No. 15 Indiana Wins Fourth-Straight In Road Victory At Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Illinois made it difficult down the stretch, but No. 15 Indiana pulled off a 58-50 win on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Center.
- Buckets were hard to come by in the first quarter, as a combined six shots were made by both teams. The Hoosiers (13-4, 11-2 B1G) would take advantage at the line, going 7-for-9 to take a 13-9 lead after one.
- Indiana found a bit of life in the second quarter, going on a 12-0 run over nearly a four-minute span early in the frame. The run included two steals and two buckets from senior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary as her free throw attempt with 5:53 gave Indiana its largest lead at 14, 25-11.
- The Hoosiers made a living at the line in the first half, going 16-for-20, accounting for half of its points as it led 34-21 at the break.
- Fueled early on by a pair of 3-pointers from junior guard Grace Berger and Cardaño-Hillary, IU stretched its lead to as many 17 in the beginning of the third quarter. But the Hoosiers would be held scoreless for the final 4:29 of the quarter as the Illini cut to the deficit to seven, 44-37.
- Things got tight in the fourth, as the Illini (3-13, 1-12 B1G) came within one point in the 2:39 of action, 51-50. That’s when a timely jumper by Patberg and a driving bucket by Cardaño-Hillary pushed the lead back up to five for Indiana.
- Patberg would go on to finish the game at the line, sealing the final three free throws in the bonus.
- The Hoosiers continued its winning streak against Illinois as the picked up their 12th-straight win against the Illini. This is the longest streak against any conference opponent.
- Indiana wins its fourth-straight game, tying its longest win streak of the season when it won four from Jan. 7-Jan. 28.
- Three were in double figures for Indiana, Patberg had 16 points, Cardaño-Hillary put back 11 and scored 10.
- Patberg led the Hoosiers with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist.
- Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes had a team-high 10 boards to go along with seven points and three blocks. Holmes now has moved in to sole possession of 10th place all-time in career blocks with 75.
- IU got to the line a season-high 30 times.
- They improved to 6-2 on the road this season.
- Indiana had 22 points in the paint compared to the Illini’s 16.
- The Hoosiers capitalized off Illinois turnovers, scoring 22 points of them.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“That was ugly. As I said to our group, they are not always pretty. Sometimes you just have to find ways and grind out. We got in some foul trouble and didn’t shoot it particularly well from outside the arc. We had a couple young ladies, Mackenzie (Holmes) and Grace Berger who struggled. Two out of the big three struggled today, so we had to find offense elsewhere. I thought Aleksa (Gulbe) when she came in there gave us a nice little shot in the arm even though she set for a while for foul trouble. I thought Nicole (Cardaño-Hilary) did a few nice things today and so did AP (Ali Patberg). They continued to stay aggressive. I thought when KB (Kiandra Browne) came in she gave us great minutes and great energy. I am disappointed in the fact that we got outrebounded. I really liked the fact that we took care of the ball with only 10 turnovers. Your assists aren’t going to be what you want them to be because you missed so many shots. But none the less, it is a win and two weeks from now nobody will hear how we played here. It will just show up as a win. As I mentioned, they are not always pretty.”
The Hoosiers return home to host Michigan on Thursday night. Tip at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is set for 6 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.