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No. 16 Hoosiers wilt in 15th straight loss to No. 14 Buckeyes

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There was a whole lot of blame to go around

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament: Maryland vs Indiana Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The losing equation for Indiana was simple.

One made 3-pointer plus nine missed free throws plus 17 turnovers equaled one regrettable loss. No. 16 IU’s skid against No. 14 Ohio State stretched to 15 consecutive defeats in a 78-70 loss to the Buckeyes on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

Oh, man. Where to start?

The turnovers seem like a fitting place to begin — because there were plenty of them. Five in the first period, two in the second, five in the third and five in the fourth. Ohio State seized upon those errors and scored 17 points off the giveaways, claiming the 26th game in the past 28 meetings.

Even with the Hoosiers’ shortcomings, the game saw five ties, nine lead changes and an Indiana lead late in the third. It wasn’t until a decisive fourth quarter for the Buckeyes that the game slipped away. Ohio State outscored IU 25-16 in the final frame, recording the first 11 points of the period as part of a 15-3 run. Grace Berger scored 10 of her career-high-tying 26 points during the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.

Berger (10 rebounds) and Mackenzie Holmes each posted double-doubles for the Hoosiers, with Holmes recording 17 points and 10 boards. No other Hoosier reached double figures.

Indiana finished the game shooting 39% from the field, 7.1% from beyond the arc and 62% from the free throw line.

Ali Patberg drained IU’s lone 3-ball 1:36 into the contest. From there, the Hoosiers missed each of their next 13 attempts from the perimeter. Patberg and Jaelynn Penn combined to shoot 6-for-29 from the field.

IU returns to action on Sunday against Michigan State at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.