IUWBB: Hoosiers fall to No. 10 OSU, 77-62

It wasn’t Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell that hounded the Hoosiers, but the reigning Big Ten player of the year’s team downed Indiana, 77-62, on Saturday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Mitchell finished with 15 points, but senior forward Stephanie Mavunga finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten). Linnae Harper added 19.

The Hoosiers (8-11, 1-5 B1G) received 20 points from freshman Jaelynn Penn and 15 points and 10 rebounds from senior Amanda Cahill.

Ohio State jumped out to an early 9-0 lead, including seven points from senior forward Stephanie Mavunga. IU missed its first eight shots. Heading into the first quarter, it was 22-9, OSU.

Kelsey Mitchell, after not taking a shot in the first quarter, connected on 3-of-4 from beyond the arc on her way to 11 second-quarter points. Penn matched the Buckeyes’ star with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, but the rest of the Hoosiers weren’t able to keep up.

At half, Buss was 1-of-6 from the field. Junior Kym Royster was 1-of-5. Combine that with 14 first-half turnovers, and the Hoosiers found themselves behind, 43-27, at the break.

Mitchell would get shut out in another quarter in the third, and the Hoosiers would outscore the Buckeys, 22-18, in the period. A 3-pointer from Tyra Buss cut the lead to 46-39 with 1:23 left in the third quarter, but OSU’s Linnae Harper capped the quarter with a 3-pointer and a jumper to push the Buckeyes’ advantage back to 61-49.

In the third quarter, Cahill buoyed the Hoosiers with 10 points. IU went into the fourth quarter with a better shooting percentage (44.4) than OSU (42.3). But the Buckeyes were 11-of-23 from 3-point range at that point.

OSU held on in a low-scoring fourth quarter. Mitchell finished the game shooting 4-of-15. Buss hit 4-of-14 from the field, including a late 3 to cut it to 73-60.

 

10 comments

  1. Season ticket holder for several years and have followed the program for 20 plus years. I realize the competition is damn good, but I expected more out of this team and quite honestly…Moren has had long enough to establish herself as a coach and recruiter. Frustrated!

  2. This game was lost because of the turnovers as stated. Two freshmen totaled 13 of the turnovers. Ohio St. is the #10 ranked team in the nation and we get to go to # 11 ranked Maryland on Tuesday and then to Michigan St. who already beat us at home a few weeks ago. Yep, how about the schedule? Although Jaeylnn Penn had a terrific offensive game today with 20 points, she also added 8 turnovers. Amanda Cahill had a very good game with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Ohio St. had 4 players between 20 and 12 points with the fifth starter (Asia Doss) lacking one basket of having a 5th starter in double figures. Doss did a tremendous job of defense on Tyra Buss. Ohio St. scored 22 points off our turnovers which was the difference in the game. It will be interesting to see how we do in the conference against teams that are not ranked?

  3. Turnovers are out of control..over 20 is just unacceptable. We could have pulled off an upset if we had taken better care of the ball. I would credit Ohio State with that if turnovers hadn’t been bad all year. That combined with buss being silent most of the night is what killed us here. Also a very closely( but not poorly) called game for what i expect inside assembly hall.

  4. My pre game analysis was not even a little bit correct. No chance of upset. It is different for Cahill and Buss especially playing with established players last couple years along with a couple others who are no longer here vs. this year’s freshman. IU ladies after last year besides graduations couldn’t afford to lose a couple of players that are no longer with them.

  5. Besides the turnovers the thing struck me the most was the disappearence of Buss. The seniors are expected to lead , going 0-4 early on from the FT buss clearly was not focused or was a bit under the weather , even Moren hinted that she looked tired. To me she looked that way from the beginning of the game. I think the team is improving but to be so young and inexperienced and having this stretch of ranked teams would tough for even a more experienced team which we are not. No doubt the team will get better but will it be too late.

  6. Turnovers and missed free throws . Really good teams don’t play like that.
    IMO this team is capable of scoring a lot more from beyond the arc if we utilized the right players and LET THEM SHOOT when open and in rhythm. Maybe even run some sets specifically for them.
    Tyra has a career mark of .305 from behind the arc. Amanda shoots the 3 at a .375 clip for her career. Bendu is at .390. Bendu and Amanda should be taking the majority of the 3 point shots , not Tyra. The numbers don’t lie.
    Once we are a threat from the outside we will become a complete team.

  7. Respectively Fan, you are correct. It does demonstrate where IU ladies basketball program is currently. They are not able to absorb last year’s loss of players and play what is a very challenging schedule this year and have winning record. The close to best and top programs usually can.

  8. Thank you T,
    Totally agree with you and , we don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know, I like this team even with the losses they are gritty. They have fight in them that can’t be taught.

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