IUWBB: IU falls to No. 23 Miami, 89-75

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Indiana took a one-point lead into halftime but fell to No. 23 Miami 89-75 at the Florida Sunshine Classic Sunday.

Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers with 28 points, including 15 in the first half to help the Hoosiers (7-3) to a 40-39 lead at intermission. But the Hoosiers couldn’t keep up the Hurricanes, who shot 55 percent from the floor in the second half.

“They really came out and torched us in the third quarter,” IU head coach Teri Moren said of Miami’s 30-point period. “Then we fought back in the fourth quarter, and that’s all you can ask for from your kids. Pleased with their fight, but unfortunately we are obviously not happy we came up short.”

Buss powered the Hoosiers in the first half with drives to the basket as well as her outside shot. IU took a 19-14 lead following a layup, plus a free throw, and a 3 by Buss. Another trey by Buss made it 29-18.

The Hurricanes then went on a 14-0 run and retook the led, 32-29, with a post move by freshman Emese Hof, who finished with a team-high 26 points and 14 rebounds. Miami scored 44 points in the paint and outrebounded the Hoosiers 44-31, including a 15-9 advantage on the offensive glass.

It was back-and-forth much of the second quarter, though. Laura Cornelius hit a 3-pointer to give Miami a 39-38 advantage seconds before half. Alexis Gassion answered with a layup to beat the buzzer and give the Hoosiers a one-point advantage.

But the Hurricanes came out of the locker room firing, going on a 9-0 run and then an 8-0 run to get out to a 64-50 lead with 2:53 left in the third quarter. Moren credited Miami for its defensive adjustments on Buss in the second half.

“That’s why Miami made the adjustment, to eliminate her from our offense, basically,” Moren said. “That is where (Gassion and Tyshee Towner) and our other guards … have to adjust to that. We can’t lose our minds. We’ve got plenty of stuff offensively we are going to be able to run if Tyra Buss isn’t at the point for us.”

The Hoosiers were able to close to within eight points, 75-67, with 6:44 remaining. That is as close as they would get, however. Miami went on a 6-0 run to expand its lead back to 85-71 with less than 3 minutes left in the contest.

Gassion added 19 for IU. Amanda Cahill finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Buss was 3-of-4 from 3-point range and also had seven rebounds to go with four assists.

The Hoosiers will play their second game in the Florida Sunshine Classic at 7:15 p.m. Monday versus West Virginia (9-2).

4 comments

  1. Again we play a team that is more athletic and bigger than us and we pay the price. We were out rebounded 44 to 31 with Miami gathering in 15 offensive rebounds.. While Kym Roster is a good athlete, it was very apparent that her lack of strength is going to be a real test for her in the conference this year. In her 5 minutes of play in the first half she had inside position and had her hands on at least 3 rebounds but the ball was wrestled away from her by bigger stronger players. Buss, Gassion, Cahill and Anderson had pretty good games but, the other 5 players that saw the floor only scored 5 points among them. Through the course of the 3rd quarter, Miami had a 9-0 run and 2 other 8-0 runs that basically decided the game. We were outscored by 14 points in the paint.
    Miami is a very good team that lost their first game of the year Saturday night to # 4 ranked Baylor. We were up one point at halftime but, Miami’s athleticism really showed in the 3rd quarter when they took control of the game. The West Virginia game tonight will be a tough test for our girls, they are always very physical and very athletic.

  2. At least the ladies are playing COMPETITION.. Except for Notre Dame, the boys can’t seem to get it together except for the high school teams they have been playin’….

  3. #2 post you are correct about the competition. The men’s basketball team is 3 wins and 3 losses, if you take the cupcake teams out of the win-loss record. You only get better if you play better teams.

  4. Our bigs were having a hard time getting good position on offense. Lots of out of position shots around the rim… Rebounds were very hard to come by as well. Like you say MikeC, Miami was just more athletic.

    By the time Cahill started driving the lane instead of posting up in the third quarter it was too late. Perhaps more slashing from Cahill (on top of Buss) would have muted the Miami’s center’s stellar post defense.

    Hopefully we can get more production from the bench tonight. Overall, very pleased with the teams effort.

    Go Hoosiers!!

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