Indiana Knocks Off Wisconsin, 76-69
Feb. 8, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team won their second consecutive game Saturday afternoon over Wisconsin, 76-69, at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers (17-6, 4-6) now have the most wins in a season since 2008-2009 and their most Big Ten wins since the 2009-2010 season.
Larryn Brooks led all scorers with 22 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Senior Simone Deloach tallied her third double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and pulling down 14 rebounds.
The Badgers (10-13, 3-8) got out to an early lead, but Indiana answered with a four-minute, 16-2 run in the first half to take a 23-17 advantage.
IU made 4-of-6 3-point field goals in the first half and finished shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc for the game.
Heading into the locker room, Indiana dominated second chance points (10-0) and points off turnovers (11-2) as it led 40-28 heading into the break.
Indiana came out of halftime eager and hungry, embarking on an 8-0 run, which extended the lead to 48-30. The 18-point lead would be the biggest of the night for the Hoosiers.
Wisconsin fought back to within seven points with the help of guard Morgan Paige, but IU freshman Taylor Agler hit a three-pointer with 10:41 remaining to break the 9-0 Badger run.
Alexis Gassion was the third Hoosier in double figures, finishing with 14 points, five boards, three assists, and one block. Karlee McBride led all bench scorers with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from three-point range.
Indiana's defense proved strong again, holding Wisconsin to just 39 percent from the field and forcing nine turnovers. Offensively, this is the seventh time this season IU has committed less than 10 turnovers in a game, finishing with seven on the afternoon.
The Hoosiers will face Penn State at home on Thursday, Feb. 13 in Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. ET.
Indiana has won 17 of their first 23 games of the season for the first time since the 1993-94 season when they also won 17 of the first 23.
The four wins in Big Ten play is the most since Indiana won seven during the 2009-10 season.
The Hoosiers improved to 45-22 in the overall series against Wisconsin.
For the seventh time this season, the Hoosiers committed less than 10 turnovers with seven and are 6-1 when doing so.
Down 15-7 with 12:44 left in the opening period the Hoosiers surged to a 16-2 run to open up a 23-17 lead and continued the momentum as they outscored the Badgers 33-13 over the final 13 minutes of the first half.
The Hoosiers held a 24-8 advantage in points in the paint at halftime and finished with a 40-28 edge. It is the sixth time this season Indiana has totaled 40 or more points in the paint and IU is 6-0 when that happens.
Freshman Larryn Brooks led the Hoosiers with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. For Brooks it was her seventh game this season scoring 20 or more points.
Senior Simone Deloach notched her third double-double of the season matching her career-high with 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. She also tied her career-high with four assists.
Freshman Alexis Gassion scored 14 points, pulled down six rebounds and added three assists in a season-high 40 minutes. Gassion has scored 36 points combined in the Hoosiers' last two games.
Freshman Karlee McBride came off the bench to score eight points in 11 minutes.
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