IUWBB: Hoosiers best Purdue, 72-54, for first B1G win

Indiana picked up its first Big Ten win Saturday with a 72-54 win over Purdue at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Tyra Buss, who was honored pregame for breaking the school’s points record at Penn State, finished Saturday’s game with 19 points, nine assists and five steals. Senior Amanda Cahill produced 16 points, six rebounds and six assists. Junior Kym Royster also added 17 points. Freshman Jaelynn Penn finished in double figures with 11 points.

IU (8-9, 1-3 B1G) shot 58.3 percent from the field to Purdue’s 34 percent.

As well as Indiana played in the first quarter, Purdue played as poorly. The Hoosiers hit 7-of-11 from the field, including a buzzer-beating layup by Buss, pumping her fist and bouncing off the court as the home crowd roared.

Purdue, on the other hand, came off the floor with a 2-of-12 success rate from the field in the first quarter. The Boilermakers turned it over seven times, and went the final 4:30 of the first quarter — and the first two minutes of the second — without scoring a point.

IU finished the first quarter on a 12-0 run to lead 18-5 through a quarter. That lead ballooned to 26-7 with 7:30 remaining in the second quarter on a layup by Cahill.

At that point, the Boilermakers tightened up and went on a 8-1 run to cut the deficit to 27-15 just before midway through the period. IU scored five unanswered points until Andreona Keys hit a jumper just inside the 3-point arc to make it 32-17 at halftime.

Keys and Buss each led their respective teams with 11 points apiece at the break. Purdue hit 29.2 percent of its shots to IU’s 52 percent. The Boilermakers also had 12 turnovers to the Hoosiers’ seven.

IU and Purdue played somewhat even in the third quarter, but two big 3-pointers helped the Hoosiers maintain a 50-34 margin going into the fourth. Cahill buried a 3 in the corner to make it 44-28, and freshman Jaelynn Penn added another to make it 49-30.


  1. Very excellent win anytime it’s P.U. Good for 40 minutes with solid plays coming from team of ladies at varying times to maintain momentum. K.R. made a bucket as she was fouled not to long into 3rd quarter. This play stands out to me because she made a physical bucket in traffic and was fouled. This provided fuel for teammates to confidently maintain momentum and finish game and keep P.U. flat.

  2. So incredibly happy for all the Hoosier ladies.
    I felt that every single one of them played very well and with great intensity.
    Every single player on the team got to play and the joy felt for them by the fans in the arena was palpable.
    Almost 5,000 people there who were clearly into the game and had a blast.
    GO IU!

  3. D E F E N S E won this game with tyra leading the way shutting down Mclaughlin for 0 pts. For those who dont know Mac was indiana miss basketball last year. An overall incredible display of team defense which is what it would take . Luckily it did not fade in the second half when PU tried to make a stand. So now its out of the frying pan and into the fire as we are at 22nd ranked Mich. then home for a buckeye rematch. Hopefully there wont be a let down like last time we had a big win.

  4. As Steve stated, this game was all about IU’s defense. For the game Purdue shot 34%, but, in the first half they shot 29%. All shots were contested and the effort was incredible the whole game. This was undoubtedly the most intense the team has been all year long. Of course IU shooting 58% from the floor for the whole game was incredible. We have not shot the ball well at all this year. In the second half IU shot 65%. The whole team played with great intensity but the two seniors were special today. Buss had 19 points on 6 for 11 shooting, she had 9 assists with NO turnovers and 5 steals. Amanda Cahill may have played her best game of the year with 16 points, 6 rebounds 6 assists and 4 blocked shots. It was great to see Lynsey Marchese have another great 10 minutes off the bench. She plays a very physical brand of basketball for a freshmen which is tough to adapt to in your first year.
    We had an incredible crowd today with 4, 768 in the stands. The crowd was really into the game as Moren and Buss both stated in the post-game news conference. As Steve stated, we now go to Michigan Wednesday night and they are very, very good. Hopefully this win will give us great confidence heading up North. Go Hoosiers!!

  5. Overall it was a very solid game for us. We finally had sustained intensity and execution on defense and good execution on offense which resulted in high percentage shots. The crowd created a great atmosphere for a college basketball game and I would encourage everyone to attend next Saturday’s game against Ohio State and make some noise.
    Now as great as the team’s effort and end result was we still had to many sloppy, careless turnovers. When we clean those up we’ll be in every game for the remainder of the season IF we bring that same level of sustained intensity and execution.
    Go Hoosiers!

    1. Too bad one of the voices missing isn’t yours chet. They should have been playing on this level all along. See how much better buss plays when she isn’t worried about breaking records?

  6. This is typical of our naysayers, we win a big game and it is crickets. They claim they are real IU fans but never come on in a winning situation to say anything positive about our team. Wait until the next loss, they will be all over the message board spewing their negatives towards the coach and team. Go Hoosiers!!!

  7. Yes as Mike noted they will be the very first naysayers on the thread.
    As Moren noted at halftime Patberg and Wise had important voices in the locker room and would not let the intensity drop– a big congrats to them. Also noted was the possible extra points we let slip away by not hanging onto the ball. Nice minutes from Marchese like when buss missed a reverse layup and Linsey was right there for the follow up. The sizable crowd also huge in lifting the teams spirits. The very few wearing yellow never had a chance to get into the game. Our best team effort by far this season, hopefully the beginning of more good to come. Go Hoosiers!

  8. Sorry I’m late to the party. Old and RETIRED and don’t do anything but read the Star and drink COFFEE until 10am. Was at the game and they certainly came to play against PURDUE. Brought my Grandson and his wife and 5 yr. old daughter to the game. I have had season tickets for the last 7 or 8 yrs. and drive from Plainfield, In. Would like to see our fans from around Bloomington and the surrounding area to come out and see this entertaining group of young ladies. It is good to see the Freshman really beginning to contribute more. It was good to see Linsey Marchese get more playing time and Jaelynn Penn is as good as advertised. Can’t wait to see Ali and Brenna next year and how the new recruits come around.

  9. The women’s RPI Ratings currently have our schedule strength rank at #9 out of 343 division I teams. That is the toughest schedule I have ever witnessed for the Lady Hoosiers in all my years as a avid fan.
    Oh…. for the individual that posted on Dec 18 that the Virginia game ” had the skill level of a high school game ” you may want to consider not getting into the scouting profession. Virginia is undefeated in the ACC and tied for first place. The coaches have them ranked at #28 in the country and their schedule strength rank is 17. Just the facts.
    Let’s pack the Hall on Saturday.

  10. BTW, did anybody notice that Missouri beat top 5 ranked defending National Champion South Carolina this past weekend? Scwatzie, as you noted, the schedule bashers have their collective heads in the sand!

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