The No. 12 women’s basketball team from Indiana continued its winning streak Thursday in Bloomington, beating Bowling Green State University 96-61. After suffering a riot Monday on the street above Tennessee’s No. 11 University, the Hoosiers showed no sign of a feel-good hangover.
Indiana wasted no time in gaining a lead, trailing 36 seconds overall in the game and most recently trailing 5-4 at the 7-26 mark. From that point, the Hoosiers ended on a 24-5 run to end the first quarter with an 18-point lead. Senior guard Sara Scalia led the run with 10 points, while graduated forward Alyssa Geary had five points — including a 3-pointer to show off her reach as a hoosier for the first time.
As Indiana extended their lead by 10 points in the second quarter, the turnovers began to pile up. The Hoosiers rotated the ball eight times in the second quarter and 13 times in total in the first half. The team’s previous game high was 11 against the University of Vermont – Indiana finished with 18 tonight.
“I’m disappointed in 18. That’s way too many,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said. “A lot of it was casual. They are upon us and we must take care of them.”
Despite the unforced errors, Indiana still led 49-21 at halftime. The Hoosiers shot 58.1% from the field while holding the Falcons at 23.5%.
Bowling Green struggled to start the second half, but his efforts seemed too late to change the score. The Falcons scored 20 points in the third quarter, down one from the first half.
While Bowling Green challenged Indiana in the final 20 minutes, it wasn’t enough to stop the Hoosiers’ offensive outburst. Indiana scored 21 points in the third quarter and 26 points in the fourth quarter for a season-high 96 points.
Indiana’s 96 points was a team effort as six Hoosiers scored double digits. Scalia led the team with 17, junior forward Mackenzie Holmes added 16, graduate guard Grace Berger had 14, junior guards Sydney Parrish and Chloe Moore-McNeil had 11 and 10, respectively, and freshman guard Yarden Garzon had 10.
Moren said she was impressed with the Hoosiers’ scoring effort but happier with the team’s altruism. Indiana had 25 assists in 40 baskets.
“We keep sharing the ball and getting everyone involved and that’s really nice,” Moren said. “The pieces are nice to have because they can fill some holes while others struggle.”
Parrish continued her success as Indiana’s sixth wife, grabbing 10 boards along with her 11 points to win her fifth double-double of her career and her first as a Hoosier. After starting all 32 games at the University of Oregon last season, Parrish noted how her role has changed and how she’s embraced it.
“I’m not used to it, but I think it’s helped me and energized the team,” Parrish said. “It was great. I love my role and I will do everything to help the team win.”
After struggling behind the arc in the last two games, Indiana was able to succeed in an efficient manner. The Hoosiers shot 7 of 19 tonight – a 36.8% clip – and had five contributors from deep.
Indiana will remain in Bloomington over the weekend and will host Quinnipiac University at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Sunday at 1 p.m.