No. 10 Hoosiers Sweep Iowa For First Time Since 1994 In 89-80 Win
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 10 Indiana scored 51 points in the second half as it surged past Iowa, 89-80, to win its eight-straight game on Wednesday afternoon inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
- Redshirt junior guard Nicole Cardaño Hillary scored on the first possession of the game on the first possession as Indiana and Iowa would exchange points for most of the first quarter. The Hoosiers were able to pull ahead of the Hawkeyes 15-13 after two made baskets by senior guard Ali Patberg and junior guard Grace Berger. A bucket by the Hawkeyes tied the game up at 15 but Berger banked a floater as the buzzer rang to give the Hoosiers the two-point advantage at the quarter break.
- Iowa took a 23-17 lead off a 6-0 run to open the second frame which forced an Indiana timeout. Out of the break, sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes got the scoring going for Indiana with a second chance layup. Trying to cut into Iowa’s lead, Patberg hit the jumper before Berger would score the next six points for Indiana making the score 32-29.
- An and-1 from Patberg gave the Hoosiers the momentum late in the quarter but the Hawkeyes offense would stay hot with a 6-0 run to take a 43-38 lead into halftime.
- Berger and Holmes hit double-figures in the second quarter. Berger had a team-high 12 while Holmes added 10 on 5-for-7 shooting
- Holmes got the first basket to open up the third quarter, but it would be another back-and-forth battle. Inching towards the lead with baskets by junior guard Aleksa Gulbe, Berger and Patberg, Cardaño-Hillary gave Indiana the lead 52-51 which forced the Hawkeyes to call a timeout. Iowa scored coming out of the break to regain control, but the Hoosiers would answer back with a pair of free throws by Patberg and a layup by Holmes. A made 3-pointer by Cardaño-Hillary flipped the lead back to Indiana but a jumper at the other end would tie the ball game.
- Scoring six unanswered points, Indiana turned the contest on its head and pulled ahead 65-59 to end the third quarter of the contest and take the lead for the remainder of the contest.
- Patberg made a splash to begin the final frame with a shot from the behind arc extending the Hoosiers lead to nine.
- Holmes gave Indiana their largest lead, 74-64, of the contest with one made free throw at the line. Despite being out to a 10-point lead, Iowa wouldn’t go away as they made back-to-back 3-pointers to stay alive and cut the lead to four.
- A pair of free throws by Patberg and a layup by Holmes cushioned the advantage down the stretch.
- With the win the Hoosiers have now won eight straight games.
- Indiana sweeps the season series with Iowa for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
- The Hoosiers won their 15th Big Ten game of the season, which ties the school record from the 1982-83 season.
- Indiana had four players scored in double figures and three with 20 or more points. Patberg, Berger and Holmes combined for 66 points, each scoring 22 on the afternoon.
- Tied 59-59 in the third quarter, the Hoosiers closed the period on a 6-0 run and took a 65-59 lead into the fourth quarter. Patberg extended it to a 9-0 run when she opened the fourth period with a three-point basket to put the Hoosiers up, 68-59.
- Berger scored 22 points, her 10th career game and sixth this season scoring 20 or more points.
- Holmes scored 22 points, her 10th career game of eighth this season scoring 20 or more points. Holmes added 11 rebounds for her seventh career double-double.
- Patberg scored 22 points, her 21st career game and fifth of this season scoring 20 or more points.
- There were 12 lead changes in the game and eight ties.
- Indiana scored 56 points in the paint and held a 56-38 advantage in that category over Iowa.
- The Hoosiers shot 57.6 percent from the field, their eighth game this season shooting over 50 percent.
- After allowing Iowa to shoot 60.7 percent in the first half, Indiana limited the Hawkeyes to 43.8 percent in the second half.
- Indiana grabbed 13 offensive rebounds, which they converted to 21 second chance points.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“What a great afternoon for us. What a great team Iowa is. The level of respect we have for Coach Bluder and her staff and those players. What a great talent Caitlin Clark is going to be in this league. She is difficult to guard. The things that I am pleased with are having four kids in double digits in scoring today. We outrebounded them and took it to the free-throw line. But probably the stat and the number that jumps off the page for me is our second chance points that we had, 21, from getting those 13 offensive rebounds. A few of those came in timely possessions. Nikki (Nicole Cardaño-Hilary) had a big one, and I thought the last one Leks (Aleksa Gulbe) got was a difficult rebound to go get, but it also took Caitlin Clark out of the game with her fifth foul. I am really happy for our game. We always remind them at halftime that it is a 40-minute game. Even though, we were down in there, we challenged them. I thought Iowa’s energy was better in the first half. They just seemed to want the ball and the game a little bit more. Once we fixed that, I thought we came out in the second half and did some really good things to get the lead, build the lead, and hold onto the lead. I thought Mack (Mackenzie Holmes) was much better in the second half. (Monika) Czinano really struggled guarding her. I am really happy and pleased that we continue to keep our head down and keep showing up and finding ways to win games. Today, was a big one. That was a really good Iowa team that we beat.”
Indiana closes out the regular season on Saturday when it hosts Purdue in the annual Barn Burner game. Tip is set for 1 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network Plus.