IUWBB: No. 12 Ohio State buries Indiana early in 85-70 loss

A lopsided first quarter doomed Indiana in an 85-70 loss at No. 12 Ohio State.

OSU started the contest on an 11-0 run. IU closed to within 15-7, but then the Buckeyes went on another 12-0 burst and went on to lead 32-13 through one period of play.

Ohio native Kym Royster produced a career-high 22 points, adding eight rebounds. Senior Tyra Buss scored a team-high 24 points, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Freshman Jaelynn Penn had 10 points.

IU (7-8, 0-2 Big Ten) has now lost four out of its last five games. The Hoosiers will head to Penn State (9-6, 0-2 B1G) next for a 7 p.m. Wednesday contest.

IU finished the game hitting 37.1 percent of its shots. OSU connected on 44.6 percent of its shot attempts.

Reigning Big Ten player of the year Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 22 points. Linnae Harper added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Stephanie Mavunga recorded a double-double with 14 points and 16 boards.

After a torrid first quarter, the Buckeyes (13-2, 2-0 B1G) cooled off slightly in the second quarter, only outscoring the Hoosiers by one point to take a 46-26 lead into halftime. There was a stark difference between the two team’s shooting percentages at the break, though.

IU hit 11-of-31 from the field (35.5 percent) while OSU converted 19-of-38 (50 percent). The Hoosiers knocked down 2-of-9 from beyond the arc. IU also turned the ball over 10 times.

Royster was IU’s most effective player in the first half, with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

The scoring pace accelerated for OSU and IU in the third quarter, with the Buckeyes winning the quarter, 27-23.


  1. Non competitive, Ohio State kind a let IU ladies keep it under 20. Ladies settled down a little and competed better also, however OSU had another gear if needed. In to many cases a couple of players taking shots that have no chance of going in. They may hit the rim or back board way to hard not even close to going in. Lack of touch in traffic. This really is frustrating for IU ladies because you get 0 points for trying to work hard to score. This is and has been deflating this year and causing them to look like grandma’s trying to play unsure lack of hard crisp movement. I will give Buss and Royster a pass on this because both did make some plays and overall K.R. played like a warrior. T.B. made some 3’s and hit her ft’s. The IU ladies will win some games against the middle to lower half of big ten if they play through T.B. This can open things up for rest of team hopefully scoring and playing in traffic and under pressure.

  2. Folks, this is my first post on the IUWBB Hoosier Sports Report. I have followed IU women’s hoops for years and try to watch when possible. First of all, my comments are meant to be taken as constructive, as the women’s team really does put out tremendous effort and they seem to be great kids and students. But I must say Today’s broadcast on ESPN 2 frankly shocked me.

    I live out of the area, though in Big Ten Country (and am an IU Grad). And this is the first time I got to watch a full half (up here, ESPN cut to another game at halftime) this season. These are my observations: First, I may be wrong but Tyra looked to me like she has lost a lot of weight. I’m looking at last year’s New Year’s Eve game vs OSU and compare it to today and she looks much thinner. Also, while she seemed to have the same stamina and drive as always, Tyra just seemed a bit off kilter and somewhat fatigued. Also, Amanda looked very sluggish, like she may be under the weather. Unfortunately, she missed some easy shots that she would have easily made in past years. Both Jaelyn & Kim were strong and active today. In addition, I think Linsey has a lot of potential and I believe she is vastly under utilized.

    As I have followed the team all year, but this is the first time I’ve seen them play, I respectfully submit that Coach Moren (Who I think has done a great job in her tenure at IU) is not making full use of her bench. If you’re down by 20, what can it hurt to put in Linsey and some of the other Freshmen (and Bre) to give them valuable experience & to see what they can do. This team should have been greatly hyped up for this game and they mostly looked tired. I’m interested in whether any of you agree. Happy New Year!

  3. This is what you get when you play a team that is better than you at every position on the floor. Now some may take issue with that because of Royster’s big game scoring but, when you look at Mavunga ‘s stats you will see she scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and had 5 blocked shots. This is a very good team that has only lost twice this year to top 10 ranked Louisville in overtime and to #14 ranked Duke. So while this is not a surprise, I am sure some will castigate the team for the score? Of course it didn’t help in the first quarter when Amanda picked up 2 quick fouls and sat a ton of the first half. Uncle Buddy, nice observation about Linsey, I have said this all year long, she needs more minutes! Many of us who consistently follow the Hoosiers have made the same statement about the lack of minutes for the bench. Go Hoosiers!

  4. Same stuff every game. Even everyone on this board agrees. Not enough bench minutes bexause there isnt a bench. What is there isnt being developed. We are going to waste buss and cahill’s final year because we didnt recruit any help for them. And getting beat by a team (MSU) with more Indiana kids than we have is salt in the wound

  5. Its no doubt Ohio st. is very good and deserved of their ranking , but early on in the game we were missing shots just like last game and this put us in the deep hole that we could not climb out of . A big congrats to Kym on her career game in front of her home state family and friends. Her improvement is quite evident and too bad more of her teammates have not improved. As for Marchese it seems she would get more minutes if she could become more aggressive inside. Also Warthen and Wickware are being wasted. Yes I know same old tired statement but true. This is going to be a tough year for the hoosiers as there are many good big ten teams, even Penn State who just barely lost to Maryland and is on the docket next for us.

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