IUWBB: Hoosiers down Rutgers, 64-58

Indiana pulled out its third-straight Big Ten win with a 64-58 victory over Rutgers on Saturday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Amanda Cahill, Kym Royster and Jaelynn Penn each produced 14 points. IU went 25-of-29 from the free throw line to 7-of-13 for Rutgers.

Both teams went through a prolonged drought from the field in the fourth quarter. Amanda Cahill hit a 3-pointer with 3:30 left in the period to give IU a 51-49 lead. Tyra Buss hit another a little over a minute later to put the Hoosiers up 54-51.

Cahill came up with a big block on Khadaizha Sanders with 1:22 left, and the ball went to the Hoosiers. Jaelynn Penn was nearly caught by a Rutgers trap, but ripped through it, drawing a foul, and hit two free throws to make it 56-51.

Rutgers answered with a steal of a Hoosier inbounds pass and got to the free throw line to cut it to three.  But free throws from Buss and Bendu Yeaney pushed the lead to 60-53. Rutgers threatened, closing the gap to 62-57, going to the line with 11.7 seconds left. But the Scarlet Knights made one of two, making it still a two-possession game.

The difference in the first half was the free throw line. Rutgers was 2-of-7 from the charity strip through two quarters, while IU hit 11-of-12 from the line. Cahill was 4-of-4 from the line, Penn and Linsey Marchese were 2-of-2, and Kym Royster hit 3-of-4.

Cahill and Penn each had 10 points at the half. Cahill hit a couple of big 3s, one to put the Hoosiers up, 7-6, and another to give IU a 21-16 lead in the second quarter. Buss hit another big 3-pointer to give IU a 36-28 lead late in the first half. IU went into halftime up 36-29.

Rutgers really turned it on in the third quarter, oustcoring the Hoosiers, 20-10. Two three-point plays by Royster helped IU keep it close. Other than Royster’s two free throws, the Hoosiers did not get to the line int he third. Rutgers didn’t, either, but the Scarlet Knights hit 10-of-15 from the floor.

9 comments

  1. This was an ugly game to say the least against probably the best defensive team in the conference. They are a very tough team to score on as was evidenced this afternoon! When Rutgers applied their full court press, we struggled mightily. We found a way to persevere at the end although it was a little scary. We only shot 40% from the floor but won the game at the free throw line late. This team has continued to get better and better each game since the middle of the season. Today’s game would not have been won 3 weeks ago. But, the freshmen have improved with each game and hung in there to grit it out. Rutger’s size and athleticism caused us all kinds of trouble all game but, we persevered. Rutgers defense held us to 40% shooting but we won the game at the free throw line. At least the girls now get to rest for a couple of days before preparing for Northwestern. Coach Moren mentioned in the post game press conference that they have some tired legs. This week of no games until Sunday will help big time. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. It was obvious from the get go that Stringer was not going to let Buss have any breathing room let alone a good shot. This was the one game in this home stretch that I had my doubts but this team fought with their own aggressive defense and in the end weathered the storm. Our improvement of our young players is quite evident with each game and now a nice break of a week before next game. I see Penn as no longer playing like a freshman and it is a pleasure to see her athleticism along with her 80% ft shooting. Good to see K.R. getting out of her slump too. Lets continue to improve with each game and get more wins. Go Hoosiers!

  3. What a fabulous victory for the IU women.
    The back-to-back threes by Cahill and Buss were huge, as were the pair of three point plays the old fashioned way by Kim Royster. Nobody had a bad game.
    Just felt that the ladies were giving 110% every minute of the game.
    I have no idea how they can continue to play such good defense in the fourth quarter with so little depth.
    I just know it’s fun to be a fan right now.

  4. Rutgers can’t beat us because they can’t score. They are always a great defensive team but never have any real scorers besides scaife. They do tend to make other teams play “ugly basketball”

  5. Nice win against a very athletic and tough team. An energetic crowd provided a fun environment for a great afternoon at the Hall. Super job by everyone nailing their free throws the entire game and again holding their own on the boards. This game was an example of how balanced this team really is. The guards scored 34 points, the 4/5 positions scored 30. Also a great job by the coaching staff for their in -game adjustments and I loved the wrinkles on the defensive end.
    It is now a 6 game regular season with the next 2 at home.
    Go Hoosiers!

  6. We have a great opportunity to get to .500 in both conf. and season, just keep in mind that NW only lost to Maryland by 3 pts at home.

  7. Getting T.B. and A.C. to go out above 500 is now within reach. It is fun to see T.M. and staff teach the ladies (fresh and even K.M.) how to win rather than lose.

  8. I watched the recent Neb . at Iowa game and Im here to tell you Neb. is no joke. They had 56 pts at halftime and continued to dominate on the road. I mention this since we face both of these teams coming up. Luckily we have Neb at home on Senior day, then finish the season at Minn and at Iowa.

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