IUWBB: IU beats Nebraska, 79-68, gets third Big Ten road win

Indiana secured a top 5 finish in the Big Ten conference Wednesday with a 79-68 win at Nebraska.

Tyra Buss and Alexis Gassion each produced 22 points for the Hoosiers, which keeps the Hoosiers (19-10, 11-6 Big Ten) in a tie for fourth place in the conference with Minnesota. The Gophers upended No. 5 Ohio State, 90-88, in overtime Wednesday.

Minnesota’s win made the Hoosiers’ win at Nebraska – their third Big Ten road win of the season – that much more important. IU needs to beat Penn State at home on Saturday and for Minnesota to lose to No. 6 Maryland on Sunday to secure fourth place in the Big Ten and a double bye in the conference tournament.

IU got off to a fast start Wednesday, with 3s from Gassion, Cahill and Karlee McBride. That gave the Hoosiers an early 11-6 lead. On the night, IU hit 51.9 percent of its shots, including 11-of-19 from 3-point range.

The Hoosiers came out of the first quarter with a 22-20 advantage thanks to a layup by Tyra Buss with a second remaining. A 3 by Buss then put IU up 30-27 with 5:50 remaining in the second quarter. But momentum swung on a flagrant foul call on Buss soon after, which put Natalie Romeo on the line for two free throws.

A jumper by Jasmine Cincore gave the Cornhuskers a 31-30 lead, growing to 37-32 with 2:09 remaining, but IU was able to cut its deficit to one point, 39-38, at half.

IU then outscored Nebraska 19-7 through the first eight minutes of the third quarter, attaining a 57-46 lead on one of McBride’s four made 3s on the night. Cahill was also a perfect 3-of-3 from the 3-point line, and Buss and Gassion each hit two from deep.

Outscoring the Cornhuskers 22-12 in that third quarter, IU went on to maintain its lead in the fourth. On the night, the Hoosiers outrebounded Nebraska, 30-29, and also forced 18 turnovers on 10 steals.

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  1. IU gets an incredible win on the road at Nebraska to maintain their tie for 4th place in the conference standings. Minnesota with who we are tied with also won against Ohio St. tonight which sets up the biggest game of the year for IU this Saturday in Assembly Hall. All IU has to do to clinch 4th place in the conference and a double bye in the conference tournament is beat Penn St. Even if Minnesota would somehow beat Maryland at their place this weekend, IU would finish 4th because they beat Michigan St. this year and Minnesota lost to them in the only game between the two teams the way I understand it. I know I said this earlier but, I really don’t think Minnesota can win at Maryland
    About the game tonight, IU was a little bit tougher defensively in the second half tonight holding Nebraska to 40% from the floor after they shot well over 50% in the first half. IU hit 11 three pointers in the game tonight
    which is their high for the season. We also took advantage of 18 Nebraska turnovers by scoring 18 points off of them which was crucial in our victory. We shot 63% in the second half which allowed us to make 51% for the game. After trailing by 1 point at the half, we outscored Nebraska 22-12 in the 3rd quarter which gave us a 50-41 lead. Tyra Buss scored 22 points, had 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Alexis Gassion matched Buss’s 22 points and had 5 rebounds, 6 assists and secured 3 steals while also holding the Cornhusker’s great 3 point shooter (Natalie Romeo) to 5 for 15 shooting from the floor. Amanda Cahill had 15 points and 4 rebounds before she fouled out late in the 4th quarter. Our other double figure scorer was Karlee McBride with 12 points on 4 for 7 shooting from beyond the 3 point arc. Jenn Anderson had 6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal. She also made Jessica Shepard, for the second time in a couple of weeks work very hard for every point she scored which was 6 points under her average.
    This Saturday we play Penn St. in a huge game at our place, how cool would it be to have our largest crowd of the year for this all important game and senior night as we send off Lyndsay Leikem for her last home game? Go Hoosiers!!

    1. Quick correction — due to Minnesota’s win over Ohio State Wednesday, the Gophers now own the tiebreaker against Indiana since OSU is higher in the standings than Michigan State. IU could still get third if it beats Penn State and Michigan State loses to Ohio State regardless of what Minnesota does.

  2. Jon and Mike spot-on.
    Karlee was 4 for 6 on three point attempts, and I thought big IU buckets scored just as the clock sounded at the end of quarters and at the end of the shot clock had to be demoralizing to Nebraska.
    Huge team win.

  3. It would be interesting to see where iuwbb could go if the entire Hoosier fan base were to be more involved. Moren was a great choice for a coach. She knows the state and knows how to win in the big ten. It would be nice to see her stay at Iu even if other schools come calling. One would think at IU someone could build a strong brand of women’s basketball.

  4. There is a very nice article on the “Crimson Quarry” website this morning about Tyra Buss and the IU women’s program. The Crimson Quarry website very rarely EVER covers women’s sports at all, very nice to see. Look it up if you can, you will appreciate it! Go Hoosiers!!

  5. Though Nebraska was missing a couple players IU ladies did a good job of not falling behind more than around 5 points until they leveraged game in their favor. T . Moren called a 30 second time out during that part of game. T . Moren called another excellent time out late in the game to settle things down. Excellent win and fun program to follow that is representing university well from both players and coaches perspective.

  6. The IU women showed some great grit in pulling out the win, nice team effort, strong game from Lex who tied her career high pts. Im not so sure about Mikes comment on the common opponent win/lose concerning Mich st. You can also now say Minn beat Ohio St but IU lost big to them so Im not totally sure how a tie works out lets just hope the Gophers dont have enough to knock off the Terps at their place and IU gets 4 th place and the double bye with a Penn St . win.

  7. After rereading Sam Beishuizen’s breakdown of how the B1G finish could go its like this. If IU and Minn end up tied after the final game , because they will both have played the higher ranked Ohio St, Minn winning and IU losing Minn would have the tie-breaker and be awarded 4th place and the double bye, IU would get 5th place, C’mon terps- Go IU!

  8. This is only season #2 for Coach Moren and her staff. The results speak for themselves. This is turning in to a fantastic year. I wish that IU could get 2 recruits like Tyra and Alexis every year! GO Hoosier Women!

  9. Steve W., go to “IUhoosiers.com”, The IU athletic website. click on “Sports”, then click on “Women’s basketball”, go to headlines on the right and click on “No rest for IU amid post season push”. In that article the scenario for all of the remaining results was explained. That’s where I got the information concerning tie breakers for the conference tournament. I hope I interpreted it correctly? I would hate to report incorrect information.:-) Steve, I hope this helps?

  10. Obviously, the information I quoted yesterday was before Minnesota beat Ohio St. last night. Still doubt that Minnesota can beat Maryland over there. We just need to take care of what we can control and win Saturday! WE NEED a BIG crowd!

  11. From the Big Ten Conference Women’s Basketball site: A. Two-team tie:
    1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular-season.

    2. Each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings (or in the case of a tie for the championship, the next highest position in the regular-season standings), continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

    a. When arriving at another pair of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tie-breaking procedures), rather than the performance against the individual tied teams.

    b. When comparing records against a single team or a group of teams, the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1, but 2-0 is not better than 1-0).

    3. Won-loss percentage of all Division I opponents.

    4. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

    B. Multiple team tie:
    1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular-season.

    a. When comparing records against the tied teams, the team with the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1, but 2-0 is not better than 1-0).

    b. After the top team among the tied teams is determined, the second team is ranked by its record among the original tied teams, not the head-to-head record vs. the remaining team(s).

    2. If the remaining teams are still tied, then each tied team’s record shall be compared to the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings, continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

    a. When arriving at another pair of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tie-breaking procedures), rather than the performance against the individual tied teams.

    b. When comparing records against a single team or group of teams, the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1, but 2-0 is not better than 1-0).

    3. Won-loss percentage of Division I opponents.

    4. Coin toss conducted by Commissioner or designee.

  12. What a tangled web we weave. OK Hypothetically there is a 3 way tie Mich st , Minn , and IU. Going on the head to head IU beat both Minn and Mich St. gets 3rd , But if it comes to best winning pct. IU has the worst pct of the 3 and gets 5th. Wow , what a finish for position this final game will be for these 3 teams, nerve wracking to say the least.

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