IUWBB: Indiana falls to No. 5 Ohio State, 97-70

Despite a five-point halftime deficit, Indiana succumbed to the scoring power of No. 5 Ohio State in the second half of a 97-70 loss Thursday.

The Buckeyes (11-3, 3-0 Big Ten) went on an 8-0 run to close out the third quarter with a 12-point lead. Kelsey Mitchell, who had eight points at halftime, scored 15 in that period.

OSU then went on a 13-3 run to start the fourth quarter. In the final 10 minutes, the Buckeyes outscored IU (9-6, 1-2 Big Ten) by a 30-15 margin.

IU head coach Teri Moren said coming in to the game that OSU had potentially four WNBA players; all four of those players reached double figures. Mitchell, who came in to the game second in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.7 per game, finished with 23. Shayla Cooper also had 23. Ameryst Alston produced 14, while Alexa Hart contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Tyra Buss finished with a team-high 19 points and seven assists for IU. Amanda Cahill had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jenn Anderson, 14 points, and Jess Walter, 11, also finished in double figures for the Hoosiers.

After hitting less than 39 percent of their shots in the first half, the Buckeyes finished the game 39-of-84 (46.4 percent) from the field, including 6-of-17 from beyond the arc. OSU also pulled down 23 offensive rebounds, and IU committed 16 turnovers.

The Hoosiers move on to face Purdue on the road, which will be their 10th game in 14 away from Assembly Hall.

9 comments

  1. For some reason I am only allowed to comment on certain articles at certain times. I didn’t want anyone to think I had nothing to say! I think I’m being silenced! Defense was not okay if our opponent scored almost 100 points. I don’t care what theyre ranked! This isn’t the NBA

  2. As usual Hoosierfan continues his negative approach to IU women’s basketball. I was amazed that we were still within contact of the buckeyes midway through the 3rd quarter having already seen them play 3 times this year. You may not care what they are ranked (#5) but, they have lost 3 games this year to # 1 ranked UConn, # 2 ranked South Carolina by 8 points and # 3 ranked Notre Dame by 3 points. They also beat # 8 ranked Maryland last week at their place for their first defeat in 2 years in the conference. Hoosierfan wants to ignore this! Debbie Antonellie, women’s college basketball analyst said last week during the Maryland-Ohio St. game that the buckeyes are probably a final 4 team. So, OK hoosierfan lets ignore all of that? This team is the most talented team in the big 10 as well as one of the most talented in the country! Their size; 6′ 5″, 6′ 3″ 6’0″ starting and two 6′ 2′ s off the bench make for a tough matchup for anyone. Their athleticism with Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston along with 6′ 3″ forward Alexa Hart is more than most teams can handle. Alston and Mitchell (defending national scoring champ from last year) are possibly the best guard combination to EVER play women’s basketball. They are averaging around 45 points a game between them as they did last year. How do you stop this?
    Lets do point out several positives for the Hoosiers from last night. Buss was very good continuing her strong 3 point shooting over the last 8 games (16 for 34), last night she had 19 points and 7 assists with only 1 turnover. Amanda Cahill continued her strong play with another double, double, 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jess Walter finally got her offense going with 11 points including 3 for 4 from 3 point line. Jenn Anderson had 14 points and 7 rebounds. We needed a couple of other players to step up but, it didn’t happen last night. The big crusher last night was being out rebounded 50 to 36 with the buckeyes getting 23 offensive rebounds. We also had 16 turnovers to only 6 for Ohio St. Although we played one of the top teams in the nation last night, Hoosierfan is upset with our team’s performance defensively? In the future when we are bigger and more athletic, we will more than likely be a better matchup for such a team. This Ohio St. team is the REAL DEAL and is a tough matchup for anybody in the nation as evidenced by their record against the schedule they have played this year. Our team played hard last night but, were over come by sheer talent, it happens. Go Hoosiers!!

  3. Speaking of Alford….Wow…just..wow. Bryce got some game…Did anyone else catch the game-winning step-back triple he hit against Arizona last night? And right in front of Russell Westbrook in his court level seat….Pretty cool stuff. They are lovin’ their Alfords in UCLA. Bryce had an awesome courtside interview with Bill Walton right after the big bucket(which was only one of many he hit to go along with six assists).

    And how ’bout Nic Moore at SMU.!? Some fine Indiana sharpshooting bloodlines filling up the screen of ESPN highlights last night.. These are the sorta of proud Indiana accomplishments that should take the space of Hoosier Mornings instead of the hate-filled words of a ranting Dakich spitting at Knight. Positive new messages from current awesome Indiana hoopsters instead of the chalkboard scratching of negative has-beens.

  4. correction:

    ….instead of the chalkboard scratching of negative has-beens [not even has beens].

    Dakich is total gas…He’s more of a ‘has-beans.’ I should talk……(no I shouldn’t, said MikeC-cup).

  5. I still would like to see a double-header with maybe Ohio State or Purdue. Women’s game followed by men’s game. Increase the visibility of the women’s game and could make for an exciting weekend for Bloomington?

  6. I think some posters have made comments about us shooting more free throws at home not so much on the road. The last four road games we have shot two more free throws then our opponents total. The last 4 games at home we have shot 76 yes I said 76 more free throws than our opponents. CoacH Moren ok spent most of the 3rd quarter complaining to the rest and consequently we got lots of calls the rest of the way. at Wisconsin all her complaining got her was a technical foul. Try to be a little fair and balanced. Do we have a different design on the road?

  7. Ron, that would be interesting. I know D2 schools do that on a regular basis to help with the travel budget. My daughter goes to UINDY and it is nice to see 2 games for the price of one even though their women’s team is stuffing this year but their men’s team is pretty good. Even took Bruce Pearl’s Auburn team to overtime.

  8. Mike, ignore the Hoosier Fan posts they aren’t worth your time to comment on. Please keep making your positive posts on the team. I have season tickets to the women’s games and wish the team more success in the future. It’s good to see the level of women’s basketball in the Big Ten getting better.

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