Second Half Helps No. 17 Indiana Power Past Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Indiana put three players in double figures and used a strong second half to power past Penn State, 76-60, on Thursday night at Bryce Jordan Center. Freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes and redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg each paced the Hoosiers with 18 points apiece.
- The Hoosiers. (15-5, 5-3 B1G) pulled ahead by as many as five with back-to-back buckets from Holmes and Berger with a minute to play in the first quarter. They would hold on to a 22-18 advantage after the first behind 6 points from Holmes in the frame.
- In the second, Penn State (7-12, 1-7 B1G) would take its largest lead midway through the quarter as the two teams went back-and-forth until the break. Sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe’s little floater in the lane in transition on the dish from Patberg gave IU the 39-38 lead at the break.
- Indiana opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run that helped separated the game early in the period with 6:23 to go. The Lady Lions came within as few as seven with just under a minute to go but a nifty offensive rebound and tip-in from freshman forward Jorie Allen.
- Indiana’s lead never dipped under double digits in the fourth quarter as it held Penn State without a field goal for the final 6:57 of the game.
- Freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes tied a team-high 18 points as she went 9-for-11 from the floor in the victory. It was her 13th game in double figures this season and sixth time in conference play.
- Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg also added 18 points and tied a season-high nine assists. She had eight of her 18 points at the line and also added five rebounds and a steal.
- Junior guard Jaelynn Penn also notched double figures with 11 points on two made 3-pointers and had seven boards.
- Senior forward Brenna Wise collected a game-high 10 rebounds, her second double figure rebounding game this season. She also added 7 points from the floor.
- The Hoosiers combined to shoot 54.4 percent in the win, shooting a game-high 63.6 percent in the second quarter. On the flipside, Indiana held Penn State to just 36.7 percent from the floor on the evening.
- They also won the rebounding margin, 41-23, and had 12 offensive boards in the contest.
- Indiana secures its first win at Penn State since 2016 and wins for double-digits in Bryce Jordan Center for the second time in three tries.
- Sophomores Aleksa Gulbe and Grace Berger each chipped in nine points each in the effort. Gulbe added five rebounds and a game-high three blocks.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“That was a great win for the Hoosiers tonight. It has been a while, so it’s nice to get back in the win column. Happy for our kids and happy that in the second half, defensively, we were much better. I thought we got to 50-50 balls tonight and made a lot of hustle plays. Brenna Wise, Jorie Allen stand out. I thought Mack (Mackenzie Holmes) was terrific. Ali was super aggressive as well as JJ (Jaelynn Penn) being a threat out there as well and Aleksa (Gulbe). As I said to the group, the more aggressive Ali Patberg plays the more aggressive I think everybody plays. She will need to continue to do that as we continue to grow in our program and grow as a team.”
Indiana returns home for a pair of games next week when it hosts Minnesota on Monday (6 p.m.) and Wisconsin on Thursday (7 p.m.).