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IU women’s basketball No. 2 seed for Big Ten Tournament, Holmes is conference player of the week

After a record setting 2020-21 campaign, the No. 10 IU women now turn their attention to the postseason.

Indiana (18-4, 16-2) is the No. 2 seed for this year’s Big Ten Tournament after the Hoosiers finished second in the conference standings, their highest placement since sharing the Big Ten title in 1982-83 and set a school record for conference wins in a season.

Indiana, which advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals last year for the first time since 2006, will tip off its postseason schedule at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Thursday with a tournament quarterfinal game against the winner of the second-round matchup between No. 7 seed Michigan State and 10th-seeded Penn State.

IU earned the double-round bye for the third time in the Teri Moren era, when it was the No. 4 seed in 2016 and 2017.

The Hoosiers were unable to catch No. 1 seed Maryland during the regular season but will look to get another chance this week.  Sitting on the other side of the bracket, the Terrapins will open tournament play at 11 a.m. (ET) Thursday with a quarterfinal contest against the winner of the second-round game between No. 8 seed Nebraska and No. 9 seed Minnesota.

The full bracket with television designations is below.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

2021 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Announced


Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes earned the final Big Ten Player of the Week honor for her performances against Iowa and Purdue.

This is the first Big Ten Player of the Week award for Holmes, who was previously named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times last season. She’s also the first Hoosier to earn player of the week honors this season.

The Gorham, Maine native helped No. 10 Indiana to a pair of wins by averaging 24.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, shooting 82.1 percent from the floor, 2.5 blocks, 2.5 assist and 1.0 steals per game. Against Iowa, Holmes went 11-for-13 from the floor as she tied a team-high 22 points and recorded her fifth double-double of the season with a game-high 11 rebounds. She also added two blocks and an assist in 35 minutes of work.

Against Purdue, Holmes helped the Hoosiers secure the Barn Burner trophy for the fifth-straight season as she had a game-high 26 points on 12-for-15 shooting. She narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds, set a career-high four assists and had three blocks to go along with two steals against the Boilermakers.

Ali Patberg was the last IU player to win the award, in March 2020.

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