The Indiana women's basketball team continues to be the talk of the Big Ten as the Hoosiers knocked off a ranked Iowa team Thursday in the Big Ten opener and are now 14-0 on the season. Here is the story about the IU-Iowa game from IU media relations.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana opened Big Ten play with a purpose as the Hoosiers defeated No. 22/23 Iowa on Thursday night in Assembly Hall, 86-84. IU remains unbeaten on the year and adds to the best start in program history with now a 14-0 record to begin 2013-14.
Five Indiana (14-0, 1-0) players scored in double figures, led by freshman Larryn Brooks, whose seven free throws in the final minute of the game helped clinch the Hoosier victory. Senior forward Tabitha Gerardot finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Karlee McBride came off the bench to add 14.
Iowa (12-3, 0-1) took a 5-2 lead in the opening minute, but a Larryn Brooks layup closed the gap, and the Hawkeyes never reclaimed a larger lead.
The conference's top-two scoring teams traded buckets at a rapid pace throughout the night. Iowa was led early on by Bethany Doolittle, who put up 14 points in the first 12 minutes.
A Kaila Hulls 3-pointer, followed by an offensive rebound and a put back by Simone Deloach the very next possession gave the Hoosiers a major momentum swing. McBride checked in off the bench, hit back-to-back triples and the Hoosiers began to pull themselves away with five minutes to go in the first half. Freshman Taylor Agler made a 3-pointer in IU's final possession of the half. Indiana went into the locker room with a 43-36 lead.
Indiana was able to stay at arm's length the majority of the second half, but with 4:30 left to go, Iowa began to make a comeback.
With 2:40 left on the clock, Iowa cut the lead to three, following a Melissa Dixon triple. Gerbardot snagged an offensive rebound and drew the foul to put the Hoosiers back up four with two minutes left to play with a free throw.
Up two with 1:30 left to play, Larryn Brooks found Deloach under the basket right as the shot clock was expiring for an easy layup to give IU a 76-72 edge. Brooks set a new career high with nine assists in the game.
A big defensive rebound by Brooks helped her draw the foul, and she hit two free throws to put the Hoosiers up seven, 79-72, with exactly one minute on the clock. Two quick baskets on the other end by Iowa made it a four-point game with 44 seconds left to play.
The teams exchanged free throws after an Iowa foul and an Indiana dead ball technical. Hawkeye Samantha Logic drained a trey as part of five-point possession for the Hawkeyes with the two technical free throws and the Hoosiers found themselves up 83-81 with 29 seconds left. Brooks drew a foul on Indiana's next possession and subsequently made both free throws to boost the Hoosiers lead to four.
Great team defense by Indiana stopped Iowa's next possession, but a sloppy in-bounds pass led to a quick steal by the Hawkeyes. Ally Disterhoft made 1-of-2 free throws for Iowa to make it a 85-82 score with five seconds to play.
After missing the first, Agler made her second free throw on IU's next possession and the Hoosiers were once again up by four, 86-82, with 3.4 seconds left to play. A last-second layup could not save the Hawkeyes, and Indiana finished the game with an 86-84 victory to keep their undefeated season alive.
Deloach accomplished her second-straight double-double with 10 points and 14 boards and tied career marks with three blocks and three steals. Agler tallied 13 points and nailed 3-of-5 3-point field goals/p>
IU dished for 19 assists in the game while connecting on 28-of-64 (43.8 percent) field goals. The Hoosiers nailed 11-of-23 3-pointers, shooting a season-best 47.8 percent from long distance.
Indiana travels to Purdue Monday night to face No. 17/19 Purdue for the first time since last season's buzzar-beating win. Tip off is at 7:00 pm EST and will air live on BTN and BTN2GO.