Indiana’s defense struck early and often, sparked by Whitney Lindsey and her four first-half steals, to cruise to a relatively easy 76-41 women’s basketball win Saturday over Division II University of Indianapolis at Assembly Hall in the Hoosiers’ second and final exhibition contest of the season.
Indiana jumped up 43-26 by halftime and held strong in the second half, allowing just six points in the first 13 minutes.
The Hoosiers shot 50 percent (32-of-64) and outrebounded the Greyhounds 40-38 overall and 22-16 in the second half.
Jori Davis led the way with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds. Lindsay was 5-of-10 for 11 points and had a team high seven assists while Elam Hope had 15 points. Aulani Sinclair, Alisha Goodwin and Danilsa Andujar each had 11 points in a balanced effort.
Former Terre Haute standout Samantha Meissel led UIndy with 18 points, all in the first half. Owen Valley grads Nickole and Heather Gonser are on the Indianapolis roster. Nickole played 12 minutes, grabbing three boards while Heather has been out the last three weeks with an injured knee.
IU opens the regular season on Friday at Ball State. The home opener is Nov 15 vs. St. Bonaventure.
— Jim Gordillo
It’ll be career coaching win No. 100 for either Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz or Indiana’s Bill Lynch today, with Ferentz’s No. 15-ranked Hawkeyes clearly favored coming into the game.
Another sparse showing in the stands so far, but it’s too early and too cold for most of the students. This could be one of those games where the stands fill up reasonably well as the afternoon proceeds, especially if the home team stays competitive. And it might. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes have split the last 10 meetings evenly, including 2-2 over the last four, and last season’s game at Iowa City was one of IU’s better performances before things fell apart for the Hoosiers in the fourth quarter.
As always, I’ll have some analysis, observations and updates for you to peruse on the other side of the jump.
Jordan Hulls comes to the bench during Wednesday’s win against Franklin. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Indiana safety Chris Adkins (ankle) is still questionable for Saturday’s noon game against Iowa, meaning it’s uncertain he’ll play, but this is the closest he’s been to getting on the field this season.
Two of Adkins’ mates in the secondary have a better chance to play. Cornerback Adrian Burks (hip) and safety Lenyatta Kiles (groin) have both been upgraded to probable for Saturday’s game. Offensive tackle James Brewer (ankle) is also probable. He rotated possessions with sophomore Marc Damisch last week after missing the previous three games.
Kicker Nick Freeland (hip) is out again after being listed as questionable earlier in the week. He hasn’t played since the season opener.
From IU Sports Info:
THOMAS, ERNEST NAMED IOWA GAME CAPTAINS
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Head Football Coach Bill Lynch announced that junior middle linebacker Jeff Thomas and junior cornerback Matt Ernest will serve as game captains for Saturday’s contest vs. Iowa. They will join season captains Ben Chappell and Tyler Replogle for the noon EDT kickoff against the Hawkeyes.
Chappell and Replogle were elected season captains by their teammates during the preseason, and the team’s Leadership Council will vote on two other game captains each week to join them. Thomas will serve as a captain for the second consecutive week and the second time this season, while Ernest is a captain for the first time.
Saturday’s Senior Day game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Tom Werme will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by Derek Rackley (analyst) and Stacy Paetz (sideline). The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.
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