Bloomington, Ind. Indiana has dominated the all-time series against Wisconsin in games played at Assembly Hall, and Thursdays contest added to it. Indiana claimed a 60-39 win over the Badgers and in doing so, extended its all-time series advantage to 22-2 against Wisconsin at Assembly Hall.
The game was never in doubt, and with the win, the Hoosiers improved to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play, while the Badgers slipped to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
There were several contributing factors to the lopsided win, with Indiana owning a 24-11 advantage in points off turnovers, a 14-0 advantage in fast break points and a 28-12 advantage in the paint. With all those stats in mind, it was the Indiana defensive effort that was most responsible for the win.
The Hoosiers limited Wisconsin to 11-of-46 shooting from the field (23.9 percent) and forced the Badgers to commit 18 turnovers.
Jenny DeMuth once again starred for the Hoosiers, finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds for her eighth 20-plus point scoring game and her fifth double-double of the year. She also matched a career-high with six steals and has reached the 20-point plateau for the sixth time in the last seven games.
Cyndi Valentin added 22 points, marking the third time this season both she and DeMuth each scored 20 or more points in the same game.
The Hoosiers took a commanding 30-13 lead into halftime, thanks in large part to a defensive effort that limited the Badgers to 4-of-24 shooting from the field (16.7 percent). Wisconsin had a 10:35 field goal drought at one stretch of the first half that resulted in a 15-3 IU run. Indianas tight man-to-man defense resulted in a 15-4 advantage in points off turnovers during the first half.
It was more of the same early in the second half, as a three-point play by Valentin, followed by a Valentin trey and a Sarah McKay rebound and putback extended the Hoosier advantage to 38-13. Valentin then scored on the break to widen the lead to 40-13 and effectively put the game away.
DeMuth led the way with 11 points and nine rebounds in the first half. She fell just one rebound shy of recording her third halftime double-double of the year. Cyndi Valentin added 10 points and two assists in the first half.
Kali Kullberg made her return to the Indiana lineup after missing the last six games with a knee injury. However, Indiana played without the services of Annika Boyd, who sustained a head injury in practice earlier in the week.
The Hoosiers return to action at 4 p.m. Saturday when they battle Michigan at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Chicago and Fox Sports Detroit. Fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast on 105.1 WHCC Radio Bloomington with Jeremy Gray calling all the action. The radio broadcast will also be available worldwide on the internet at iuhoosiers.com.