IUWBB: Hoosiers beat Purdue again, advance to WNIT quarterfinals

Indiana picked up its third win of the season over Purdue and advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals with a 73-51 victory Thursday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers with 24 points and six assists. Freshman Jaelynn Penn added 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Kym Royster and Bendu Yeaney also finished in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. 

IU was strong out of the gates, hitting 6-of-7 from the field to storm out to a 15-6 lead. A 10-2 run would eventually push the Hoosiers’ advantage to 19-8, but the Boilermakers answered with an 8-0 spurt to cut the deficit to three.

But the Hoosiers benefited from baskets by Cahill and Yeaney to push the lead back to 23-16 heading into the second. The Hoosiers kept their foot on the pedal, taking a 28-16 edge on a three-point play by Buss.

Second-chance points proved beneficial to the Boilermakers’ efforts, though. A third-chance 3-pointer by Karissa McLaughlin cut the IU lead to 28-23. A putback by Dominique Oden made it 32-27 with 3:51 left in the half, and the lead was down to three, again, with 2:29 left.

IU went on a 6-2 run to end the period, including a 3 by Buss, and went into halftime up by seven, 38-31. Buss had a game-high 14 points at the half, and Penn had 12. Oden led the Boilermakers with 13, and McLaughlin had eight.

Purdue had eight offensive rebounds and a 10-2 edge in second-chance points at the break. IU, on the other hand, held a 10-2 advantage in fastbreak points. IU shot 51.7 percent from the field in the first two quarters, while the Boilermakers were at 38.2 percent.

But IU asserted itself late in the third quarter with an 11-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Buss with three seconds left on the shot clock. Bre Wickware then registered a putback in transition to make it 59-39 heading into the fourth quarter. IU outscored the Boilermakers 21-8 in the period.


  1. Won by more than 7 which was my prediction. Early this season and last year IU ladies were susceptible to give up double digit leads during later in second half and lose the game. IU ladies have turned that in their favor and are much better at completing the entire game. Of course playing at home is a huge advantage. T. Moren teams are usually hard to beat at home. One thing that has really helped IU ladies (it has helped other teams as well) is they got rested and continue to get rest between games. It helps a team like Indiana to reflect and they have improved so much in developing team chemistry. Some of the freshman are not freshman anymore. Big Excellent win.

  2. This was a great win to say the least. Anytime you beat Purdue, it’s special. The largest crowd since 2012 (5,500) was incredible! The atmosphere was electric! This was the type of crowd this program deserves, it would be great to see this again Sunday afternoon for our next game.
    This was a great team win with contributions from everyone. Four starters in double figures and terrific contributions from the bench; Warthen, Wickware and Marchese were excellent. 15 Purdue tournovers turned into 25 IU points. Although Purdue had 17 offensive rebounds, they couldn’t make up for poor shooting caused by IU’s stout defense. Go Hoosiers!!!

  3. UC Davis will probably be the opponent in my opinion. They are one of those good California teams. 6’4″ center and a good one with some help.

  4. Great crowd indeed and really inspires our team. Oden is a load Penn did what she could but Oden got 20 pts. Linsey and Kym did a nice job on Harris who was 1-11 fga. Loved Kyms pump fake and step thru really been working on that and it works on a shot blocker like Harris. Mich. St lost in OT tonight so IU is the only B1G team still playing in post season. I have to agree with Mike , we probably get enjoy Buss and Cahill more in the nit that we would have the other. Of course the players would never agree with that. Hopefully the crowd will show up again on sunday to root us on.
    Go IU !

  5. t
    UC Davis it is. I listened to the game, and UC Davis simply refused to lose.
    They have won their last two NIT games on the road.
    Won’t be easy Sunday, but the IU women are really playing well right now.
    GO IU!

  6. IU ladies have at least as good as chance if not better to win NIT. 1. It is a thing of beauty to watch a team grow and develop during the course of the season. That would be IU ladies. This is a great credit to T.Moren and staff and the players, themselves. 2. Home court in the gym plus IU ladies FANS.

  7. I do agree with a poster from about a month ago…Time to get with the last century. It should be the IU women’s team/program for comparison/reference purposes…rather than “ladies”(unless their shorts are still not allowed to show their ankles).

    1. t,
      Yes, IU is the only Big Ten team left playing. Of course, from an NCAA Tournament standpoint, the early exits of Ohio State and Maryland do the teams on the bubble no favors for the future.

  8. I believe I mentioned in my post above that IU is the only team left in post season play. I believe they have a better than avg. chance to win it all. Playing these games at home doesnt hurt their chances.

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