No. 16 Indiana Comes Up Short Versus No. Ohio State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Despite double-doubles from junior guard Grace Berger and sophomore guard Mackenzie Holmes, No. 16 Indiana fell to No. 14 Ohio State, 78-70, on Thursday night in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
- Energy was high for Indiana (9-4, 7-2 B1G) out of the gate, as it got off to a 7-0 start forcing an OSU timeout. Indiana led by as many as 11, but the Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1 B1G) clawed their way back to make the score 12-11, Indiana answered quickly with eight straight points. Berger made a pair at the line and a driving layup while freshman forward Kiandra Browne and senior guard Nicole Cardano-Hillary each had a basket. The score read 20-15 Indiana at the quarter break.
- Ohio State started the second quarter with the first five points to tie the game at 20-all before the two teams would exchange baskets for most of the frame. Despite Ohio State taking a late lead, a last second pass from Patberg to Holmes, the Hoosiers took a 39-38 advantage going into halftime.
- To the open the third quarter, Ohio State would get the opening four points, but Indiana would respond with four points of their own. Browne put back a second-chance jumper followed by another layup. Stuck in a battle of back and forth, senior guard Jaelynn Penn scored six of Indiana’s last seven points to give the Hoosiers a slight lead, 54-53.
- In the closing 10 minutes, Ohio State used a 7-0 run and outscored the Hoosiers 25-16 to regain control of the contest. With the Buckeyes out to their best shooting frame of the game and a 10-point lead. Chipping away at the lead, Holmes scored a quick two points out of the called Ohio State timeout to pull within four but wouldn’t come any closer.
- The Hoosiers opened the game with an 11-0 run and held Ohio State scoreless until a bucket at the 5:55 mark of the first quarter. Indiana made five of their first seven shots.
- Mackenzie Holmes notched her fifth career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
- Grace Berger scored 26 points, her eighth career game scoring 20 or more points. She added 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.
- Berger set a new career-high with 10 free-throws made.
- Ali Patberg scored nine points and added nine rebounds and four assists.
- Indiana outrebounded Ohio State 49-43, including 14 offensive rebounds.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“We are disappointed that we came up short. I really thought we got off to a fast, good start. A lot of energy over there on the sideline which was great to see because we knew we had to start the game fast and well. It got to half time, and we still couldn’t knock down shots behind the arc. But we still felt good about the game plan in the second half defensively. We knew that the zone would eventually come, and we were prepared for that. Unfortunately, we have still continued to struggle from beyond the arc. And then tonight, on top of that, we struggled from the free-throw line. We turned the ball over way more than we have been doing. I think all of those things are just a recipe for a loss especially against a team that has so many weapons. Although, I will say this. I think we did a decent to really good job of guarding them tonight. Madison Green was 0-for-5 and Jacy Sheldon was 1-of-10 from the field. I thought we had moments defensively where we were really good, but tonight was just a matter of us not being able to put enough points on the board to win.”
A quick homestand concludes on Sunday afternoon when Indiana hosts Michigan State. Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.