Indiana’s No. 12 women’s basketball uses a strong first quarter to beat Bowling Green

Just three minutes into Thursday’s Indiana women’s No. 12 basketball matchup against Bowling Green State University, elder forward Mackenzie Holmes had her first blocked shot.

Holmes hit Bowling Green’s second keeper Jocelyn Tate in the paint to plug her shot and then began sprinting down the course. Less than 10 seconds later, keeper Grace Berger looked away from a defender before firing a down pass at Holmes for the open layup to round out the quick break.

The game was part of a 21-2 run that lasted with nearly seven minutes remaining in the first quarter. Over the course of the run, Indiana turned a 1-point deficit into an 18-point lead and never looked back.

With three quarters still to play, the game was already decided. The Hoosiers had to go the rest of the way with only the double-digit lead to earn the 96-61 win over the Falcons.

“Something[head coach Teri Moren]really emphasizes before every game is that we throw the first shot, we want them to call out first time,” Berger said. “So I think we’re just A. really excited to get out of goal but B. just really focused on running our stuff, running our defense and just getting a strong start.”

The hot start was a trend for the Hoosiers this early season.

In the season opener against the University of Vermont, Indiana trailed by a point midway through the first quarter before ending with a 9-0 run to gain control of the game. Indiana never again allowed the Catamounts to contest for the lead. A similar 8-0 run against the University of Massachusetts Lowell gave the Hoosiers the lead in their second game as well.

Indiana’s most impressive start to the preseason, however, came against the No. 11 University of Tennessee on Monday.

On the road against a top-15 team, the Hoosiers opened up an 11-0 run after the first media timeout. After that, the Lady Vols never managed to reduce the lead to a single possession game again.

[Related: No. 12 Indiana women’s basketball pulls off early season upset of No. 11 Tennessee in Knoxville]

Following the win over Tennessee, Moren said she stressed the importance of that win not affecting the start of Thursday’s game.

“We always talk about getting started quickly,” Moren said. “Like I told them, after getting through a night like we had in Tennessee the other day — and it’s such a huge win for this program — the last thing we can do is show up here tonight and flat out.” be.”

Indiana has beaten its opponents 92-48 in the first quarters of this season. In every game, Indiana scored at least 20 points and kept their opponents to 14 points or fewer in the first period. Because of the early builds in the games, the Hoosiers can control the pace of the game and avoid risky plays while their opponent struggles to get back in the game.

If the Hoosiers can continue to lead in the first quarter, they will continue to control the pace of play during games.

“Like I always say, the average teams will just show up, the great teams will show up and want to improve and want to get better,” Moren said. “I thought they showed a lot of maturity from the top, that was good to see.”

Indiana continues their unbeaten start to the season and is 4-0 with the win. On Sunday, it will have an opportunity to extend that start to 5-0 against Quinnipiac when the team tips at 1pm in Bloomington.

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