Crash course in Paradise for IU women

Like most coaches, Indiana’s Teri Moren has a 24-hour rule.

Enjoy the win or feel bad about the loss, but come back the next day ready to work.

That rule will be put to the test this week, as the No. 17 IU women’s basketball team will have 24 hours or less between back to back to back games at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, starting with No. 5 South Carolina (6-0) at 8 o’clock Thursday night.

No. 2 Baylor (5-0) follows at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, and the tournament wraps up with a 5:45 game against Washington State (4-0) on Saturday.

“One of the things I always try to tell our kids is we never get too high after a win and you never get too low after a loss,” Moren said. “You want to stay right there in the middle.”

That won’t be easy, no matter how the next few days go for the Hoosiers, who are putting the highest ranking in school history on the line.

“Coach has created a culture where we’re super competitive, and we’re hard workers, so all of us are really excited to play the top teams in the country,” IU guard Ali Patberg said. “We feel so prepared and so ready because of how great a job the coaches have done preparing us on the floor, but also mentally where we have to be. It’s a dream come true to go and play in the Virgin Islands and play at Florida (last Friday) and play great teams.”

The road win against the Gators last Friday was the first stepping stone in the level of competition for Indiana, which will now get the chance to pick up where it left off last season. That was against current No. 1 Oregon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and Patberg, who knows something about elite teams from her time at Notre Dame, says that experience will only help.

“I think as a team we’re really confident, just because we did play at the highest level,” the redshirt junior and 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball from Columbus said. “We played the No. 1 team in the country last year, and they are this year too.

“I would just say, again, Coach always says we are as good as we prepare. Our coaches have prepared us so much last year, this year for these games, and we’re ready.”

First up are the Gamecocks, the 2017 NCAA champions, who feature a combination of freshmen and veteran talent. One of those veterans is former Heritage Christian standout Tyasha Harris, a former Indiana All-Star and 2016 Miss Basketball finalist.

Then comes defending national champion Bears, one of the nation’s largest teams along the frontline, followed by the Pac-12 Cougars.

Regardless of each outcome, Indiana will have to rebound quickly and get better in 24 hours or less.

“(We’ll find out) where we are as a team, and it gives us a lot of things I know we’ll have to be better at,” Moren said.

6 comments

  1. To say this was a great win would be an understatement . Supreme effort by this IU team, so proud of them. How will they respond in less than 24 hours against baylor tomorrow. This time it was Brenna’s turn to carry this team, Getting boss in foul trouble didnt hurt either. Im hoping this team can come back down to earth for tomorrows game. Go Hoosiers!!!!

  2. As the only guy in the gym wearing candy stripes, I feel qualified to say that was without question the best performance I have ever seen from an IU women’s basketball team.
    Place was packed with South Carolina fans, including a huge bunch of St. Thomas residents who were fired up for their native daughter, who was an amazing player.
    Kudos to the officials who took a ton of abuse every time Boston was called for a foul.
    I thought Gulbe had as much to do with our victory as anybody. She is SO much tougher this year, and made bunches of key plays at key times.
    It will be very hard to recover from all the emotions obtained from the huge victory.
    Baylor coasted in their game, which was played first.
    Huge step forward for the IU women.

  3. So if you were the only guy wearing candy strips …… maybe the 3rd row back of the IU bench ? Found you on the posted ‘highlights’ review.

Comments are closed.