IUWBB: Indiana drops Big Ten opener to Wisconsin, 73-69

Indiana dropped its Big Ten opener to Wisconsin, 73-69, on Thursday at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin senior Nicole Bauman led all scorers with 24 points, including a 3-pointer following her offensive rebound to give the Badgers (5-6, 1-0 Big Ten) a five-point lead with 51 seconds left.

IU (8-5, 0-1 Big Ten) had closed to within 64-62 via a Tyra Buss layup with 2:14 remaining. Buss, who led the Hoosiers with 16 points, scored nine of those points in the fourth quarter. Amanda Cahill registered her third double-double of the season, with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Hoosiers got off to a slow start. They trailed 35-27 at half, even after a basket by Jenn Anderson with time expiring in the second quarter. In that half, IU hit 36.7 percent of its shots, including 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. For the game, the Hoosiers hit 4-of-12 from 3-point range.

While the Hoosiers won the rebounding battle, 36-25, turnovers were again an issue. They committed 16 errors, leading to 24 points off of turnovers for the Badgers.

Going into the fourth quarter, IU had closed to within three points, 52-49. That lead reduced to one point, until Bauman hit a jumper, followed by an offensive foul on Anderson and a technical foul called on the IU bench to continue a 10-1 run to start the fourth quarter.

Buss snapped that run with a 3, and her layup eventually brought the Hoosiers to within two points. But Bauman’s 3-pointer to push the lead back to five ended up being too much for IU to overcome.

Jess Walter, who started for the second straight game, hit a 3-pointer with time expiring to make it a four-point loss.

Alexis Gassion joined Cahill and Buss in double figures with 10 points. Anderson and freshman Kym Royster each scored nine. Dakota Whyte added 17 points for Wisconsin.

IU will return to Assembly Hall to play Michigan (8-4, 0-1) at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3. The Wolverines dropped their opener to Purdue on Thursday, 65-63.

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  1. The biggest point in the ball game was when we were down 64-62 with 2:14 to go and Wisconsin had the ball, they maintained control of the ball for almost a minute and a half getting 3 offensive rebounds with Bauman then hitting the 3 point shot which basically put the game out of reach. If we could have just grabbed a rebound after Wisconsin’s first miss we would have had an opportunity to tie or lead? Also shooting only 61% from the free throw line was instrumental in the loss. Yes, the turnovers hurt but, the lack of hitting our free throws and the inability to grab a key rebound down the stretch was fatal. The ironic thing was we out rebounded Wisconsin 36-25 through the course of the game.
    Nathan Jessup, I saw your post on the football article referring to women’s basketball, addressing your question about increased size next year. you are looking this a little skewed, Losing 6′ 1″ Lindsey Leikem and gaining 6″ 1″ Bre Wickware cancel each other out, gaining 6′ 3″ Darby Forseman and 6′ junior college center Bailey Broadnax makes us quite a bit bigger than this year. Anytime you add a 6′ 3″ player and you don’t lose one that tall, you are most assuredly getting bigger. Also we gain quite a bit of athleticism next year by adding Tia Elbert and Ria Gulley. Height and athleticism is where we are behind other teams in our conference.

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