Teri Moren has been looking for improvement on the defensive end, and she got it on Sunday afternoon in Bloomington.
Indiana held Lipscomb to 30.9 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers in a dominant 77-44 win at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
“We were a little bit better tonight defensively from our group,” Moren said. “The defensive goal, because I’ll probably be asked was to keep them under 60, so we were able to do that.”
Moren particularly liked the defensive play of her second-year guard.
“Lexus Bargesser was terrific on the defensive side of the ball. She was really locked.”
IU used a 21-6 second quarter to pull away. Fifth-year senior Mackenzie Holmes scored nine of her 23 points in that second stanza, and led the Hoosiers with a team-high nine rebounds on the afternoon. As a team, the Hoosiers outrebounded Lipscomb 43-27, and dominated in the paint with a 42-14 scoring advantage.
Sara Scalia ensured there would be no upset bid with a scorching effort from beyond the 3-point arc. She made 5-of-7 from deep and led Indiana with 24 points.
The Hoosiers shared the basketball, assisting on 23 of their 31 field goals. Scalia also led the way in that department with five assists.
Now 3-1 on the season, Indiana will be face a major challenge later this week. The Hoosiers will play Tennessee at 6 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving Day in Fort Myers, Fla. That game will air on FOX.
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