IUWBB: Hoosiers prevail at Oakland, 59-32

Despite a bevy of turnovers and a second-quarter cold spell, Indiana left Oakland with a 59-32 road win on Sunday.

Juniors Brenna Wise and Ali Patberg led the Hoosiers with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Freshman Aleksa Gulbe provided 10 points in the fourth quarter as IU improved to 2-0 on the season.

But it was a sloppy game on both sides. IU turned the ball over 26 times on the afternoon, while Oakland had 17 errors and hit just 18.5 percent of its shots.

Wise led the Hoosiers out to a great start, draining a 3-pointer on their first possession. On her second time down the floor, Wise drew contact on a drive to the rim and sunk both free throws to make it 5-0.

IU hit eight of its first nine shots on its way to a 23-3 advantage through one quarter. Oakland hit just 1-of-16 from the floor in the first 10 minutes.

But the Hoosiers caught the Golden Grizzlies’ cold in the second quarter. IU missed its first 12 shots and didn’t score until Grace Berger found Kym Royster under the basket for a three-point play with 52.3 seconds left in the first half.

Oakland benefited from 11 first-half points from Kahlaijah Dean — and 14 turnovers from the Hoosiers — to keep a 26-12 margin going into the locker room. The Golden Grizzlies hit just 4-of-30 from the field in the first two quarters.

Dean led Oakland with 14 points. Taylor Jones, who was averaging 23 points per contest, scored 13 versus the Hoosiers, hitting 5-of-18 from the field. The Golden Grizzlies shot 5-of-24 from 3-point range.

One positive in the fourth quarter was Gulbe. The freshman from Latvia deposited a layup with 6:46 left to push the Hoosiers’ lead to 48-24. She drained a midrange jumper a half-minute later, and then the 6-foot-3 forward stepped behind the arc for a 3-pointer with 4:39 remaining. An offensive rebound and putback, plus a foul, capped her day.

Despite that second-quarter cold spell, the Hoosiers made 42 percent of their shots Sunday. They also out-rebounded Oakland, 49-30.


  1. Although the score was quite comfortable, IU did not play well. The first quarter was huge when we got out to a 23-3 lead at the end of the quarter but, as the article explains, we went almost scoreless in the 2nd quarter. The thing that was a strong point for the girls was our defense which held Oakland under 20% shooting from the field. This was an ugly game to watch with a total of 43 turnovers combined by both teams. Our rebounding was a plus today without a doubt. Going scoreless for over the first 7 minutes of the 2nd quarter was a bit disturbing. But, this is why the big lead in the first quarter was so huge.
    I would certainly hope that we shore up the turnover situation. Bendu Yeany has really been struggling offensively, although I am not real sure how she turned out, I do know that late in the 4th quarter she was only 1 for 9 from the floor. Ali and Brenna were really pretty good offensively and Aleksa had a terrific 4th quarter. It’s a good thing that we are now off for a week to get ready for our next game. Go Hoosiers!

  2. Early in season. The most positive thing is T.Moren teams improve a lot as season goes along. The biggest challenges involve team development and finding themselves and gel as a team. This includes individuals play at their strengths. It is just to early to see how good this team will be. Currently, they are not that good. Hopefully, for IU Gulbe will make herself known. How about Penn?

  3. This was a tough game to watch as it was very sloppy as IU had 26 turnovers against a bad team. Wise and Patberg are mainly carrying the team till Penn and Yeaney get healed up and back in form. Im sure moren will have them clicking as they get a few more games under their belt and get players fully healed, a week layoff may help. At least the defense it appears improved.

  4. The good:
    Nice game for Aleksa Gulbe with 10 pts, 7 reb, and 3 blocks in 20 minutes on the (ugly) floor. She looked a bit more comfortable and relaxed than in the first game. Combined with Brenna Wise (14 pts, 6 reb) the 4 produced 24 pts and 13 reb. Nice job.

    The bad:
    26 mostly careless , unforced turnovers. 26 times the possession (the state of having, owning, or controlling something) of the ball seemed to have no value to the player in control of it.
    A lot of wind sprints in practice could be the cure!

  5. Yes, Im sure there will be a price to be paid for being so careless. I feel Gulbe will be a fine addition to this team once she becomes more familiar with her new teammates and not necessarily pts per game, things she can do with her size. You dont see a lot of 6′ 3″ who are that comfortable with the ball in the hands out on the perimeter, blocks , rebounds, and DEFENSE.

  6. Not related to the game, but ESPN has next year’s recruiting class ranked as #18 in the country.

  7. Besides that for those who have not watched any highlight clips of Mackensie Holmes you want to take a look, besides avg 21 pts a game and 5 blocks,, when she grabs a reb she is not looking to just pass to a teammate, her first look is down court. She has a great outlet pass not normally seen on an incoming freshman.

  8. bvance I just saw that #18 recruiting class ranking today. It looks like more great talent arriving next season to add to an already talented and athletic group. Is it signing week ?

Comments are closed.