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Amazing Grace, how sweet (16) the sound. Senior guard Grace Berger had a game-high 15 points, but no bucket was bigger than her go-ahead layup with 29 seconds to go. That was enough to seal the deal for the 3-seeded Indiana Hoosiers as they fended off the 11-seeded Princeton Tigers 56-55 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. “They’re such a special group. I’ve been blessed to have them in back-to-back seasons,” head coach Teri Moren said. The Hoosiers last year made it to the Elite Eight, and are now over halfway there following the win Monday night. And this year for the first time in program history, they won tournament games in front of a raucous crowd at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers sent their fans home happy one last time this season as they eliminated the upset-minded Tigers, a team that was thoroughly overlooked throughout the tournament. “Tonight was our crowd willing us to this win,” Moren said, who later went on to thank Athletic Director Scott Dolson and his entire staff for putting as many people as they did in the seats. Indiana Athletics made all tickets for students free, helping lead to a season-high 9,627 attendance mark. At the end of the game, Mackenzie Holmes ran up into the student section, high-fiving as many fans as she could. “I wanted to make sure they knew they were a part of this win as well,” Holmes said afterwards. Berger, Holmes, and Moren all mentioned that the home crowd propelled them to this win, and without them, the outcome would have been different. Many expected a low-scoring game with two of the better defensive teams in the nation squaring off, and that’s exactly how it turned out. After Indiana led 39-29 at halftime, the Tigers roared back, using a 13-2 run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 3 after the third quarter. Indiana scored more points in the first quarter than they did in the entire second half, but it was enough to squeak by. A huge defensive stand with less than 30 seconds to go put the Hoosiers in the driver’s seat as Ali Patberg got a steal to preserve Indiana’s 2-point lead. Aleksa Gulbe made two free throws with under two seconds left to extend the lead to 4. An Abby Meyers 3 at the buzzer was the reason the game was decided by a single point. Princeton came into the game on an 18-game winning streak, having last lost on December 22, 2021, winning both the Ivy League regular season and postseason tournament in the process. The Tigers also upset the sixth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats in the Round of 64 in Bloomington on Saturday. Indiana did shoot 51% from the field, but only took 43 shots because they turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 18 Princeton points. That and the fact that Princeton dominated the offensive glass 10-1 was a big reason the Tigers were in the game for longer than Hoosier fans hoped. It was a special night on so many levels, but for Indiana’s four seniors, it was likely the last time they will play inside the hallowed Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. It’s even more special for Patberg, who is in her seventh season of college basketball. Patberg made sure to give Moren a big hug while she was doing a TV interview after the game. Moren mentioned that it’s so special to end a season at home with a win, and made note of Tyra Buss and the 2017-2018 team that won the WNIT, with their last game the WNIT Championship game victory. Indiana’s quest to reach a second-straight Elite Eight will continue next Saturday when they travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut to take on the 2-seeded UConn Huskies. The game will tip off at 2 PM ET at the Total Mortgage Arena with Derek Decker and Sam Newcombe on the call from New England on WIUX 99.1 FM and online HERE. PHOTO COURTESY OF IU ATHLETICS
A nailbiter from start to finish. Indiana Men’s Basketball locked in on defense and the Hoosiers beat the Illini to most likely secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016. Indiana defeated Illinois 65-63 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers punched their spot to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal for the first time since 2013. For the Hoosiers, it all started on the defensive end. Indiana guards were able to pressure Kofi Cockburn and recover back out to shooters. The Hoosiers held the Illini to just 35.7% from the field. In the first matchup this year Illinois shot over 40% from the field and three-point range. “I think our team right now is playing with a lot of confidence,” Trayce Jackson-Davis said. “And Coach [Mike] Woodson said it all year, he said this isn't last year's team.” For almost the entire game, it stayed within a few points with neither team able to sustain a long run. A lot of that had to do with both teams struggling to finish around the rim with Indiana 13-18 and Illinois 10-22 on layups. Even with the stats showing the Illini’s struggles around the rim, the Hoosiers' help defense was terrific. Indiana was also able to hold Illinois without a field goal for more than 5 minutes to end the game. Indiana was 3-7 in games decided in overtime or by six points or less entering Friday, but today was different. “It's been -- for me it's been fun because it's kind of been a rollercoaster ride watching these guys develop over this season so far, but the thing that I like about our team, man, we are competitive,” coach Mike Woodson said. “Even though we've lost a lot of close games, we are very, very competitive.” Another key part of the game was free throw shooting. The Illini came in 11th in free throw percentage in the Big Ten while the Hoosiers ranked last. Friday, Illinois made just 15 of their 23 free throws. However, Kofi Cockburn who has sometimes struggled at the free throw line went 7-8 for the game. For the season Jackson-Davis has shot 66.7% from the line but with just 26.1 seconds left he was able to knock down a pair of free throws to give Indiana a 1 point lead. “It was just belief,” Jackson-Davis said. “I've been working on my free-throw routine, and it was something that I shoot a hundred free throws with some of our coaches every day, so I was just thinking of practice and trying to get that scenario in my head, that I'm just in practice knocking them down, so that's what I did.” In the first matchup between these two teams Jackson-Davis was dominated by Cockburn, but today Jackson-Davis held his own. Today, he played confidently against Cockburn and scored 21 points with great efficiency. And most importantly as much as the Hoosiers have struggled this year, it looks like they will be an NCAA tournament team. “I've had an opportunity, like you said, to build young teams like in Atlanta and I know what the grind is like,” Woodson said. “It's just getting guys to believe in what you do on and off the court, both ends of the floor. Our guys have bought into my stuff, I guess you can say, and my stuff ain't always the greatest, but it's working for us now.” Indiana’s next opponent will be Iowa in the Semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday, 3/12. The Hawkeyes are the 5th seed in Indianapolis. The game is set to tip at 1:00 PM ET. The game can be heard on WIUX 99.1 FM and online HERE with Sam Newcombe and Griffin Epstein on the call from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.
Indianapolis, IN– In the first Big Ten Championship appearance since 2002 for Indiana, the Hoosiers gave it everything they had but fell short against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hoosiers were defeated by Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament Championship 74-67. The Hawkeyes won their fourth Big Ten Tournament Championship and their first since 2019. Iowa was the runner-up to Maryland last year. The Hoosiers had a strong push coming out of halftime, but in the end, Monika Czinano and the Hawkeyes were tough to stop. Along with trying to stop Czinano, the Hoosiers had to worry about guard Grace Berger picking up her fifth foul for the entire 4th quarter. She played almost the entire 4th quarter before fouling out down 70-66 with 50 seconds remaining. “As I reminded our kids, we are still one of the best women's basketball teams in the country, and that's what I'm most proud of,” head coach Teri Moren said. Indiana had great ball pressure early against Iowa and forced turnovers leading to transition baskets. It was another intense battle from the tip between Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark and Hoosiers guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary. Cardaño-Hillary was able to guard Clark well in the first quarter holding her to 1-4 from the field. She also put up 8 points, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. The Hoosiers had struggled defensively in the first two matchups, giving up 96 and 88 points, but Indiana was able to put up a better fight this time around. “We guarded very hard and they scored less points,” Cardaño-Hillary said. “I think that's kind of our thing. We're a very good defensive team and we just held them to those points.” Although the Hoosiers played tough defense on Caitlin Clark, they were unable to contain Iowa center Monika Czinano. Czinano had 10 points in the first quarter and 30 for the game. In the three meetings against Indiana this year, she has put up 83 points. “She has great footwork. She gets you deep. She blows you up in terms of just trying to get a deep seal and trying to her physicality,” Moren said. “She's really improved and she's a load on the inside.” Even with the defense struggling, the Hoosiers found good scoring opportunities. However, the Hoosiers were unable to convert from behind the arc shooting 4-19 from 3. Even with the poor shooting, Indiana was able to go on a 5-0 run to end the half cutting the deficit to two points. The run was capped off by a beautiful step-through move and score by Grace Berger at the buzzer. “We were confident that we would get good looks and that we would get the looks that we wanted if we ran our motion because we've gotten pretty good looks on the motion the past four days,” Berger said. “We were confident offensively coming into the game.” Indiana’s next opponent will be determined on Selection Sunday, March 13th. The Hoosiers are projected as a 3 or 4 seed in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. That would allow IU to host the first two rounds of the tournament at Assembly Hall for the first time in program history. WIUX 99.1 FM is planning to broadcast the tournament games from Bloomington, IN. PHOTO COURTESY OF IU ATHLETICS
Indianapolis, IN– In one of the most competitive games for Indiana the entire year, the Hoosiers knocked off the Ohio State Buckeyes and punched their ticket to the Big Ten Championship game for the first time since 2002. The Hoosiers defeated the top-seeded Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal 70-62. In the third game in three days, the Hoosiers certainly did not show fatigue at the start of the game. Earlier in the season, the Hoosiers went through a lot of adversity including junior Mackenzie Holmes having knee surgery. They haven’t looked like the team many expected them to be coming into the year, but today on both ends of the floor they showed how they made it to the Elite Eight last year. “I think we're playing- we just look more connected,” IU head coach Teri Moren said. “We look more comfortable. And I'll tell you what, I love this team. I've always said that. I love what they're about. I love how competitive they are.” Even with the Hoosiers controlling most of the game, they were without one of their key pieces for most of the game as they announced that senior forward Aleksa Gulbe could not start because of a non-covid-related illness. In place of Gulbe’s absence in the starting lineup, sophomore Chloe Moore-McNeil got the start. Even without Gulbe, the Hoosiers started off the game with great ball pressure making it hard for the Buckeyes to get a lot of good looks. Along with the defensive effort to start the game, the Hoosiers had everything clicking on the offensive end as they scored 21 points in the 1st quarter. “I think what makes our team so good is the chemistry and just us actually want to go see each other do well,” Nicole Cardaño-Hillary said. In the second quarter, the Ohio State offense got better shots, but they were not able to connect. The Buckeyes were 0-7 from the three-point range in the 2nd quarter. However, there were positive signs for the Buckeyes as junior guard Jacy Sheldon, who came in averaging 19.4 points per game on the year, had 13 points through two quarters. Indiana countered by going 4-6 from behind the arc in the first half including three 3’s from senior Ali Patberg. “I just want to win, so I do whatever, whatever it takes, whatever we need,” Patberg said. “I'm focused on winning, and I'm competitive and, just like all my teammates, just like my coaches. That's what we're about.” Ohio State made a push in the 3rd quarter to trim the deficit to as low as five points led by Buckeyes guard Taylor Mikesell 7 third quarter points. To combat the Buckeyes’ efficiency, the Hoosiers used great ball movement to create quality looks on offense. “Proud of the fact that we shared the sugar with 20 assists on 24 field goals and most importantly that we out-rebounded them,” Moren said. “Statistics show when we out-rebound teams, we win.” Indiana will face Iowa Sunday at 4 PM ET in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game. The Hoosiers lost both regular-season meetings vs. the Hawkeyes. Indiana is looking to win their first Big Ten Tournament Championship since 2002. The game can be heard on WIUX 99.1 FM and online HERE with Derek Decker and Zion Brown on the call from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. PHOTO COURTESY OF IU ATHLETICS
Indianapolis, IN– Running away in the rubber match. In their biggest game of the season, the 5th-seeded No. 14 Indiana Women’s Basketball team defeated the 4th-seeded No. 11 Maryland 62-51 in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament. Coming off of a win yesterday against Rutgers in the second round, the Hoosiers showed no fatigue, taking the lead 4-2 in the first quarter and never giving it back. “I'm just so proud of these guys in executing the game plan and sticking to it,” head coach Teri Moren said. The Hoosiers held Maryland to some of its lowest tallies in their storied Big Ten Tournament history. The Terrapins point total, 51, was the lowest since the 2016 Big Ten Championship game and their 31.4 shooting percentage was the worst since 2015, their inaugural year in the Big Ten. For the first time this season, Maryland didn’t make a single three pointer, going 0-12 from beyond the arc. Despite getting their second-leading scorer Ashley Owusu back for the first time since February 20th, Maryland failed to get anything going offensively outside of their big guard, who did finish with a game-high 21 points. Angel Reese, their leading scorer, finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. But outside of those two, nobody tallied more than 4 points. “Our goal going into the game was to be as disruptive as we could, especially with Reese,” Moren said. “We were going to blitz her as much as we could.” Offensively for the Hoosiers, Mackenzie Holmes led the way with 17 points, a great sign for Hoosier fans as it was by far her best game since her knee surgery. Grace Berger was right behind her with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Maryland didn’t go away easily, as they cut the lead to as slim as two points in the third quarter before Indiana pulled away late in the fourth to win by double digits. “It seemed like in the third quarter we sputtered a little bit, but we didn't relinquish the lead. Then I thought we just made enough plays and found a way to win,” Moren said. It was the rubber match between the two teams, who both won on their home floor in the regular season. It certainly felt like another home game for the Hoosiers, as the Gainbridge Fieldhouse was packed with Indiana fans. This was dubbed as Indiana’s biggest game of the season, and a game that would determine whether or not the Hoosiers would host the NCAA Tournament games or be sweating it out on Selection Sunday to find out where they would play. They still control their own destiny, and can improve their NCAA Tournament seeding with at least another win this weekend. Next up for the Hoosiers is a date with the top seed, No. 13 Ohio State, a team that the Hoosiers beat by 20 on the road earlier this season. Tip off is at 3:30 PM ET Saturday, March 5th. The game can be heard on WIUX 99.1 FM or HERE with Samantha Condra and William McDermott on the call from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. PHOTO COURTESY OF IU ATHLETICS
Indianapolis, IN– win and advance. That’s the message every college basketball coach sends to their players when the calendar flips to March. The 5th-seeded and No. 14 Indiana Women’s Basketball team did just that Thursday afternoon, defeating the 13th-seeded Rutgers Scarlet Knights 66-54 inside the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. “I just thought our kids were terrific, especially in the second half,” head coach Teri Moren said. “Tournament play is always interesting, and it probably took us the whole first half I think just to really settle in and get some rhythm.” Two factors may have led to a sloppy first half. It was Indiana’s first game in six days, and they were facing the best scoring defense in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights allow less than 60 points per game. But, the Hoosiers pulled away to secure its seventh-straight 20-win season, the longest such streak in program history. It was Indiana’s first win in two weeks. "This is a resilient group, they have been all year," Moren said. Ali Patberg and Grace Berger led the Hoosiers with a combined 36 points. Patberg led all scorers with 19, including 5-7 from beyond the arc. Berger knocked down half her shots and finished with 17. But, the Indiana lineup already without an injured Kiandra Browne got even thinner when Aleksa Gulbe fouled out in the fourth quarter. This allowed Rutgers to cut the lead to as slim as eight in the final minutes before some clutch shooting sealed the deal. The win sets up a third clash with 4th-seeded Mayland in the quarterfinals tomorrow. The teams split meetings this season, with both teams winning at home. The Hoosiers defeated the Terps on January 2nd for the first time in program history, and Maryland returned the favor with a win just last Friday to close out the regular season. With a win, either team in all likelihood would solidify a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament, meaning they would host the first two rounds. Tip off is at approximately 1:50 PM ET. The game can be heard on WIUX 99.1 FM or HERE with Sam Newcombe and Ben Fitzsimmons on the call from the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. PHOTO COURTESY OF IU ATHLETICS
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WIUX Music Team is back with our second weekly picks playlist for the semester. This one is a little bit shorter than the last but there's a lot of great stuff and variety in here. We hope you enjoy it!
Coming off an exciting overtime victory for Indiana against Purdue three weeks ago, the Hoosiers were able to have a more comfortable victory Sunday against the Boilermakers. The Hoosiers held off a tough Boilermakers team 64-57. Indiana now has beaten Purdue seven straight times. This was a huge game for the Hoosiers to make sure they were able to keep up in the Big Ten. The offense struggled early on as they went down 8-2 in the first few minutes, but they were able to get it going once sophomore Chloe Moore-McNeil entered the game and hit a couple of huge shots. She ended with her first double-double of her career tallying 11 points and 10 rebounds. The bench was huge for the Hoosiers, especially Moore-McNeil. “We know the potential and what Chloe can bring to our team and it was so exciting for you guys to see it as well, not just us,” Nicole Cardaño-Hillary said. “Chloe not only gives us energy on defense but on offense she is knocking down shots.” Indiana started to step it up defensively in the last five minutes of the second quarter by applying pressure on defense and forcing turnovers. Purdue ended the game with 18 turnovers. Indiana scored 23 points off those turnovers. “I think our intensity, the energy that all of us bring, and we feed off each other on defense and that leads us into our offense,” Cardaño-Hillary said. Another key on the defensive end was guarding sophomore Madison Layden, the leading scorer for the Boilers entering the game. Layden had 15 points in the last matchup against the Hoosiers. Layden was held scoreless finishing 0-7 from the field. A lot of Layden’s struggles can be attributed to the defense of guard Ali Patberg. Although Patberg only scored 2 points her impact went way beyond the box score. “Ali being the senior veteran that she is, understands that in order for her to help her team that can come in all different kinds of ways and it might not be scoring but it certainly will be guarding,” Teri Moren said. Even though the Hoosiers had a double-digit lead most of the game, the Boilermakers wouldn’t go away without a late game push. They forced many Indiana turnovers late in the game and held the Hoosiers without a field goal for more than 2 minutes to end the game. Luckily for the Hoosiers, their free throw shooting was excellent down the stretch including Grace Berger going 4-4 from the charity stripe in the final minute. There was a whopping 7,891 in attendance at Assembly Hall today, making it the 5th largest crowd ever for a women’s basketball game at Indiana. The crowd came into play throughout the game. “I think we are really grateful to have a crowd like that in a game we needed the most because they are a rival and we knew they were going to come in here and play with everything they had,” Moore-McNeil said. Indiana will look to extend their win streak to three as they travel to Champaign to face the Illinois Fighting Illini on Wednesday, February 9th. The game can be heard on WIUX 99.1 FM and on the online stream HERE with William McDermott and Joe Brennan on the call from the State Farm Center. PHOTO COURTESY OF IU ATHLETICS
Two halves, two different stories. Indiana Men’s Basketball fell flat on their face in the second half in what was one of their biggest home games of the season. The Hoosiers were nearly doubled up in the second half, ultimately losing by 17 to Illinois, the first place team in the Big Ten. “You gotta give them credit,” Woodson said after the game. “They put a solid 40 minute ballgame together, and we put a 20 minute ballgame together.” After having a week off to prepare for this game, Indiana got off to an excellent start, leading by as much as eight points in the first half. The Hoosiers went into the locker room up 36-34 despite Trayce Jackson-Davis only playing four minutes. The All-American accumulated two fouls in the span, but the Hoosiers were still able to hold Kofi Cockburn to just five first half points, a big reason for their success. The second half was a completely different story. Indiana was outplayed, outcoached, and outworked by the Illini, who outscored Indiana 32-11 in the final 13 minutes of the ballgame. The Illini took the lead with 11:54 remaining and never gave it back, running away with it. Trent Frazier and Cockburn were unstoppable, combining for 26 second-half points. For reference, Indiana as a team had 21 second-half points. Frazier finished with 23 points and Cockburn ended the game with 17. “I thought for the most part we did a good job on the big guy, until late,” Woodson said. Cockburn was a menace down low in the paint, and although that wasn’t apparent in the box score, he was causing fits especially defensively for both Jackson-Davis and Michael Durr. Woodson was very critical of Jackson-Davis’ play, and mentioned that Durr ended up fouling out. Indiana struggled mightily from beyond the arc, a theme that Hoosier fans are familiar with this season. Indiana went 3-13 (23%) from behind the arc. The Illini, in comparison, shot 10-23 (43%) from deep “When we’ve lost games, it’s been either rebounding or not defending the three point line. I thought we were pretty good on the boards, but the three point shot got away from us again,” Woodson said. Just like the snow in Bloomington on Saturday, Indiana melted late in this game. Thompson and Xavier Johnson were the only two Hoosiers in double digits. Indiana’s starting five has been very up-and-down the entire season, and today they finished with just 40 points as a unit, provoking some questions “on the starters’ composure” in the direction of Woodson after the game, who declined to answer them. Indiana falls to 16-6 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten. Next up is a trip to Evanston, Illinois for a date with Northwestern on Tuesday night. It will certainly be a homecoming for Miller Kopp, who transferred from the Wildcats to the Hoosiers before the season. Kopp started but didn’t attempt a single shot in Saturday’s loss. Tuesday’s game will tip off at 9 ET with Griffin Epstein and Max Rezek-Te Winkle on the call for WIUX 99.1 FM. The online stream can be heard HERE. PHOTO COURTESY OF IU ATHLETICS
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