No. 18 IU women finish sweep of Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue had too much pride to go away.

Indiana was too good not to finish what it started.

The Boilermakers cut a 15-point deficit to six, but the No. 18 Hoosiers steadily pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 66-54 victory on Monday night at Mackey Arena.

IU never trailed in the matchup, leading by as many as seven in the first quarter and extending the advantage to 14 with an 8-0 run in the second quarter that began and ended with baskets by Grace Berger, while Brenna Wise and Ali Patberg each also scored in the spurt.

Patberg was the maestro throughout, flirting with a triple double en route to 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Hoosiers (18-5, 8-3 B1G) took a 34-21 halftime lead, holding the Boilermakers to 29.2 percent shooting from the field.

“The first half was really good,” IU coach Teri Moren said. “I thought that was about as sound as we’ve looked defensively in a while.”

Purdue (15-8, 6-5), which had its three-game win streak snapped, came out of the locker room with a completely different mindset, matching their entire first-half scoring total in the third quarter.

Indiana still saw the lead peak at 15 twice, 42-27 and 44-29, but after hitting its first six shots from the field missed its last seven shots and went scoreless for the final 5:23.

“The second half we knew they were going to make a run,” Moren said. “(Dominique) Oden and (Ae’Rianna) Harris are too good, and it was obvious the two of them would try to get them back in the game. We did have some breakdowns in the second half, but for the most part we take a lot of pride defensively.”

Oden scored 10 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter, while Harris had four of her 16 while blocking a shot and making two steals in the frame.

The lead was down to 48-42 heading to the fourth quarter, but Wise got loose on the baseline for a layup on the opening possession for Indiana, which got a simple message from its coach ahead of the final 10 minutes.

“Really, it was just take a deep breath and relax,” Moren said. “I thought we were pressing a little bit. We let the crowd get into it. It was just how we got the lead, how to sustain the lead and how to build the lead, but we had to get stops. We were getting shots, but they kept answering.”

Purdue was down seven and had a Karissa McLaughlin 3 in the air to get closer. It missed, and Oden grabbed the offensive rebound, but Jaelynn Penn stole the ball away. That led to a three-point play by Berger, who finished with 15 points, as did Penn.

Another stop led to a Mackenzie Holmes layup, giving IU a 12-point lead, and the Boilermakers got no closer than 11 in the final five minutes.

The win was the eighth in the past 11 meetings for IU against Purdue and second this season, the Hoosiers’ fourth straight win overall and allowed the visitors to bring home the Barn Burner Trophy and some momentum ahead of Thursday night’s 8 p.m. showdown with No. 13 Maryland at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.


  1. Good Start to game not falling behind. Check
    Rebounded the ball. Check
    Defense. Check
    Scoring Drought. Had scoring drought but IU Ladies took a breath and responded and punched back. Check Minus
    Finished Game. Check
    = IU Ladies a good win at Purdue.
    (Unable to extend lead and run away with 20+ point victory is what top ten team would probably do against Purdue at Purdue)
    Jori Allen gives some physicality and IU Ladies have to play physical without unnecessary fouls.

  2. Finally IU gets out of the gate quick. They led this one from start to finish. A very good team defensive effort to take home the Barn Burner. Two points that stuck out to me was when PU cut the lead to 6 IU did not choke and instead stretched it back out. The other was the defense Gulbe played on Harris making nothing easy for Harris. So they are still in the big ten race even though they didnt make the reveal according to committee. So now comes the Terps on thurs night at IU, so isnt it about time IU took those guys down,,,, Go Hoosiers!!!!!!!!!

  3. Very gritty game played with much physicality! IU’s defense was very good most of the game. I was really surprised how badly Purdue shot the ball from the field. Although I am sure our defense had a lot to do with that. As SteveW said, Gulbe’s defense on Harris was really good! As good of a game as Gulbe has played all year long. Patberg had a great game, not far from a triple-double. Anytime you go to Purdue and win is pretty special! Really looking forward to Thursday nights game against Maryland. Go Hoosiers!!

  4. Mackey Arena was really alive. 8,161 strong. The band was LOUD, and the crowd was really into it. Great college basketball venue.
    I thought this was a “throw-back” game, reminded me of early in the season when every player was locked in, on a mission, and confident.
    IU women have an incredible basketball IQ when they’re in that zone. I thought the Wise layup Jeremy mentioned was huge from a momentum standpoint, and agree with MikeC that this was without question a great night for Gulbe. Nobody had an off night.
    If they Hoosiers can stay in that zone, Maryland may be in for a surprise. Need a big enthusiastic IU crowd Thursday night. Why can’t IU draw 8K? We only had 5K here when we played Purdue.

  5. On Feb 4, 2020, retired IHSAA HoF Coach Gary wrote:
    Surgery kicked my ass, but this hospital and the nurses have been great !! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers….
    Coach gary: ‘Bout time somebody kicked your butt.
    Surely you were inspired – with nothing better to do – yesterday eve in recovery, watching IU Wbb kick Purdoo’s ass (that tired ol’ guest from the Bob Knight TV show 40+ years ago).
    In case your hospital-ity TV was too small to see, and without streaming replays, IU offense operated like a team of patient surgeons, making shots to beat the shot clock when there was no fast or secondary break. IU defense featured hands-up Irish Dancing nurses at perimeter with Grizzled Bears rebounding. The BarnBurner Trophy remains in Bloomington.

    175 made the 4-busses trip. Big diff in Athletic Dept approaches to WBB at PU vs. here in The Hall. Capitalist-driven “adult” game ticket price at PU WBB is $10.
    All non-student seats are reserved, students all sit upper tier wrapped around one end. Good student turnout for this IU game. Crowd was (8,000+ per above).
    PU split-spread us IU 175 visitors into 3 sections far apart. The $10/or season home lower tier adult seats there result in a home crowd of donor and season tickets, like for IU Men’s games. NO kids, no “under 12’s.” It was in complete contrast with our welcome-kids WBB all open-seating crowd in Ms. Simon-Scott’s WBB Hall dominated by seniors and young families and moms with kids. IU approaches WBB as an opportunity for all the many who can’t do MBB to see games in The Hall. Guess Mackey does not have that same aura-appeal.

    So, HoF Coach Gary, we’re on a spirits-high as we await your patho results with you,

  6. A.P. Played at A.P. level that raises team to another level the way A.P. should play. Congrats to A.P. Now get the freshman Holmes to play like she has demonstrated a lot of times to go with B.W., J.P., A.G. (excellent game A.G.), G.B., and get fresman Allen in the mix (along with Wilson and Warthen) and IU Ladies group another one or two levels as threats towards conference championship, big ten tournament championship, and March Madness sweet sixteen. IU Ladies need to capture lightning in a bottle as Brad Stevens said about his first March Madness tournament Butler runner up team. IU Ladies are capable as long as they continue getting a second wind and teen their play upward. (Continue to improve). Some teams flatten out (stay the same), some teams improve, some teams digress at this time thru end of season, and some teams are strong throughout season (UCONN, BAYLOR, and South Carolina). IU Ladies fall into need continued improvement finishing out season in March Madness tournament. IU Ladies can be really successful if they have another five or six weeks run of improvement left in the tank.

  7. On thurs night IU will need an A+ effort, at least as good as when they played S. Carolina to beat Maryland who is playing at a high level.

  8. According to Creme IU doing their little dance back and forth between 4 and 5 seed,,, Latest bracketology has IU as a 5 seed in the Portland region opposite Depaul who is a 4 seed. All that could change with win against the terps on thursday. [bounce back to a 4 seed?]

  9. MUST WIN! That is whats ahead for IU on thurs if they have any chance at the conf. a loss all but drops them out of the running. The terps have a 7 game win streak, IU 4 game win streak , one streak will stop lets hope its not IU.

  10. Ive watched games at some schools for women games where they have a kids day. With a game as big as this upcoming game wouldnt it be nice to have a day like that for the terps game , get some noise in there beyond our normal 3-4k crowds, although this game should bring more in the 5-6k crowd hopefully.

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