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Indiana women’s basketball beats Rutgers, reaches 20 wins

Coming off one of its biggest wins of the season, IU women’s basketball stayed on course.

The sixth-ranked Hoosiers earned another victory Sunday, defeating Rutgers 91-68 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Indiana enters February undefeated at home.

Indiana (20-1, 10-1 Big Ten) trailed at the end of the first quarter, as Rutgers (9-14, 3-8) came out firing offensively. IU responded with an offensive onslaught in the second quarter, with 33 points.

The Scarlet Knights didn’t go down easily, hanging tough during the third quarter and putting up a fight even as Indiana’s offense flourished. But the Hoosiers proved to be too much on this day, shooting 63 percent from the field and 61 percent from 3-point range as a team. IU won the turnover battle, and turned Rutgers’ turnovers into key points.

Grace Berger enjoyed her best game since returning from her knee injury in early January. The senior was on point all afternoon, racking up 21 points on a 9-for-11 line with seven assists and two steals. She’s typically a mid-range sniper, but she was firing from beyond the arc on Sunday as well. Berger went 3 for 3 on 3-point attempts.

Freshman Yarden Garzon put up a big first half, with four 3-pointers and 14 points. But she cooled off in the second half and got caught in foul trouble, so didn’t add any more points. She did chip in four rebounds and three assists.

Senior Mackenzie Holmes tied Berger with a team-high 21 points, shooting 8 for 11 in doing so. She grabbed eight rebounds, swatted two blocks, and swiped two steals.

Junior Sydney Parrish also had a big game, shooting 5 for 10 from the field and 3 for 6 from 3-point range for 17 points. She led the Hoosiers with six rebounds, and added two assists, a block, and a steal.

Indiana hits the road on Wednesday to take on Minnesota.