Indiana Dominates Purdue, Now Looks to Big Ten Tournament to Build NCAA Resume

There is no better way to go out on senior day than a blowout victory over your biggest rival.

That’s exactly what Indiana seniors Kym Royster and Grace Withrow got as Indiana routed Purdue 73-51 on Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The win also marked the 300th career victory for head coach Teri Moren, coming at the expense of her alma mater.

Purdue scored the first two points of the game — but that would mark their only lead on this day.  Indiana answered with a 21-9 run and never looked back.

By halftime the score was 43-22, and at one point in the second half the Hoosiers led by as much 33.

It was a balanced attack for the Hoosiers with four players in double figures.

Ali Patberg led the way with 18 points while Jaelynn Penn chipped in 13.

Indiana dominated the glass, winning the rebound margin 46-30.  Five different Hoosiers had at least six rebounds, with Brenna Wise leading the way with nine.

Bendu Yeaney had an impressive stat line with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.  She was also effective on the defensive end in limiting Purdue guard Karissa McLaughlin to just six points, nine under her average.

Royster struggled with foul trouble and played only 17 minutes.  She scored 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in what was her final regular season action in Bloomington.

Withrow, a walk-on with the program, got into the game for one minute and made a free throw.

The Hoosiers played a stifling brand of defense, hold Purdue to just 30% from the field.

Next up for IU is the Big Ten Tournament, which begins on Wednesday in Indianapolis.  You can find the bracket for this week’s tournament here.

Indiana (19-11, 8-10) finds itself squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble, and will likely need one or more wins to secure a spot.

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