IUWBB: IU downs Milwaukee, 68-66

Indiana squeaked out a 68-66 win over Milwaukee in Wednesday’s opener at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Redshirt juniors Brenna Wise (17 points) and Ali Patberg (16 points), who both sat out transfer seasons last year, led the Hoosiers in their debuts.

Offense didn’t come easy to the Hoosiers in the first half, who couldn’t find a player to really take over on that end.

Indiana led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter, led by Ali Patberg’s five points. She hit a free-throw-line jumper with seconds left in the quarter.

Milwaukee was bolstered by 15 first-half points from Jamie Reit. Brandi Bisping hit a 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 30-25 lead late in the second quarter. Patberg didn’t score points in the second quarter until the very end, when she squeezed through the paint for an and-1 layup to give the Hoosiers a 33-30 lead at half.

The Hoosiers hit 12-of-29 from the floor in the first two periods, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw stripe. Seven turnovers also slowed IU offensively.

Milwaukee went out on a 10-4 run in the third quarter to take a 40-37 lead, boosted by consecutive 3s by Megan Walstead and Brandi Bisping. But Brenna Wise hit a 3-pointer to even it up at 40-all with 4:29 left in the period.

Milwaukee cut into a five-point lead with a corner 3-pointer by Alyssa Moore to end the third quarter. IU led, 49-47.

In the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers were finally able to pad a lead. Patberg hit two free throws to put IU up, 51-50, an Grace Berger hit a free-throw-line jumper to make it a three-point lead. A technical foul on Milwaukee’s Ryaen Johnson put Patberg back on the line, who hit 1-of-2. She hit 1-of-2 again after a fastbreak to push it to 55-50, and a Yeaney drive pushed it to 57-50.

A three-point play from Wise made it 60-52, IU, with 6:06 left. An aggressive post bucket by Kym Royster made it 62-54.

But Milwaukee made a run, and the Panthers led 66-65 after a 3-pointer by Jamie Reit with 1:30 left. IU answered with a baseline jumper by Wise to make it 67-66.

Royster hit 1-of-2 at the line with 1.2 seconds left after a Milwaukee 3 came up short. Milwaukee had one final possession but couldn’t get a shot off before the clock expired.


  1. This was a very tough game for our girls. The offense was a struggle all night long. We shot 37% from the field for the game. We seemed to have relatively good shots but, for what ever reason, they simply did not fall for the most part. What I mentioned after the exhibition game about our lack of rebounding reared it’s ugly head tonight when we were outrebounded 42-37. This simply can’t continue to happen as the season moves on? In the last minute of the game their was a possession by Milwaukee where they got 3 shots at the basket to keep their possession alive and they eventually scored. The reason we won the game was because we hit 20 of 28 free throw attempts. Patberg alone was 9 of 15 from the line as she continually drove to the basket and was fouled. All in all it was great to get their first win but, as coach Moren stated in the post-game press conference, our defense needs to improve dramatically to continue winning! On to Saturday and Oakland on the road. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Who is going to exert their will by committee; with toughness and intensity and have the ability to take over games from opponents by committee when plays need to be made both, defensively and offensively and score fgs and fts. T.B. was definitely an extrovert in her play the past four years that did this along with A.C.

  3. Hats off to Milwaukee for a great game. They are a very well coached and deep team that played with great intensity for 40 minutes. Games like this will help our development a lot more than a blowout win over a very weak lower level team (i.e. IU men vs Chicago State). Some games the shots fall and some games they don’t. That’s basketball.
    The bottom line is we got the win, the freshmen got their feet wet, Brenna picked up right where she left off (17 pts, 8 rebounds an average game for her) , Ali showed why she is the floor general and leader, and the coaching staff had to coach. All in all it was a productive evening for the development of this team that ended with a win on their resume against a tournament quality opponent.

  4. The thing that bothered me was on the last possession was that nobody took charge. Each player that handled the ball acted like they couldn’t wait to give it to someone else which resulted in that terrible shot that Bendu took as the shot clock ran out. This team over the last few years was dependent on Tyra to handle the ball at the end of the shot clock. I was a little surprised that Ali didn’t take over at the end of that possession? I am sure as players learn their roles on this team this will change although, this team seems to be very balanced which is a good thing! Hopefully, now that we have the first game under our belts, things will settle down a bit. I thought the team played hard but, we simply couldn’t get our shots to fall. This will change as the season moves on. Still really like the potential of this team. Go Hoosiers!

  5. A squeaker for sure. Milwaukie came in with a chip on their shoulder , outplayed us for a lot of the game. That chip became more evident when the tech was called on Johnson for taunting and saying whatever she did leaning over a fallen Yeaney. But the highlight of the game for me was when Bendu came back and blocked Johnson’s shot. Moren probably didnt want to play Yeaney but she saved IU’s bacon by guarding and slowing down the on fire Reit as no one else could. For us some shots were off for Penn and Berger. Gulbe getting in early foul trouble didnt help on the boards. Better defense, more aggression, and toughness would serve us well

  6. scwartzie– excellent points made by you and I agree this is the kind of game this team needs to further their development being such a young and inexperienced team. Hopefully they will learn and grow from this and I think they will.

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