Indiana’s biggest road games of the season have been major disappointments this year.
Sunday added another to the list.
No. 10 IU women’s basketball struggled against No. 8 Ohio State’s press defense, and the Hoosiers fell 74-69 in Columbus at Value City Arena.
Indiana (18-3, 9-2 Big Ten) wasn’t blown out like it was against Iowa and Stanford, and the Hoosiers didn’t go down easily. IU went on a 12-4 run within the final three minutes to put late pressure on Ohio State (19-3, 10-1).
But this was a major missed opportunity. The Buckeyes pulled a game ahead of IU in the Big Ten standings with the victory, and this was the most winnable game of the aforementioned three big road games.
IU led at halftime, 37-32. The Buckeyes grabbed an 18-11 lead in the first quarter, but the Hoosiers turned things around in the second quarter, outscoring OSU 26-14. But the Buckeyes’ stingy press defense got IU out of its element, just as it did in last year’s Big Ten Tournament. IU committed a season-high 23 turnovers, with 21 just by the end of the third quarter. Yarden Garzon finished with a team-high six turnovers.
Scalia led the Hoosiers with 25 points on a 8-for-17 clip, including a 3-for-7 mark from 3-point range. This was the fifth-year’s fourth 20-point game in her last five contests. Holmes shot 6 for 12 for 14 points, with eight rebounds. Chloe Moore-McNeil chipped in 10 points on a 4-for-7 line. Garzon shot 5 for 10 from the field and 3 for 4 from 3-point range for 14 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
IU continued to play without Sydney Parrish, who’s recovering from a foot injury. Lexus Bargesser started in her place for the fourth straight game, and contributed six points and four rebounds.
The Hoosiers return home on Thursday to host Michigan State at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
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