Indiana women’s basketball has some work to do.
The ninth-ranked Hoosiers faced a big early-season test at No. 15 Stanford on Sunday, and it did not go well. The Cardinal ran away with a lopsided 96-64 victory at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford (2-0) set the tone early through All-American center Cameron Brink, who dominated on both ends. The senior put up 10 points, six rebounds, an assist, a block, and a steal in just the first quarter, while locking down the paint — and Indiana graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes — on the other end. Brink was the best player on the floor the entire game, and finished with 20 points on a 6-for-11 clip, including 2 for 3 from 3-point range, along with 17 rebounds, two assists, four blocks, five turnovers, and a steal.
Indiana (1-1) didn’t fare much better against Stanford forward Kiki Iriafen. She finished with a double-double — 20 points on a 9-for-12 line, and 11 rebounds.
On the other end, Brink and the Cardinal took Holmes completely out of the game. IU’s All-American shot just 3 of 12 for eight points with two rebounds, a block, and three turnovers. This was the first time Holmes scored fewer than 10 points since February 2022.
The Hoosiers were just never able to adjust to Stanford’s defense, and their outside shootes never got rolling. IU made just five of its 32 attempts from 3-point range Sunday — both a higher volume than head coach Teri Moren typically likes, and an abnormally low shooting percentage. Indiana shot 32 percent from the field.
Senior guard Sydney Parrishshot 4 for 11 for a team-high 15 points, and she also led the team with five rebounds. She shot 2 f0r 7 from 3-point range.
Fifth-year senior guard Sara Scalia tied Parrish with 15 points, on a 5-for-14 mark from the field. But the sharpshooter went just 1 for 8 from 3-point range.
Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil struggled from long-range as well, matching Scalia’s 1-for-8 clip from beyond the arc. She shot 5 for 13 from the field for 11 points, with a team-high six assists.
Stanford led at halftime, 54-26. IU made just two of its 17 attempts from 3-point range in the first half, and Holmes was held scoreless until the third quarter. The game really started to get away from the Hoosiers in the second quarter, when Stanford outscored them 28-11.
IU returns home to take on Murray State on Friday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.