IUWBB: Hoosiers best UT-Martin in WNIT opener

Indiana claimed a first round win Thursday in the WNIT, 74-50, over UT-Martin at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

IU freshman Jaelynn Penn led the Hoosiers with a career-high 25 points. Seniors Amanda Cahill and Tyra Buss had 14 points apiece. Junior Kym Royster added 10.

IU jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Skyhawks answered with a 7-0 run of their own to tie it up. But the Hoosiers had another 7-0 run in them, taking a 14-7 advantage on a corner 3-pointer by Bendu Yeaney. IU went into the second quarter ahead, 23-14.

Penn was a real catalyst in the first quarter of a half, scoring 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including a 3-pointer. Her final points of the half made it 32-25 with 6 minutes left in the second quarter.

UT-Martin cut it to 32-29, but IU would push its lead back out to 38-31 on a layup by freshman Keyanna Warthen. But Kendall Spray, who scored 12 points in the first half, hit a 3-pointer to cut it to four. A 3-pointer by Cahill extended the IU advantage to 41-34, but a layup by Spray made it 41-36 at half.

Penn continued her scoring in the third quarter with another eight points, bringing her to a new career high. She also grabbed an offensive board and hit Cahill for a corner 3. As a team, the Hoosiers outscored the Skyhawks 20-7 in the third quarter and went into the fourth with a 61-43 advantage. UT-Martin hit 3-of-13 from the field in the third.

But the Skyhawks closed the gap early in the fourth with a 3 from Spray to cut it to 61-48. IU missed its first three shots and hadn’t scored heading into a timeout with 6:52 left. But the Hoosiers picked it back up with a 12-2 run, including a steal and a lay-in by Buss.

5 comments

  1. A very nice game coming from a 2 week layoff. The first half was basically even with neither team playing much defense. Tennessee Martin shot 58% and we shot 56% from the floor. But, in the second half after some great adjustments by the coaching staff we held them to 21% shooting from the floor. While Jaelynn Penn put on quite an offensive performance (He best of the year), the play of Linsey Marchase really stood out to me. Her defense on Martin’s center (Jenika Mason) was really impressive! As Mason continued to try to post up inside, Linsey really smothered her causing her to force tough shots inside and also blocking 2 of them. She has played physically tough defense inside all season long and it continued last night. IU shot 54% from the floor for the whole game. We also only turned the ball over 11 times which is quite good.
    We had a very enthusiastic crowd on hand which was nice. I would really like to see a larger crowd this Saturday when we play Milwaukee in out next game. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. With heavy pressure on Buss and Cahill great to see Penn come up strong. We need her to be consistant though. A star in the making for sure.

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