#21 Excel H Sports Ranked Stanford routs #10 Excel H Sports Ranked Indiana University Women’s Basketball in Early Season Showdown

#21 Excel H Sports Ranked Stanford routs #10 Excel H Sports Ranked Indiana University Women’s Basketball in Early Season Showdown
By Nick Jenkinson/Excel H Sports

A battle of top 25 Women’s Basketball teams became a one-sided affair as the #21 Stanford Cardinal blew out the #10 Indiana Hoosiers 96-64 Sunday in Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto California.  The Cardinal are 2-0 on the season while the Hoosiers drop to 1-1. Indiana will host Murray State on Friday Night in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.  Stanford is 3-1 all time against the Hoosiers and are 2-0 in Maples Pavilion when the Cardinal beat the Hoosiers 87-72 on November 16, 2001. Stanford will come to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall next year as a return game in this home and home series.  Indiana’s only win in the series came on December 21, 1980, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina 73-63.

Stanford Head Coach and Hall of Famer Tara VanderVeer played at Indiana from 1972-75 under Bea Gorton and she is 3-0 against the Hoosiers as the Stanford Head Coach. Stanford beat Indiana 69-66 on November 25, 2021, in Nassau Bahamas.  VanderVeer has 1,188 career wins in her 45th season overall and 1,036 wins in her 39th season at Stanford.

The Cardinal jumped out a 6-0 lead with back-to-back three pointers by Elena Bosgana two minutes and six seconds into the game. Indiana got on the board with a jumper by Sara Scalia with 7:22 left in the first period.  Preseason All-American Cameron Brink scored eight straight points for the Cardinal as she increased the lead 14-4 as the Cardinal led 26-15 after the first quarter.  In the second quarter the Cardinal outscored the Hoosiers 28-11 and went to the locker room leading 54-26. Preseason All-American Mackenize Holmes was held scoreless in the first half.

Stanford outscored the Hoosiers 21-16 in the third quarter to lead 75-42 at the end of the third quarter. In the Fourth Quarter Indiana outscored the Cardinal 22-21 as the Cardinal dominated the Hoosiers from start to finish. Kiki Iriafen posted her second double-double in two games with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Cameron Brink scored 20 points and pulled down 17 rebounds along with 4 blocks dominating her matchup with Mackenize Holmes. Brink the 6-4 Senior from Beaverton, Oregon went 6-11 from the field, 2-3 from three-point range and 6-6 from the free throw line. Nunu Agara added 13 points off the bench. Hannah Jump added 12 points and Elena Bosgana scored 10 points. The Cardinal went 36-72 from the field for 50%, 11-29 from three-point range for 38% and 13-15 from the free throw line for 86%. Stanford had 50 rebounds, 14 assists, 6 blocks, 5 steals and 13 turnovers.

Syndey Parrish and Sara Scalia had 15 points each to lead the Hoosiers. Chloe Moore-McNeil added 11 points. Lenee Beaumont scored 9 points off the bench and was the only bench points for IU as 10 of 12 Hoosiers played. Mackenize Holmes scored 8 points and had 2 rebounds. Holmes went 3-12 from the field 0-3 from three-point range and 2-2 from the Free Throw Line. Holmes became the second all-time leading scorer in IU Women’s Basketball History passing Denise Jackson who had 1,917 points. Holmes was 1 point behind her coming into the game and now sits at 1,924 points.

Yarden Garzon scored 6 points with 3 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. Indiana struggled going 22-63 from the field for 35%, 5-32 from three-point range for 15% and 15-16 from the free throw line for 98%. The Hoosiers pulled down 27 rebounds, dished out 10 assists, 6 steals and 2 blocks. Indiana committed 15 turnovers in the game.

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