Indiana completed a perfect non-conference slate with a 67-50 win over Butler on Wednesday afternoon in Bloomington.
Senior forward Mackenzie Holmes poured in a game-high 21 points as the No. 4/3 Hoosiers (12-0) cruised at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
IU began to pull away late in the first quarter and into the second. Freshman guard Yarden Garzon hit back-to-back threes before assisting on a bucket to Holmes, sparking an 8-2 run for the Hoosiers in the closing minutes of the first quarter. Behind three-point baskets from Garzon and junior guard Sydney Parrish, IU opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run.
The Hoosiers took a 17-point lead into the break behind 17 first-half points from Holmes. She added seven rebounds and three assists on the afternoon.
Garzon had 13 points, along with three rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil recorded six points, four assists and tied her season high with seven rebounds. Freshman Lexus Bargesser added eight points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes off the bench.
“I am happy that we can go home the next three or four days after a win,” coach Teri Moren said. “It is much easier to go home and celebrate Christmas after a win than it is a loss from experience. Trust me when I tell you that. I have been on both sides of it. Happy, we won! We are going to take a couple of days off and then resume when Big Ten play starts.”
Indiana’s 12-0 start is the best under Moren and the best since a 14-0 start in 2013-14.
Indiana breaks for the holidays and returns to Big Ten action on Thursday, Dec. 29 at Michigan State. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET at the Breslin Center.
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