Big Fourth Quarter Lifts No. 22 Indiana Past Nebraska On Senior Night
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg led four players in double figures as Indiana used a big fourth quarter to put away Nebraska, 81-53, on Senior Night inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
- IU (22-7, 12-5 B1G) was highlighted by nine first quarter points from freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes as it led from the jump.
- It was a 6-0 start for the home team as the Huskers (17-12, 7-11 B1G) called timeout. Holmes found herself down low and made it a 13-8 advantage with 4:42 to play that sparked another run. They would go on to take the 21-13 lead after one complete.
- In the second, Indiana pushed its lead to as many as 12 as Holmes split a pair at the line. Steal and transition layup from Patberg kept IU up double figures, 29-19, at the media break.
- Sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe connected inside the paint with 55 seconds to go as Nebraska got back-to-back buckets cut its deficit to 33-27 at halftime.
- After a few scoreless minutes coming out of the break, Berger connected with 6:23 on the clock on a pull-up jumper. A Patberg steal and transition layup, two of her 10 points in the third quarter, gave IU a 44-33 edge. But the Huskers came charging back in the final 1:08 and cut it down to a five-point IU lead, 44-39. A five-point swing from Patberg including one of her four 3-pointers put her team back up nine, 50-41.
- Indiana hit the gas pedal in the fourth quarter, outscoring Nebraska, 31-12, in the final 10 minutes of play as a spark was ignited on another Patberg triple and conventional 3-point play from Berger to go up by 20 with 7:53 to go and not looking back.
- Ali Patberg led the Hoosiers with 26 points for her 12th straight game reaching double figures. Patberg notched her third straight game with 20 or more points.
- IU’s 12 conference wins ties its program record for most wins in a Big Ten season when they also notched 12 victories in 2015-16.
- After Nebraska cut the Indiana lead to five at 44-39 in the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers used a 19-2 run to extend their lead to 22 at 63-41. Ali Patberg scored 13 of the 19 Indiana points over that stretch.
- Indiana outscored Nebraska 31-12 in the fourth quarter. The Hoosiers shot 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) in the final period and held Nebraska to 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) in the fourth period.
- The Hoosiers held an opponent under 60 points for the 17th game this season. For the game Indiana held Nebraska to 17-of-61 (27.9 percent) shooting from the field.
- Indiana had four players score in double figures. Patberg had 26, Grace Berger recorded 15 points and Mackenzie Holmes and Aleksa Gulbe each had 11.
- In addition to her 15 points, Grace Berger added seven rebounds and six assists.
- Holmes scored all 11 of her points in the first half. Holmes connected on her first four field goals.
- Indiana held a 42-22 advantage in points in the paint against Nebraska. Indiana also outrebounded the Huskers, 44-33.
- IU closes out its home schedule with a 11-4 record at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, it’s eighth-straight winning season at home.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“Well you always hope that your senior night the way that it is planned which is to get a win for your seniors. I am extremely happy that we could get this win tonight for a special lady in Brenna Wise. First off, I am happy with that. I am sad that the game fell on a Thursday because I had a feeling if it was a Saturday or Sunday weekend game that there would have been a lot more of Hoosier Nation out there but nonetheless those that continue to support women’s basketball and this team were there tonight. I think that we went into this game obviously with the game plan of beating Nebraska, but we also wanted to celebrate Brenna Wise. From the beginning we got off to that hot start, but I thought we did sputter a little bit. Then at half time and speaking with Ali Patberg about her importance of being able to score the ball for us. Then when AP got rolling there in the second half, I thought everybody else stepped up and hit big shots. Ali gives everybody confidence, and that was the result of that second half especially in that fourth quarter is the confidence that Ali gives her teammates. Really happy for our guys and just the way they went about their work in the fourth quarter. Even though when we went into half time, we were up maybe ten or twelve and, we said this is our opportunity to open this thing up, and that is exactly what our guys did. I thought our post players did a terrific job on (Kate) Cain tonight just playing tight. We knew going in we were going to be belly button to belly button with her. I thought Aleksa (Gulbe) and Mack (Mackenzie Holmes) in particular were fantastic when guarding her and kept her quiet. We fouled No. 32 too much, Leigha Brown. She is a great player, a sophomore, who is going to continue to get better. We just put her at the free throw line, and we are going to learn from that. Tonight, we will celebrate this one and tomorrow return back to get ready for a really good Michigan team on the road.”
IU will close out the regular season on Sunday, March 1 at Michigan. Tipoff at Crisler Center is set for 12 p.m. ET.