IUWBB: Hoosiers claim 71-63 win over UAB

Indiana won its first of two games at the Hilton Concord Classic, 71-63, over Alabama-Birmingham on Friday.

Senior point guard Tyra Buss led all scorers with 22 points. Forwards Amanda Cahill, with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Kym Royster, 12 points and 13 boards, both finished with double-doubles. Cahill, a senior, also had four blocks.

” I thought Tyra, Cahill, and Royster did some really good things today,” IU coach Teri Moren said. “Some of the things that Amanda does don’t show up on the stat sheet as far as her hustle. I thought Tyra made plays when we needed to make plays and Kym was our anchor on the low block.”

Freshman guard Jaelynn Penn added eight points and five rebounds, while classmate Keyanna Warthen finished with seven points.

The Hoosiers earned Friday’s victory via defense and rebounding. UAB (3-1) shot 37.3 percent from the field, while IU shot only slightly better, at 41.3 percent. At the free throw line, the Hoosiers weren’t great, either; they hit 52.2 percent from the line.

““At times, I thought we did some good things and at times we left points out there,” Moren said. “We were miserable from the free throw line and that’s something we are going to have to focus on and get better at.”

On the other hand, IU came down with 16 offensive rebounds, and dominated the glass, in general, with 46 boards to UAB’s 34.

It was tied 19-all after the first period. UAB led by five points with 8:57 left in the second quarter, the Blazers’ largest lead of the game.  But IU tightened up, and held IUAB scoreless for the finals 3:32 of the first half. The Hoosiers led 37-32 at the break. 

IU’s largest lead, up by 15 points, came with 6:18 remaining in the third. UAB reduced the deficit to six,  67-61, with 1:45 remaining, but that is as close as the Blazers would get.

“Overall, it was great we could bounce back after a night like we had on Monday (versus Chattanooga),” Moren said, “and we have to get ready for a good Saint Mary’s team tomorrow.”

9 comments

  1. I listened to the game on the radio, sounded like for the most part we played well defensively. So far this year we have been a very good rebounding team again winning the battle of the boards tonight 46-34. Of course having two girls with double-doubles (Cahill &Royster) helps that. Cahill is really on a roll with a double-double in all 5 games this year. IU only had 12 turnovers tonight which is pretty good for a team playing so many freshmen. The one thing that is very worrisome is our terrible free throw shooting 12 for 23. Our lack of hitting free throws among other things led directly to the Chattanooga defeat. For those of you who do not follow women’s basketball avidly, St. Mary’s is a very good program! We will really have to play well to win tomorrow. Go Hoosiers!!!

  2. Anyone know time of tomorrow’s game? Any t. coverage? It looks like ft shooting will determine success of season. Team shoots over 70% ladies will have successful season. Under 70% IU ladies will have unsuccessful season.

  3. I also listened to the game. Cahill and Royster were beasts on the boards which is how we are winning games. Free throw shooting is atrocious at 52% 3pt shooting even worse at 35%. Im sure they will improve from the line eventually but we wont win many games 6 for 21 from 3 pt land. Nice to see Marchese getting more minutes, this team will need her more and more as time goes on. Sounds like saint marys might be an even better team than uab. Hopefully we will hit some shots. Go Hoosiers!!!

  4. Saturdays game is at 5pm. St Marys appears to be a high scoring team. They are avg 83 pts a game thru 4 games. Even in their loss to Cal who was ranked at the time they still scored 80 pts. We better be hitting some shots along with solid defense.

  5. t, go to iuhoosiers.com, then go to “menu”, click on “sports’, scroll down to “women’s sports”, click on to “basketball”, go to the “Indiana heads to the Hilton Concord classic on Friday & Saturday”, click onto that, scroll down to Indiana at St. Mary’s. You will read where it says TV Broadcast. (The W .tv). a “Game Center” screen will come up, Although it says 2:00pm, that will be 5:00pm our time. I am assuming that if you go to this, you may be able to pick up the game at 5pm?
    Steve W, yes, it was good to see Marchese get 16 minutes of play, sounded like she played really well. Go Hoosiers!

  6. Im thinking the coaching staff was happy with the effort against St Mary’s but not the outcome. Was able to watch the game streamed with a banner but no play by play. There was a technical called assuming it was on the IU bench. IU was able to hang with the high powered Gaels shooting 16-20 at the free throw line and 52% from 3 pt line. IU was out rebounded for the first time but Im sure that came about because Cahill fouled out with 7 minutes remained in the game. Besides Buss’s 24 pts Penn had 21 pts 9 reb. Yeaney added 15 pts on 3 3pts made 4 reb.
    So now we have both the men and women with chances in the national spotlight to show what they are made of . Duke coming in on wed and Louisville on thurs. Some food for thought Louisville recently beat #22 ranked Michigan by 25 pts.

  7. I also watched the St. Mary’s game. I thought we played a very good team pretty well on their court. I will not mention the players that SteveW mentioned but, it was good to see Linsey Marchese get 16 minutes in both games out there. She played pretty well especially defensively.
    The Louisville game Thursday night will be a real challenge! I watched them earlier this year beat Ohio St. in Columbus in overtime. Their best player, Asia Durr torched the Buckeyes for 47 points. Durr is an amazing player and Louisville has a ton of talent around her. It should be noted that the game tomorrow is an 8pm start as opposed to the usual 7pm start. Go Hoosiers!!

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