BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) Mackenzie Holmes scored 29 points and Yarden Garzon added 19 to help the No. 6 Indiana win 93-56 over Wisconsin on Sunday.
Indiana (16-1, 5-1 Big Ten) shot 55% from the field, including 8-to-20 from beyond the arc, while his defense held Wisconsin (6-12, 2-5) at 35%.
The Badgers had no answers for Holmes, who shot 11-for-15 from the field in her 26 minutes. Holmes was part of the Hoosiers’ 50-to-30-point lead in the paint.
“It’s very difficult for opposing teams,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said. “If they don’t double, she’s raunchy in the sense that she can find a way to turn you around and get the shot.”
Garzon provided the other piece to Indiana’s puzzle and took 4 of her 5 shots from over the arc. She added nine rebounds and seven assists.
Indiana started hot, scoring 20 points in the first five minutes of the game, including Garzon, who scored the game’s first seven points, and Holmes, who scored 10 of the next 13.
“My teammates did a great job of finding me on the post when I was open,” said Holmes. “If you have someone who can shoot 4-for-5 out of three nights into the night, that clears the ground for us.”
Wisconsin was led by Brooke Schramek with 13 points and Serah Williams with 10 points.
The Hoosiers cooled off late in the first quarter, making just one of their next 11 shots after starting the game 8-on-9. The drought allowed the Badgers to get back in and reduce the lead to four, but that didn’t last long. Wisconsin never led and the game was tied for a total of 49 seconds.
Indiana had two runs to 11 or more points in the first half alone and finished the half with a 19-2 run. The runs helped Indiana stretch the game into blowout territory by the end of the third quarter, and the Hoosiers emptied their bench with more than six minutes remaining.
“It feels good to win like we did today,” said Moren. “We had a lot of close games and it was great to be able to play some of these guys off the bench. For the most part there is very little to be dissatisfied with.”
Wisconsin: Outmatched by Indiana’s defense, the Badgers turned the ball 21 times, resulting in 31 Indiana points.
Indiana: The Hoosiers showed no fatigue just four days after defeating No. 9 Maryland, a good sign for a team that faces three top-tier opponents in eight days from next week.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Garzon, a freshman from Ra’anana, Israel, had a simple reason for her successful night of filming: “My mom was here.”
It was the first time Garzon’s family had seen her play in Indiana, and Garzon said Sunday was the first time they saw her play since August.
Indiana announced an official attendance of 10,422 at the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for Sunday’s game, a record regular-season crowd for a women’s basketball game in Indiana. It was the second-highest total in program history of the 2018 WNIT Championship Game.
Wisconsin: Returns home for a second straight matchup against No. 9 Maryland.
Indiana: Take on Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, the first of three straight opponents.
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