IUWBB: Hoosiers pull out win at Michigan State, 69-65

Indiana held on for a Big Ten road win at Michigan State on Saturday, 69-65.

The Hoosiers (9-12, 2-6 Big Ten) led by as many as 26 points in the second quarter but saw their lead slowly wither away. A 45-32 advantage at halftime reduced to 61-53 heading into the fourth period.

The Spartans (14-6, 4-3) had an opportunity to tie with eight seconds remaining on a Branndais Agee 3-pointer, but it went in and out.

In the end, this was a big win for an IU team that came up short against top 25 teams Michigan and Maryland in consecutive road games. IU will return home to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall to play Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The win came, in part, on the strength of a hot-shooting first quarter for the Hoosiers. Senior Tyra Buss finished with a game-high 28 points, with 16 of those coming in the first 10 minutes. Buss, who became the first Hoosier women’s basketball player to surpass 2,000 career points, hit her first seven shots, including five from 3-point range.

As a team, IU hit 86 percent of its shots in the first quarter to take a 33-14 lead. The Hoosiers edge was 42-16 in the second quarter, but MSU outscored the visitors 16-3 in the final six-plus minutes of the first half.

IU went into the break with a 9-of-10 success rate from 3-point range. Senior Amanda Cahill, who finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, started the third quarter with another 3-pointer to push it to 10-of-11.

MSU steadily closed from there. Michigan State had four players in double figures, led by junior Jenna Allen’s 16 points. Agee, Nia Hollie and Victoria Gaines scored 10 points apiece.

One of the biggest shots of the game, however, came from IU freshman Jaelynn Penn. With the Spartans down 65-62, the Hoosiers’ 5-foot-10 guard drained a 3-pointer from the corner to make it a six-point lead with 2:34 remaining.

That would be the Hoosiers’ last field goal of the game, but it was enough. Gaines hit a 3 with 1:36 left to cut it back to three, but Agee missed and IU held on.


  1. Absolutely great win for IU on the road against a quality team that beat them in Bloomington a few weeks ago by around 20 points. The team has been getting better and better against some really good opponents and tonight got the job done! The confidence this team is now showing is becoming apparent in their play! They played with grit and determination today as a team and certainly deserved this tough win. They now come home for a 4 game home stand of winnable games. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Nice road win. All the freshman combined only committed 3 turnovers…. outstanding job! Now we need to hold serve at home for the next four games . 1 down, 6 to go. Just keep shooting just keep shooting.

  3. Great win.

    The women’s program hasn’t been this consistently competitive in a long, long time.

  4. This team has deserved a win like this for a while. With all of their problems (lack of depth, so much reliance on freshmen, too many minutes for the Seniors, etc.), they have refused to give in to feeling sorry for themselves, and have continued to fight on.
    Left 11,950 unhappy Spartan fans in their wake this afternoon….So proud of this team!
    If these ladies can beat MSU at MSU, just what games left on the schedule are not winnable? Didn’t say they will all be easy, but they’re certainly all possible.

    1. NatHillV I totally agree that this team is capable of winning their remaining scheduled games. They need to limit the turnovers to 10 or less and convert their layups and put backs ( they left 10 points on the table yesterday). They can hold their own on the boards and are starting to shoot with confidence. Their ball movement was great in the first half yesterday and is improving every game.
      This team deserves Hoosier Nation to come out and support them during this home stand.
      Go Hoosiers !

  5. Great road win, glad they could hold on to get the win. Perhaps a bit of a trap game for the Spartans, nevertheless our group was red-hot from 3 pt land and we needed every bit of that in the end.. Now at home we should be able to get some wins, watch out for Rutgers as they are listed at #15 in the top 16 reveal, the only other team besides OHio State. Still we can pull it off. Still I have to repeat what others have said we have left pts on the floor, too many easy uncontested bunnys that were blown of recent. Its a layup for pity sake, how many of those do you practice in your life. Overall great win on the road , we know how difficult it is to win on the road in the big ten , men or women.

  6. Should be beating any team like this that doesn’t take us seriously. In other news go tyra! 2K points scored now let’s try to win double digit games this season!! If basketball was an individual sport we would be on fire!!

  7. How often does a team hit that high of a % especially from 3 first quarter? Give credit they. IU ladies won. IU ladies will have to win shooting a more reasonable (high %) from distance, play defense, rebound, take care of ball, and offset the somewhat drop in % from distance by making their layups and scoring inside. IU ladies really cooled off in second half and struggled to score. Though MSU got physical with IU ladies with their size , IU ladies hung on for victory. How will the rest of teams play IU ladies left on schedule and how will IU ladies be able to respond without luxury of hot hot hot 3 point shooting (more realistic good shooting) during first quarter?

  8. If the girls play well they will beat Rutgers, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin..possibly minn and Nebraska as well

  9. I wish that I lived within 75 miles of Bloomington. How could you not drive in to watch Tyra and Amanda, the two best “one-two” women players in the history of IU Ladies Basketball? Keep on winning. Send these seniors out with a Tournament appearance.

    1. I live 55 to 65 Minutes away from Bloomington in Plainfield, In. Love the Hoosier guys and gals. Haven’t missed too many of either of their games since 2008. Another guy named Miller turned the gals game around. Tyra and Amanda were both recruited by him. Hope to see some more midwest gals come to IU.

  10. Ron, you are right, Hoosierfan can’t help himself, he has to take a shot even in victory ? This team is playing so hard fighting through several players inexperience. They have played so hard against many of the best teams in the country on the road. Instead of taking a shot at an individual player, why not just compliment the team for a hard earned victory and leave it at that? His criticism is getting tiring and old to say the least? It must be very irritating for him to watch a game on tv and listen to the commentators go on and on about the greatness on Buss? Go Hoosiers!

  11. T.B. IS A GREAT BB PLAYER BUT A GREATER PERSON. WHAT AN EXAMPLE, AMBASSADOR, AND REPRESENTATIVE SHE HAS BEEN. T.B. COMING OUT OF H.S. IT COULD HAVE NOT BEEN ANY BETTER FOR HER AND IU. Being the competitor she is, a few more wins and a championship/s are always on her and any competitor’s wish list. There is so much to be thankful for with T.B.

  12. When she first signed with the Hoosiers she sounded too good to be true. Like many I thought she might struggle in the Big Ten.

    She has been unbelievable.

  13. I love how with each game this team is beginning to develop the personality of their coach, which is an intense desire to succeed. Even when the offense is not working the defense is there and that is why they were able to have close games with Mich. and Maryland. Lets hope this win has given the team the confidence to go thru this homestand with many wins- Go Hoosiers!

  14. Agree, Chet. I am not sure what she thought or the coaching staff thought. However, she is an athlete and a really good one. I overlooked and am surprised at T.B’s competitive nature (super girl high) and her willingness to work super hard consistently during her career. She didn’t say well I made it to IU and that’s it. She continued the super hard very coachable hard work which correlates with her competitive nature.

  15. Someday, we will all look back and understand what a profound difference Amanda and Tyra have made in this program.
    For now, let’s all just enjoy the rest of the season !

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