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IUWBB Relies on Dynamic Duo for Second Straight Win

Amanda Cahill drives to the basket Wednesday during Indiana’s win over Wisconsin. Cahill grabbed her 1,000th rebound in the win at Assembly Hall. (Josh Eastern)

There are only four more scheduled regular season home games for IU women’s basketball at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the rest of the 2017-2018 season.

That means just four more times to see the dynamic duo of seniors Amanda Cahill and Tyra Buss. Wednesday night was another special outing for the duo.

Behind 27 points from Buss and 22 points from Cahill, IU won its second straight conference game taking down the Wisconsin Badgers, 69-55, to kick off a four-game home stand.

“It was a great win, it’s great to be home and it’s great to have two seniors like Tyra and Amanda, who I thought showed up in a big way tonight,” Moren said. “In timely moments when it seemed like Wisconsin was making a run at us, one of those two kids came up with something big.”

At this point in their respective careers, it seems like either Buss or Cahill break a record nearly every game. On the night Buss was honored for 2,000 points, it was Cahill who was the record breaker. Late in the fourth quarter she snatched down her 1,000th career rebound.

She said she didn’t know about it until after the game. Yet, Moren was proud about her accomplishment and said she was really happy for Cahill.

“There has not been a kid that deserves any award or accolade more than B, because she has put in the time and the effort since she has been here at Indiana,” Moren said. “She has been a great pleasure to coach, and to be around her as she continues to get better. Just to be a part of what she has accomplished is really exciting, and I hope that she can share this with her teammates tonight.”

When Buss plays like she did Wednesday night and Cahill turns in an equally impressive performance, it makes things tough on opponents. Buss directs the offense, while Cahill is all over the court grabbing rebounds and scoring points.

It just seems a little more special when they both play as well as they did Wednesday night. They have the ability to play off of each other very well because they’ve done it for so long.

“Amanda and I have started together since we were freshman so we’ve played every single game with one another,” Buss said. “I feel like I’ve been playing with Amanda for years. I know it’s only been four years, but we know each other so well, we know our tendencies, we know where we’re going to be.”

Both Buss and Cahill’s careers are slowly dwindling down in Bloomington. The first part of the conference season may not have gone necessarily to plan, but they have a chance to lead the Hoosiers back in the right direction.

Moren said after the game that at this time of year, seniors see their windows closing. For Buss and Cahill, that is starting to set in. February is only a week away, but there is still a lot of basketball left.

“Everyday it gets a little lower,” Moren said. “I think the sense of urgency that seniors end up playing with at the end of the season is way different than at the beginning of their senior year. I think that’s what you’re seeing with those two.”

Josh Eastern

I am a senior from Seattle, Washington majoring in Media. I am formerly of the Indiana Daily Student where I covered Indiana men’s soccer team and women’s basketball. You still can find me broadcasting for WIUX Student Radio and on BTN Student U outside of The Hoosier Network. Former intern at 710 ESPN Seattle and broadcaster for the Falmouth Commodores. Email: jeastern@thehoosiernetwork.com. Follow me on Twitter: @JoshEastern.

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