It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Indiana women’s basketball in action. The Hoosiers last played ten days ago, picking up their first Big Ten win of the season at Rutgers on December 9th before taking the week for exams.
They’ll jump back into conference play New Year’s Eve versus Illinois but have to get through noncon tilts with Evansville and Bowling Green before completely shifting focus to the B1G. The Purple Aces are up first.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game:
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Monday, December 18th, 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
Radio: WHCC 105.1 / WIUX 99.1
#15 Indiana (8-1, 1-0 Big Ten) picked up its first Big Ten win last time out. The knowns were the knowns in that one as Mackenzie Holmes dropped a season-high 25 points and Sydney Parrish posted an eleven point, ten rebound double-double. Starting guards Yarden Garzon and Chloe Moore-McNeil also scored in double figures.
As expected, Indiana head coach Teri Moren tightened up her rotation against the Scarlet Knights. Lexus Bargesser and Lenée Beaumont combined for 16 backcourt minutes while Lilly Meister spelled Holmes for just nine down low. The Hoosiers finished the game with zero bench points.
Evansville (2-7, 0-0 MVC) picked up its second win of the year Saturday versus Lindenwood, 70-68. The victory came courtesy of a 12-2 run down the stretch sparked by freshman post Maggie Hartwig, who finished the game with 16 points and twelve rebounds.
Sophomore guard Kynidi Mason Striverson leads an Evansville offense that’s scored 70+ in all but two games this year with 16.9 points per contest.
The Purple Aces lost 105-49 at Michigan State in their only other game against a Big Ten opponent this season.
This game should get out of hand early. That’d normally make it a great opportunity to empty the bench but given how long Indiana’s going between conference games (22 days), keeping the rotation in at-length and continuing to learn who gels with who is probably more important.
Coming out flat against Illinois will be a death sentence. Prevent the rust and leave ‘em in.