Hoosiers’ streak snapped at Iowa

Indiana’s eight-game conference winning streak was snapped Saturday in a 75-62 loss at Iowa.

IU (16-13, 9-7 Big Ten) had no answer for Hawkeyes forward Megan Gustafson, who produced 36 points and 15 rebounds. The Hoosiers hit 13-of-26 from 3-point range but shot 32.8 percent (21-of-64) from the field overall.

Senior Amanda Cahill led IU with 14 points, while freshman Jaelynn Penn scored 13. Senior Tyra Buss had 12 points, and freshman Bendu Yeaney added 10 points. IU’s eight-game streak in conference play tied for the longest series of Big Ten wins in program history.

The junior Gustafson, the nation’s leading scorer, started out hitting her first five shots of the game. She led the Hawkeyes (23-6, 11-5) on a 16-0 run and a 20-8 advantage through one quarter. She went into halftime with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hoosiers trailed 42-24.

During the course of Saturday’s game, Buss hit two more landmarks. She passed Tisha Hill’s career assists record of 533, giving the Mt. Carmel, Ill, native the program records for points, assists, steals, and free throws/attempted. Buss also became the first player in program history to surpass 600 points in three straight seasons.

For the most part, Buss struggled. After scoring 37 and 36 points in consecutive games, the senior guard connected on 4-of-15 from the field on the day. Penn was 3-of-12 from the field, with all of her makes coming from beyond the arc. Junior forward Kym Royster was 0-of-5 from the floor.

As a team, the Hoosiers shot 8-of-38 (21 percent) on their 2-point field goals.

With the win, Iowa secured a double bye in the Big Ten tournament. Because Purdue lost to Michigan State on Saturday, IU slots in as the No. 7 seed and will play either Penn State or MSU on Thursday.

PSU holds a tiebreaker over MSU with a win in the regular season, but the most likely scenario is MSU (7-9), because PSU (6-9) plays current No. 1 Ohio State on Sunday. Rutgers (7-8) plays Northwestern, but, even if the Scarlet Knights lose, they beat MSU during the season.

IU and MSU played twice in the regular season, each winning on the other’s home floor. MSU was IU’s first loss in a 1-6 start to the conference season, but a road win at MSU sparked the Hoosiers’ eight game winning streak. MSU lost its next six games in conference, but the Spartans have now won three out of their last four.

Shay Colley, who missed the second IU game with a knee injury, played against Purdue and scored 21 points.


  1. Iowa’s day. Not really to close as game was determined in first quarter. Inside play by Iowa established early on offense and inside length smothered and intimidating IU’S offense throwing shots at rim rather than confidently running offense. Iowa guarded a tired T.B. Iowa big girls are good. IU ladies need a third or fourth wind to win a couple games in big ten tournament. I thought IU ladies had a better chance to beat Iowa than Minnesota because Iowa was coming off road earlier in week. However, is celebrating senior day as IU ladies did last Saturday. Not a good game by ladies but I was going to be happy with a split in last games and that is what IU ladies got. The work towards more than a solid season continues.

  2. Of course it put to much pressure on IU ladies offense and affects confidence and rhythm with Iowa having a scoring machine inside (similar to Tyra scoring when she gets in the zone sometimes) to go along with inside defense.

  3. Amazing how senior day seems to give some teams that extra motivation. IU was never in this game from the get go. Tired, no energy, however you wish to assess it, but never had an answer for Gustofson. Iowa seemed to be very hot and IU was missing many shots at the rim early that might have helped them. Now Moren has to regroup the troops and hopefully have a second wind and win a couple games in the tourney. But give Iowa their due, thoroughly out played IU on this day at almost every position.

  4. I also thought we finally ran out of gas at Iowa. Everybody looked worn out.

    But if somebody had told me we would end the season with an 8-1 run, I would have thought they were goofy.
    Swartzy (spelling?) was optimistic, but I’m not sure even Swartzy was that optimistic.
    Certainly a great finish to a slow start this year.

    Coach Moren gave Linsey Marchese a little love in her radio pregame show. Anybody else notice the pick she put on some poor Iowa player today? She’s going to be GOOD.

  5. Was Iowa’s day from the jump. Shots off the rim and falling in. It happens in hoop and we certainly have had our days.
    That Iowa girl hit a Marchese freight train ( lol ) Thought she played decent against Gustafson. Believe she only gave up 8pts on her.
    Also , believe Key played well for her 9 minutes.

    Off to B10 Tourney. Keep Positive and Roll hard IU.

  6. Tough day from the field. We couldn’t get a layup or any shots to fall for most of the first quarter. FAN I agree that Marchese did a nice job and has been playing very sound as of late. She will be a very, very good post player in this league.
    NatHillIV I predicted 7-2 to finish the regular season. I didn’t have enough faith I guess. So glad I was wrong.
    Today was only a small bump on the road to success.
    Keep on keepin’ on!

  7. Poor Iowa girl ran into a brick wall with name Linsey Marchese on it. She should get better and better for what she can do. Still love the play of Key. 9 min. played and 9 pts. a point a min. I can live with that. Needs to play more as she is also quick and can run the floor, needs to work on her fts. Hopefully it was just a bad day for IU on Iowa’s senior day.

  8. I don’t think I have ever seen an IU team miss so many layups? As some have suggested, the team may have been tired, if they would have hit half their layups, they would have been in the game. This was a great run by the girls that gives them a huge boast heading into the tournament.
    As far as the game, it was a terrific effort by Warthen which was very good to see for the team. She has not played well most of the season which in fact may be to limited playing time. She is a very good athlete who could really help us. I agree with the others that she played very well against as good a center as there is in the country. She played much better against Gufstuson than Kim did, Kim simply got overpowered by her. She is not physically big enough to stop her.
    The girls simply need to get some rest before the tournament. Go Hoosiers!

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