Hoosier Women Dominate on the Road

#9 Excel H Sports Ranked Indiana Dominates Nebraska on the road to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten
By Nick Jenkinson\Excel H Sports
#9 Excel H Sports Ranked Indiana Hoosiers went into Lincoln Nebraska Sunday Afternoon and handled the Nebraska Cornhuskers 91-69 in Pinnacle Bank Arena in front of a crowd of 9,050. Indiana is 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten and will host Penn State on Wednesday Night as the Hoosiers are on a 12-game winning streak. Nebraska is 11-4 and 3-1 in the Big Ten and will host Illinois on Thursday. Indiana has won two in a row against the Huskers and eight of the last nine meetings dating back to 2018. The Hoosiers 22-point victory is the largest margin victory against Nebraska in Lincoln and the fourth time that Hoosiers have won and Lincoln along with 2016, 2019 and 2020 and lead the all-time series 12-6.

Mackenize Holmes led the Hoosiers with 22 points and six rebounds and Sydney Parrish scored 20 points and went 6-7 from three-point range. Sara Scalia added 19 points hitting five three pointers and Chloe Moore-McNeil added 16 points and hit two three pointers. The Hoosiers finished the game shooting 60 % from the field on 34-56, 14-23 form the three-point range for 61% and 9-14 from free throw line for 64%. Indiana pulled down 30 rebounds, dished 22 assists, 7 steals, 2 blocks and committed 14 turnovers.  The inside play along with the ability to knock down the outside shot and sharing the basketball make the Hoosiers a scary team come March. Head Coach Teri Moren does not believe that we have seen the Hoosiers reach their full potential. “I don’t know that we have hit our stride. I hope not. I don’t want to peak too soon” Moren said after the game.

Holmes has scored 2,172 points and now is 193 points away from breaking the school’s all-time scoring record of 2,364 points held by Tyra Buss. Sydney Parrish has scored 34 points in the last two games and is 9-11 from three-point range. Scalia has hit nine three pointers in her last two games going 0-3 against Illinois on New Year’s Eve. Moore-McNeil has scored 44 points in her last three games. Lilly Meister scored 5 points, Yarden Garzon 3 points along with 2 points apiece from Juliana LaMendola, Lenee Beaumont and Lexus Bargesser and Henna Sandvik did not score.

Nebraska was led with 21 points and 6 rebounds from Alexis Markowski along with 13 points off the bench from Logan Nisley. Freshman Natalie Potts scored 9 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Second leading scorer Jaz Shelley was held to 6 points. Nebraska finished 27-61 from the field for 44%, 9-22 from three-point range for 41% and 6-8 from the free throw line for 75%. The Cornhuskers pulled down 29 rebounds, dished out 19 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks and committed 19 turnovers.

In the first quarter Sydney Parrish picked up where she left off against Michigan Last Thursday Night as the Fishers, Indiana native went 4-4 from three-point range with 12 points as the Hoosiers led 20-15 after the opening period. Parrish drained her fifth three pointer and she missed her first three point shot with 2:33 left before halftime as she was 6-8 from the field and 5-6 from three-point range with 17 points as the Hoosiers led 42-29 at the break and outscored Nebraska 22-14 in the second quarter.

In the second half Mackenize Holmes went to work scoring 11 points in the third quarter as Alexis Markowski picked up her fourth foul with 8:36 left in the third quarter. Markowski had 14 points and 6 rebounds in the first half, but the Huskers had no answer for Holmes once she went to the bench with foul trouble. Parrish drained her sixth three of the game 6:34 left in the third quarter as the Hoosiers led 69-49 at the end of the third quarter and the Hoosiers outscored Nebraska 27-20.  Indiana finished it off with a 22-point fourth quarter as Nebraska was heating up from three-point range, but the Hoosiers answered every time Huskers scored with a bucket of their own.

The Hoosiers and Iowa are both 4-0 and meet on Saturday Night in Iowa City in primetime showdown on FOX. The Hawkeyes travel to Purdue Wednesday Night and if both teams win on Wednesday Night it sets up the third game for the Hoosiers in facing an unbeaten big ten team and the third in four games and so far, the Hoosiers are 2-2 in those matchups and if they get past Penn State Wednesday night, they will go for three for three with the Conference lead on the line in Iowa City.

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