Scalia Triple’s Bury Badgers 

Scalia Triple’s Bury Badgers 
By Nick Jenkinson\Excel H Sports
Sara Scalia hit four three pointers to become set the single season record for three pointers made in IU Women’s Basketball history as the # 13 Excel H Sports Ranked Indiana Hoosiers beat Wisconsin 68-54 on Wednesday Night at the Kohl Center in Madison. Scalia broke Amanda Cahill’s record of 78 the set in the 2017-18 season. Scalia came into the game tied with Tyra Buss for second place who played from 2014-18 on the list with 75. Scalia hit 3 triples in the first half and broke the record with 35 seconds left in the third quarter. Scalia finished the game with 15 points as the Hoosiers beat the Badgers for the 10 straight time and fifth straight win in Madison since 2017. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 54-24 and have won 12 of the last 13 meetings against the Badgers since February of 2014.

Mackenize Holmes had 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers and has 2,389 points for her career after setting the school’s all-time scoring record on Sunday. Holmes has 947 rebounds, 240 blocks along with a school record 983 field goals made and 121 wins in 139 games played. Chloe Moore-McNeil added 12 points. Lexus Bargesser, Lilly Meister and Lenee Beaumont all had 5 points apiece. Juliana LaMendola scored 2 points. Yarden Garzon, Henna Sandvik and Arielle Wisne played but did not score. The Hoosiers finished the game 24-54 from the field for 44%, 10-20 from three-point range for 50% and 10-16 from the free throw for 62%. Indiana pulled down 26 rebounds, dished out 17 assists, 8 steals, 3 blocks and committed 11 turnovers. The Hoosiers are 21-3 on the season and 12-2 in the Big Ten and play at Illinois on Monday afternoon in a President’s Day Matinee at 2pm.

Wisconsin who drops to 11-12 overall and 4-9 in the Big Ten was led by Serah Williams with 18 points and 14 rebounds for her 10th straight double-double and 13th of the season. Ronnie Porter added 11 points and Brooke Schramek added 10 points. The Badgers finished the game 18-42 from the field for 43%, 1-7 from three-point range for 14% and 17-21 from the free throw line for 81%. Wisconsin pulled down 32 rebounds, dished out 7 assists, 2 steals, 6 blocks and committed 19 turnovers.

Wisconsin hung with Indiana to start the game as the Hoosiers lead 20-19 after the first quarter. Indiana outscored the Badgers 21-6 in the second quarter to lead 41-25 at halftime. Wisconsin would not go away outscoring the Hoosiers 14-7 in the third quarter as the cut to the Hoosier lead to 6 45-39 with 3:08 left in the 3rd but Scalia’s record breaking three put the Hoosiers up 48-39 at the end of the third quarter. Indiana outscored Wisconsin 20-15 in the fourth quarter as the Badgers could not get any closer than 11 points. Lilly Meister drained her first career three pointer with 19 seconds left which was her first of the season in her career second attempt after she missed one at Stanford in November.

The Hoosiers are behind Ohio State at 13-1 in the conference standings as the Buckeyes beat Nebraska 80-47 in Columbus Wednesday Night. Iowa is 11-2 hosts Michigan Thursday Night as Caitlin Clark is 8 points away from setting the all-time NCAA Women’s Division 1 Scoring record. The Hoosiers and the Hawkeyes meet up next Thursday Night in Bloomington and Ohio State travels to Iowa on March 3, In the regular season finale. The top three have separated themselves from the rest of the conference in a three-horse race that will come down to the wire.

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