Record Crowd of 10,455 sees #7 Indiana Women’s Basketball Upsets #2 Ohio State

By Nick Jenkinson/Excel H Sports

The #7 Excel H Sports ranked Indiana Hoosiers Women’s basketball team took down the #2 Excel H Sports ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 78-65 before a regular season record crowd of 10,455 Thursday Night in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. “Hoosier Nation showed up in a big way for us tonight and the energy in the building was incredible and the Mariachi band that performed the National Anthem got us started” Head Coach Teri Moren said after the game. The Hoosiers had a crowd of 10,422 11 days ago in a blowout win over Wisconsin. It’s the first time since January 21, 1994, when the Hoosiers beat Iowa 82-58 that they have won against the Number 2 ranked team in the associated press.  Indiana is 19-1 overall and 9-1 in the Big Ten which put the Hoosiers in first place with a half game lead over Iowa who is 8-1 in the conference.  Ohio State is 19-2 overall and 8-2 in the Big Ten after the Buckeyes fell at home Monday Night to Iowa.  Indiana has won four straight over Ohio State as the Buckeyes lead the all-time series 60-25.

The Hoosiers were led by Mackenzie Holmes with 26 points and 5 rebounds on 11 for 13 shooting from the field. “Hoosier Nation keeps showing up for us night in and night on and they are like an extra teammate out on the court, Ohio State couldn’t even hear there play calls at times because they are deafening” Holmes said after the game.  Freshman Yarden Garzon had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds along with 3 assists. Ohio State Head Coach Kevin McGuff praised the freshman after the game “She did a great job and has that unique combination of size and skill, and she has a bright future here”. Sydney Parrish who was held scoreless in the first half finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Grace Berger finished with 12 points. Chloe Moore-McNeil finished with 4 points. Sara Scalia and Lilly Meister finished with 2 points each and Lexus Bargesser did not score.

Ohio State was led in scoring by Freshman Cotie McMahon with 21 points, but she fouled out with 4:50 left in the game. Taylor Mikesell added 15 points and went over the 2,000-point mark for her career on the first bucket of the game. Taylor Thierry had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Buckeyes are without guards Madison Greene and Jacy Sheldon due to Injuries.  “It was great Indiana is building on their fan base and every time we come here it gets bigger and bigger and it’s great for Women’s Basketball and the young ladies in this league” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said after the game.

Indiana led 17-16 after one quarter as Mackenzie Holmes scored 11 first quarter points. Ohio State outscored the Hoosiers 20-15 in the second quarter as Ohio State 36-32 going into the locker room. Holmes scored 18 points in the first half as she and Garzon combined for 27 of 32 Hoosier Points in the first half. Cotie McMahon scored 18 points and she along with Garzon showed why they are two of the top freshmen in the Big Ten.

In the third quarter neither team could score for the first 2 minutes and 2 seconds until Ohio State scored Taylor Thierry layup to lead 38-32. The Hoosiers went on 17-0 run as Chloe Moore McNeil put IU in the lead 39-38 with 5:54 left in the third quarter. The run was capped by back-to-back three pointers from Yarden Garzon and Sydney Parrish. Cotie McMahon scored the next three points for the Buckeyes. Indiana responded with 7-0 with back-to-back steals and buckets by Garzon and Parrish. Ohio State hit a free throw and Holmes scored the final three points of the quarter as the Hoosiers outscored the Buckeyes 10-1 in the final 3:33 of the quarter and 27-6 in the third quarter to lead 59-42.

In the fourth quarter Ohio State went on a 7-0 run with Taylor Thierry scoring 4 of the points and Mikesell hitting a three pointer. Grace Berger hit a three for Indiana, but the Buckeyes went a 4-0 as Taylor Mikesell scored back-to-back buckets.  Holmes scored on back-to-back buckets for Indiana. Indianapolis Native and North Central HS grad scored the next five points for the Buckeyes. Sydney Parrish scored 4 point and got Cotie McMahon to pick up her fifth foul and foul out with 4:50 left in the game. The Buckeyes cut the lead to nine points and IU scored 5 of the last 6 points of the game to win by 13.  Indiana will host Rutgers on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm as the Hoosiers look for win number 20 on the season and for eight straight season and the ninth in the last ten seasons.


The following is per: Ohio State University Athletics.

Mikesell Scores 2,000th in Indiana Loss 

The Buckeyes lost by a 78-65 margin on Thursday night in Bloomington.  


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 2/5 Ohio State Buckeyes (19-2, 8-2 B1G) fell to No. 6/6 Indiana (19-1, 9-1 B1G) by a 78-65 margin in Bloomington on Thursday night.

Ohio State got out to a quick start to take an early 16-8 lead, but Indiana had the 17-16 lead after one quarter. The Buckeyes used a 7-0 run midway through the second quarter to take a 36-32 lead into halftime. Indiana had a 27-6 advantage in the third quarter to hold a 59-42 lead after 30 minutes. Ohio State had the advantage in the fourth but couldn’t get closer than eight points.

Taylor Mikesell scored her 2,000th career point to begin the game and finished with 15 points. Cotie McMahon was the first Buckeye to reach double figures, doing so in the second quarter and finishing with 21 points. Taylor Thierry also scored in double figures, finishing with 13 points and matched her career-high 12 rebounds for her first career double-double.

How it Happened

Mikesell’s 2,000th career point opened scoring for the contest as the teams traded points. Ohio State scored seven-unanswered points to take an 11-5 lead and held the 14-8 advantage at the media timeout. Indiana scored the final seven points of the first quarter to take a 17-16 lead after 10 minutes.

Cotie McMahon began things in the second quarter to take the lead back for Ohio State. The teams traded the lead twice before a 7-0 Buckeye run, including five from McMahon, gave OSU the 27-23 advantage with 5:32 to play before halftime. McMahon stretched her second-quarter points to 11 as the Buckeyes led 31-27 at the media timeout. Scoring was even to wrap up the first half with Ohio State up 36-32.

Both teams started slowly in the third quarter as each had only two points in the first two-and-a-half minutes. The Hoosiers then scored 11-unanswered points to take a 43-38 lead midway through the quarter. Indiana made two more three-pointers out of the media to stretch the lead to 49-38, forcing an OSU timeout with 3:45 to play. The Hoosiers ended the third quarter with a 59-42 lead.

Ohio State scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to get within 10 at 59-49 with eight minutes to play. The Buckeyes cut the deficit to single digits multiple times with the Hoosiers answering each time. Ohio State would get no closer than eight.

Game Notes 

  • Taylor Mikesell reached 2,000 career points with her first basket of the game. She finished with 15 points, scoring 10+ for the 20th time this season. 
  • Cotie McMahon was the first Buckeye to reach double figures, doing so for the 13th time this season. McMahon had 18 points in the first half on her way to 21 total points, reaching 20+ point for the eighth time this season. 
  • Taylor Thierry reached double figures for the 15th time this season and totaled 13 points. She matched her career-high 12 rebounds to earn the first double-double of her career.  
  • Q2: The Buckeyes shot 8-of-14 (.571) from the field during the quarter.  

Up Next 


Ohio State returns home on Sunday to host Purdue at 1 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes will be honoring the 1992-93 team at halftime.

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