IUWBB: Hoosiers start homestand with 69-55 win over Wisconsin

Indiana’s senior duo came up big in a 69-55 win Wednesday over Wisconsin at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Senior guard Tyra Buss finished with 27 points, while senior forward Amanda Cahill contributed 22 points and eight rebounds. Those boards put Cahill over the 1,000 mark for her career, making her one of three players in program history to reach that milestone.

With the win, the Hoosiers (10-12, 3-6 Big Ten) started a four-game homestand on a positive and will face Rutgers on Saturday.

IU started well against the Badgers, hitting 56.3 percent from the field in the first quarter. The Hoosiers’ lead was 21-8 after a backdoor pass from Cahill to Buss. But the Badgers’ Suzanne Gilreath hit a 3-pointer, and Wisconsin freshman Niya Beverley converted a last-second drive to cut the deficit to eight points heading into the second quarter.

IU extended its lead, again, in the second quarter. Cahill capped a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer to make it 33-19 with 3:02 left in the period. But the Badgers finished the half with a 6-0 run, including a three-point play for forward Kendall Shaw. That made it 33-25 at the break.

Buss led the Hoosiers at half with 11 points. She hit 4-of-5 to start the game, but went into the locker room at 5-of-10 from the field. Cahill knocked down all three of her 3-pointers in the first half, but she missed all three of her shots from inside the arc.

The Hoosiers really took advantage of the Badgers’ seven turnovers in the first half, taking a 12-2 advantage in points off turnovers through two quarters.

In the third, the Badgers were able to keep pace, more or less.  IU’s lead increased to 10  points, 48-38, heading into the fourth. After a 30.8-percent shooting effort in the second quarter, the Hoosiers hit 41.7 percent in the second, including 1-of-5 from the 3-point line.

But the Hoosiers pulled away some more in the fourth. Buss hit two crucial 3s, the first answered by Wisconsin senior Cayla McMorris. But Buss’ second made it 62-53. Cahill converted a bucket to make it 66-53.

Buss finished 11-of-20 from the field and 3-of-8 from 3-point range. Cahill was 9-of-15 and 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

4 comments

  1. Good start, good finish, pretty flat in the middle.
    Buss really did take over the game at the end it seemed.
    I heard that Coach Moren has not been working Tyra or Amanda as hard during practice, and that seems to be having good benefits.
    Beat Rutgers!

  2. Good start on the homestand, even as many as buss scored she left pts on the floor. Missed 3 layups in a row and was going for a 4th but it lucked in. Royster seems to be in a funk last couple of games But Marchese looking better each game for what she does. Congrats to the ladies on the win , now comes a tough one with Rutgers. They will need to play better to win that one.

  3. A good win while not playing with the edge we had in the last game. Wisconsin is not a very good team but, we played well enough to get the win. Buss & Cahill were really good tonight to say the least. They carried us through the game. Cahill got her 1,000 rebound tonight which is a great accomplishment. She is without a doubt the backbone of our team. While Buss continues to get numerous accolades , I would hate to think where we would be without Amanda’s steady play. I hope that Hoosier fans continue to come out to watch these two seniors because we are not likely to see 2 players of this quality for a long, long time. We have been watching something special in these 2 girls for 4 years!!
    Another thing about the game tonight, as Kym Royster continues her up and down play, Linsey Marchase played a terrific game tonight in her back up roll to Royster, Linsey played 21 minutes of excellent defense as Royster struggled with foul trouble. Coach Moren in her post game press conference stated that Linsey played better defense tonight than Kym did.
    On to Rutgers Saturday in the Hall, Go Hoosiers!!

  4. Good to see L.M. begin to make steady (somewhat a little slow) steady progress on her learning curve. IU ladies won and are working their way back or making some progress to previous level of past couple years.

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