IUWBB: Indiana falls to Auburn, 71-67

Indiana blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead in a 71-67 loss at Auburn on Sunday.

Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers with 23 points, but IU (4-2) shot 39.6 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers. Those errors helped fuel a 19-4 run for Auburn (6-1) to end the game.

IU led 31-30 at halftime but outscored the Tigers 22-9 in the third quarter to establish a big cushion. Karlee McBride started the fourth quarter with a 3, giving the Hoosiers a 56-39 lead with 9:51 left in the final period. The advantage was 63-52 in IU’s favor with 5:09 remaining after a 3 by Buss.

But the Tigers went on a 15-0 run, including a 3 by Brandy Montgomery to make it 63-61 and two free throws by Montgomery to tie it at 63-all with 2:51 left. Erica Sanders hit a jump shot with 39 seconds left to give Auburn a lead.

At that point, IU started to foul, and Katie Frerking hit two free throws to push Auburn’s advantage to 67-63 with 27 seconds remaining. Ten seconds later, Jenn Anderson converted a post bucket, but Janiah McKay answered with two free throws.

After Buss sank a pair of freebies, McKay hit two more with one second left to set the final score. Montgomery led the Tigers with 28 points, and Frerking had 21.

Amanda Cahill, with 10, and McBride, with 11, also finished in double figures. Cahill, however, fouled out, and Anderson and Amber Deane each finished with four fouls. IU outrebounded the Tigers, 35-24. Auburn finished at 46.2 percent from the field.


  1. Looks like IU ladies are in with about 25 to 50 teams after top 10 who are pretty equal at this point. Improvement is key and hopefully these road scenarios will pay dividends as season develops.

  2. I did not see the game but, I did tape it on the SEC Network. I am currently out of town but will Watch it when I return home late Monday. Without seeing the game, it is apparent what caused this defeat other than poor shooting by simply looking at the box score. Auburn scored 33 points off of our 20 turnovers! Our 3 best players; Buss, Cahill and Gassion had 15 of our 20 turnovers. That simply can’t happen if you are playing a good team. It really can’t happen against any team but, a good team will really make you pay. I may have a different viewpoint after I see the tape of the game.

  3. I did see the game and that is the best defense the ladies have seen this year . Its just too bad after building a 17pt lead that they couldnt hold it. It appears that constant pressure wore us out by the fourth quarter. The defense made normal passing difficult even though as Moren had related that we practiced against 6 players to try and relate the pressure. That pressure was from beginning to end and auburn had the players to do it. Hopefully all the team is going thru right now will payoff later during the conf. schedule.

  4. After watching the game on tape, I agree with you Steve W that this was the best defensive team we have seen this year. But, as I had stated before, the 20 turnovers were back breakers as they lead to 33 points. And although we out rebounded Auburn by 10 over the course of the game, during the final 2 minutes of the 4th quarter when Auburn took the lead, we allowed 5 offensive rebounds which really hurt us on 2 consecutive Auburn processions. Moren mentioned in her postgame that she thought due to Auburn’s constant pressure, Buss Cahill and Gassion wore down? That, to my way of thinking is her fault for not giving those 3 kids a blow a minute or 2 each quarter. As it turned out, Gassion and Cahill played 34 minutes each but, Buss played 39 minutes while Tia Elbert who is supposed to be Buss’s backup only played 1 minute? Why not have Elbert give Buss a minute or 2 break each quarter to keep her fresh for the 4th quarter, our depth is supposed to be a strength this year? Just wondering??

  5. So with this second loss IU no longer has even a single point in the rankings, good. When IU knocks off Ohio St on new years eve it will look even bigger.

  6. Mike this is true those 3 vets were more than wore down and they needed a blow, but it seemed in my mind that Moren was saying without saying it that she didnt trust anyone else against that kind of pressure . As best I remember is was when they had that 17 pt lead that Buss did get a minute’s rest by Elbert. There were some dumb passes being made against that trapping zone in the half-court. Three times in a row Buss tried to force passes into the paint and got stripped and Auburn capitalized on those and that hurt. That was the beginning of the end. So to your question could they have used more of the bench for those front line players to give them a blow or would that have backfired, I just dont know. I would say Moren knows her players and especially her bench. Im sure when they practiced against 6 players she found out who could and who could not.

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