No. 4/7 Indiana Downs Norfolk State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Anchored by a 21-0 run through the second and third quarters, the No. 4/7 Indiana Women’s Basketball team downed Norfolk State 72-42 on Tuesday night inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
• Graduate student guard Ali Patberg received the ball just inside the perimeter and hit a jump shot before getting fouled and completing the and-one opportunity at the 6:06 mark in the first quarter.
• Norfolk State guard Camille Downs hit a three-pointer at the 1:49 point in the first period to take the lead. Following a Spartan timeout, junior forward Mackenzie Holmes hit back-to-back layups at the rim to give IU a 17-14 lead following one period of action.
• IU (3-0) went on a 17-0 run over the final 7:23 of the second quarter to take a 39-21 lead into the break.
• After taking an outlet pass from senior guard Grace Berger up the right side, Patberg finished a layup through contact and converted the ensuing free throw to put IU up 50-25.
• Senior forward Aleksa Gulbe broke into double-digit scoring with a three from the right-hand arc at the 5:28 mark in the third period.
• Patberg cashed home a corner three with 2:17 in the third quarter to take a 25-point lead and force a Norfolk State timeout.
• Gulbe finished a tough layup through contact and proceeded to knock down the free throw to give IU a 26-point lead early in the fourth period.
• Indiana won the first all-time meeting between the two teams.
• Mackenzie Holmes and Aleksa Gulbe led the Hoosiers with 22 points each.
• Head coach Teri Moren secured her 350th career win. Moren is in her 19th season of collegiate coaching.
• Gulbe scored 10 of the Hoosiers 18 points in the third quarter and finished with a career-high 22 points. She added tied a career-high with 12 rebounds for her third career double-double.
• Holmes scored 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field.
• In the Hoosiers first three games Holmes has shot 27-for-40 (67.5 percent) from the field.
• Ali Patberg had 17 points and six assists for the Hoosiers.
• Holmes, Patberg and Gulbe combined for 65 of the Hoosiers 72 points.
• Holmes made five of her first six shots and scored 10 points in the first quarter. In the last two opening periods Holmes has shot a combined 11-for-12 and has scored 23 points.
• Holmes registered 18 first half points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field.
• At the 7:23 mark of the second quarter Norfolk State got a bucket to cut the Indiana lead to one at 22-21. The Hoosiers used a 17-0 run to go up 39-21. The Hoosiers held the Spartans scoreless from 7:23 to halftime.
• Indiana outscored Norfolk State 22-7 in the second quarter.
• The Hoosiers scored the first four points of the third quarter to extend their run to 21-0. They ended up holding Norfolk State scoreless for 9:57 of game time (7:23 from second quarter and 2:34 from third quarter).
• Indiana outscored Norfolk State 55-28 over the final three quarters of the game.
• The Hoosiers held the Spartans to 15-for-60 from the field (25.0 percent).
• Indiana shot over 50 percent from the field for the third straight game as they went 27-for-53 (50.9 percent).
• The Hoosiers tallied 22 assists on their 27 field goals. Grace Berger had 11 of the 22 assists.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“It was an interesting night to say the least. I think one of the worries you have as a coach after such a big win, emotional win, big win on Sunday night is that your team comes back and they are flat. Not that they overlook anyone but I thought we were flat from the very beginning of the game and really couldn’t find any great rhythm offensively to really get us going. We have 22 assists on 27 makes, which is tremendous. But certainly, I’m going to be disappointed in the fact that we turned the ball over way too much tonight. We had some highlights Of course, Aleksa (Gulbe) was much better in the second half than she was in first half. Thought Grace Berger was quiet offensively, yet she had 11 assists. Nikki (Cardaño-Hillary) doesn’t score and she’s been really good last two games and had some decent looks but goes 0-for-5 from the field tonight, but again this was one of those games you have to grind out and we were able to do that. Proud of players for just staying course even though things got a little ugly but sometimes you have to figure out and grind it out and figure out ways to win and obviously happy with but certainly there will be things we have to work on.”
Indiana hits the road for the next 15 days as it travels to Quinnipiac on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ET.