Holmes, Moore McNeil Lead No. 12 Hoosiers Past No. 11 Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Junior guard Chloe Moore McNeil posted a new career-high 15 points and five players were in double figures including a pair of double-doubles as No. 12 Indiana defeated No. 11 Tennessee on Monday night inside Thompson-Boling Arena.
- Graduate student guard Grace Berger put the Hoosiers (3-0) on top first with a pair of buckets as they put on the gas midway through the first frame with a bucket off the inbound from freshman guard Yarden Garzon which sparked an 10-0 run for the Hoosiers.
- Junior guard Sydney Parrish stopped and popped from long range and Holmes finished in transition to take a 16-0 lead with 3:33 to play. An 11-0 run propelled them to a 22-14 lead after the first.
- Indiana led by as many as 13 in the second quarter, as senior guard Sara Scalia connected on the triple in transition at the 7:48 mark. Fighting off a run by the Lady Vols (1-2), Scalia hit again from the arc while Parrish and Holmes finished things off to give IU the 40-29 lead at the break. Tennessee cuts the lead to single digits on back-to-back 3-pointers but a nice find by Garzon to Holmes for a pair in the paint pushed IU’s lead back to 10, 52-42 at the media timeout.
- They would go on to lead by six to end the third quarter as it
- Shooting 61.5 percent in the fourth quarter, Indiana used eight points from Holmes and six from Moore McNeil to fend off a Lady Vol comeback attempt. With 7:05 to play in the game, the lead was trimmed down to just four.
- IU would starve off attempts including a transition opportunity by Moore McNeil at the rim and Scalia’s floater with 4:02 remaining gave her team back a double-digit margin they would keep for good.
- Indiana was highlighted by a pair of double-doubles from Berger and Holmes, who record double-doubles on the same night for the second-straight season as Holmes and alum Aleksa Gulbe did it against Maryland on Jan. 2, 2022.
- Holmes led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds and joined by senior guard Sara Scalia who also poured in 16 points.
- Berger added her seventh career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and added six assists and two steals.
- Moore McNeil, playing her first college game in her home state, scored a career-high 15 points and connected on three 3-pointers while adding five assists, three steals and a block.
- Parrish added 13 points off the bench in the win, also dishing out five assists and four rebounds along with a pair of steals.
- This is the first win in the series with the Lady Vols, dropping its last two previous meetings in 1987 and 2020.
- Indiana scored 21 points in transition and went. 83.3 percent from the free throw line (15-for-18).
- The season begins with a 3-0 start for the sixth time out of the last seven seasons and seven times overall under ninth year head coach Teri Moren.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“I can’t even tell you of how proud I am of our group tonight. The stat sheet has things that just jump out at you in the 21 assists, 10 turnovers. We had three kids who took charges tonight, Sydney Parrish having two, Chloe Moore McNeil having one and Yarden Garzon having one. We knew that we it was going to be a tale of two really good teams going at it. We are on the road, so we expected the hostile environment that was here tonight. Really, really happy with how we handled ourselves, how we shared the ball and how we answered the call when it felt like Tennessee started making a run. We came back with a run out. I thought our activity and our gaps were extra special tonight. It made it really difficult. We tried to clog in our gaps and try to make it harder for them. We wanted (Rickea) Jackson to be a jump shooter tonight. We didn’t do a great job on some of their shooters as well as we wanted to, but at the end of the night we did enough. The rebounding was going to be the key tonight. We outrebounded them by two. I don’t care if that is one or two, we outrebounded Tennessee and that was the most important key to the game tonight.”
Indiana returns to Bloomington to host Bowling Green on Thursday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.