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IU women’s basketball routs Wisconsin in front of record crowd

A massive crowd got to see just how dominant this IU women’s basketball team can be.

In front of a regular season record crowd of 10,422 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers crushed Wisconsin 93-56 on Sunday afternoon.

IU (16-1, 5-1) used a 23-8 second quarter to pull away from the Badgers for good.  Senior center Mackenzie Holmes had another highly efficient game on the offensive end, making 11-of-15 shots.  She scored 29 points and had eight rebounds in just 26 minutes of action.

The Hoosiers had their way in the paint, allowing Holmes to go into halftime leading the way with 21 points. The Badgers would come as close as four in the second, but IU went into halftime on a 19-2 run over the last seven minutes of first half action.

“I want to comment quickly on the crowd, which was unbelievable,” coach Teri Moren said.  “The second largest in history in our program which is pretty terrific. It was one of those days where there was a lot of really good basketball that they were able to see.”

Freshman wing Yarden Garzon made four 3-pointers and scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go with eight rebounds and seven assists.  The Israel native had family in attendance.

“On a day where both Yarden’s mom and sister were here, what a game she had. 19 (points), eight (rebounds), and seven (assists). So pretty terrific day for her,” Moren said.

Joining them in double figures were Grace Berger with 11 points, and Sydney Parrish with 10.

The Hoosiers shot 54.7 percent from the field overall including 40 percent (8-of-20) from three while holding Wisconsin to just 34.9 and 20 percent, respectively.  The Badgers committed 21 turnovers on the day.  IU scored 31 points off those turnovers and scored 21 on fast breaks.

“I thought for the most part, there is very little to be unhappy with. 26 assists on 35 makes,” Moren said.  “We shot the ball fairly well. We want to be better from the free throw line, you know I have to find something that I am not pleased with.

“Again, great day for us, but also a great day to be able to share this team with the groups of young people that were here. It is great to share our team with not just our community, but also the surrounding communities. Particularly, those young kids that were in the crowd today.”

The all-time record crowd was set for the 2018 NIT championship game.

Indiana will next travel to Illinois on Wednesday.

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