Everybody saw the floor in Indiana’s 96-43 season opening win over Eastern Illinois.
The Hoosiers scored the last eight points of the first quarter to take a 29-14 lead and never looked back in front of 8,380 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday evening.
Led by 9-of-10 effort from the field by Mackenzie Holmes, and 7-of-7 by Lexus Bargesser off the bench, IU shot 79.5 percent from 2-point range. Four Indiana players scored in double figures, with Holmes pouring in 19. Bargesser and Yarden Garzon added 15, and Sara Scalia had 13.
On the other end IU forced 22 EIU turnovers (against just four assists) and limited the Panthers to just 30.2 percent shooting.
Holmes had a team high six rebounds and four blocks in 18 minutes, while Garzon stuffed the stat sheet with seven assists and five boards in 21 minutes. None of IU’s starters played more than 21 minutes, and every player on the team saw the floor for at least five.
The win was the 400th of head coach Teri Moren’s career.
“It’s good to get your first one at home, in front of a great crowd so once again, I’ll probably say this often, we are so grateful for our fans, Hoosier Nation that comes out to support us and create such a great environment for both teams,” Moren said after the game. “I get a lot of compliments from the energy in the building, and it has a lot to do with the people inside of it and we’re really grateful for our fans.”
Highlights and stats from the game are below.
A much greater challenge awaits. No. 9 Indiana (1-0) will travel to No. 15 Stanford on Sunday (5 p.m. ET, ESPN).
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