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Indiana’s Bench Ignites a Dominant 74 to 54 Win Over Milwaukee

Wrestling for the ball, Tyra Buss wins the ball against Milwaukee’s McKaela Schmelzer in the first quarter, March (Amelia Herrick/HN)

Indiana’s season will continue on in the WNIT thanks to a performance that could truly be defined by dominance and control.

After opening to a sloppy start pushed by six Hoosier turnovers, Indiana led Milwaukee 16-to-15 at the end of the first quarter. From there, Indiana seemed to come to the realization that it was just that much more talented.

With the 5:32 left in the second quarter, this game ended. Amanda Cahill knocked down a pivital momentum shifting three to give the Hoosiers at 26-to-21 point lead. After that, the Hoosiers never looked back winning 74-54.

What helped to setup that momentum shift was a unprecedented scenario for Indiana. It came down to the defensive effort of Bre Wickware and Keyanna Warthen who replaced Jaelynn Penn and Bendu Yeaney early in the second quarter due to foul trouble.

“I have to give our bench credit,” IU coach Teri Moren said. “Those guys did a tremendous job. They gave us some great minutes.”

Cahill’s three and the Hoosiers defensive effort helped to ignite a 17-0 run in which the Hoosiers displayed a competitive advantage in almost every facet of the game of basketball. That 17-0 run helped drive Indiana to outscore Milwaukee 26-to-9 in the second quarter and rattle them moving forward as Indiana easily coasted its way through the rest of the game.

What stood out for the Hoosiers was the fact that it wasn’t just one or two players leading the show. As the tendency has been all

Guarded by Milwaukee’s Steph Kostowicz and Lizzie Odegard, Kym Royster looks to pass in the fourth quarter against Milwaukee, March 18. (Amelia Herrick/HN)

season, Indiana justifiably has relied upon the play of Tyra Buss, Cahill, and Penn. Sunday it was everyone.

With five players in double-digits and eight players with over 12 minutes on the floor, Indiana put together a well rounded performance that will push the Hoosiers confidently into the third round of the Women’s NIT.  As a team, the Hoosiers shot 50-percent from the field and 50-percent from behind the arc. Defensively, Indiana held Milwaukee to 34-percent from the field and forced 24 turnovers.

Jaelynn Penn’s impressive 7-for-12 shooting carried her to 16 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.  Buss and Cahill combined for 29 points on the day, but the duo never needed to be the stars.

Kym Royster dominated on the boards and fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Indiana’s win against Milwaukee will set up a matchup on Thursday in Bloomington against in-state rival Purdue. This third round game will have a little extra energy for Indiana.

“Obviously, we’re well versed with Purdue,” Moren said. “Playing them amps us up, but what amps us up more is being at home.”

Eddie Cotton

I am a junior from Long Island, New York. I’m currently studying Marketing in the Kelley School of Business along with Journalism in The Media School at Indiana University. I’m currently the Co-Sports Director of WIUX (Indiana University’s Student Radio Station) and I am a broadcaster for BTN Student U. I am an individual that tends to thrive with bringing personality to sports coverage. I want to tell stories and help others tell their own. I want to provide a unique perspective. Most importantly, I want to entertain. The Hoosier Network is the ideal place to do that. Follow me on twitter @EdwardKoton15 Email me at ekoton@umail.iu.edu. Please, pretty please, venmo me at @EdwardKoton

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