

  1. A tough night for the women. I had made the statement in an earlier post about DePaul’s pressure full court defense and that was a major issue in our defeat. DePaul scored 28 points off of our 23 turnovers which was the deciding factor in the game (we only had 10 turnovers against Chattanooga). While we shot 54.9% from the floor (28 for 51), DePaul took 24 more shots from the floor than we did which was due to the turnovers. When a team gets that many more shots from the floor than you do, it is very difficult to win! While we had 3 players in double figures and 3 other players with 8 points, it was apparent that we simply were not getting as many opportunities to score the ball again due to turnovers.
    If you have ever been to DePaul, it is an incredibly tough place to play! It is a small gym with seats right up on top of you and when the other team is very talented it makes for a very difficult environment. Another thing that hurt us was only shooting 7 for 17 from the foul line which is a bit disturbing. Their defensive approach caused only one player for us to get double figures in shot attempts (13 for Gassion) which again is due to their frenetic pace in their full court pressure. All in all this will be a game we can learn from which will help us tons in the long run. The one encouraging thing that comes from this game is the fact that we did shoot such a good percentage (54%) on the road. These are the types of games that we need in order to prepare ourselves for the conference. I am certainly glad we have stepped up in our scheduling for this season. Now lets see how we respond in our next game? Go Hoosiers!!

  2. I too previously made mention of Depauls full court pressure that would continue most of the game and led to the hoosiers downfall along with many missed free throw opportunities.
    There has been no mention of it yet that I can find on Buss’s wrist injury. It was quite obvious she was bothered by even after trying to play with it tape wrapped later on. Not that IU could have come back without the injury but it could have made some difference. Im hoping they dont find that its broken, that would set IU back big time for the season. They had a big icebag on the wrist after the game.

  3. Yes, and DePaul lost to ND by about 12 in NCAA tournament last year. They have some size plus they are a pretty veteran team that included last years players. I give credit to T. Moren and staff +IU women bb for bringing on competition. Rather than padding win column this gives a more accurate picture of where team is and identify areas for needed growth. Then, improvement of program can continue to be implemented.

  4. Yes raising the competition level early on before the BIG starts can only be a plus and the team and coaches all realize that. But I am a bit vexed at Morens statements about using Royster more but against Depaul used her less.

  5. I attended the game.
    While I don’t think the officiating was biased, it was certainly not very good.
    The officlals chose to simply not call any fouls on either team, which resulted in one of the fasted paced and most physical (more like dirty) women’s games I have ever attended.
    It is no wonder Tyra got hurt. The game was simply out of control.
    That played right into DePaul’s hands, but certainly prepared our women for rough Big Ten games.
    The IU women are going to be VERY good this year.

  6. Yes sorry to see Tyra get hurt[still havent heard the outcome of the injury] but Moren definitely toughened up the schedule and will only prepare them better for the big ten , win or lose in these tournaments. Royster needs to play more to improve and as she improves will make the team that much better and stronger on the inside. Then of course there is still Walters to recover from her concussion who will in time be able to deliver from the outside. Hopefully they will be able to improve on the 4 win big ten from last year and the 5 win miller coached team the year before.

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