The IU women’s basketball program closed out the regular season in style with a 74-59 win over in-state rival Purdue on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers went into the fourth leading, 53-51. That’s when Indiana turned on the jets, dominating the fourth quarter, 21-8.
A Mackenzie Holmes lay-in began a 14-2 run for Indiana. With 4:14 left to play, the Hoosiers would go on another 7-0 run and lead by as many as 17.
The Hoosiers set a program record with their 16th Big Ten win of the season, and they extended their season win streak to nine games, the longest of the campaign. They sent off seniors Ali Patberg and Keyanna Warthen in style.
“I am happy that we are on the winning side especially for those two young ladies, Ali Patberg and Keyanna Warthen, being that it is senior day,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said. “I am happy for our team. I’m happy for Key and Ali that we can have and celebrate senior night, and that they can always look back on this and know that they won this game. It was a grind it out sort of day for us but give Purdue credit for coming in and changing the way that they play to see if something would stick against us. I thought it did stifle us, but I still thought that we responded when we had to.”
Holmes led Indiana with 26 points and she added a team high nine rebounds. The Hoosiers had four in double figures. Joining Holmes were Aleksa Gulbe, Nicole Cardano-Hillary and Grace Berger with 14, 11 and 10, respectively.
The Hoosiers tallied 21 assists on 30 made field goals, and scored 44 of their 74 points in the paint.
No. 10 Indiana (18-4, 16-2) claimed their fifth straight win over Purdue. They have now won 9 of the last 10 overall in the series. The Hoosiers also won their fifth-straight Barn Burner trophy game to extend their longest win streak in the series.
Indiana will travel to Indianapolis for the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament from March 9-13. An official bracket will be set following the conclusion of Saturday’s games at approximately 10 p.m. ET.
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— Indiana Women’s Basketball (@IndianaWBB) March 6, 2021
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