Indiana played an... interesting game against Stetson on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
Bluntly, Stetson is the worst team on Indiana’s schedule. Bar none. Just not a very good basketball team by any measure. It may as well have been an exhibition, Indiana was trying out some lineups and getting minutes to anyone it could.
They weren’t trying to blast a bad team by a million points but probably could’ve won by more if not for an uncharacteristic 5-22 clip from deep or some issues on the glass. Didn’t matter today, but you’re probably glad to learn a few flaws and go cold when it matters least.
Here’s three things.
Mentioned this earlier but Indiana just went cold from the arc. It was a team-wide issue too, no one Hoosier took more than six attempts from deep. It was not by any means a result of the defense either. Open shots were just clanking off the rim.
Indiana’s first option from the perimeter, Sara Scalia, made two of her four attempts while Sydney Parrish went 0-4. The two freshmen, Jules LaMendola and Lenee Beaumont, took two each and made none.
Not really something to worry about too much but Indiana can go cold. If it happens they can probably find that somewhere else (Scalia) but still a stat worth noting because they could’ve scored more than 72 without necessarily trying.
Scoring in transition
In her postgame press conference, Teri Moren said she challenged the team before the game to score more in transition with a specific goal: between 10-12 points. Indiana finished the game with 26 off the fast break. Stetson didn’t register a single point in transition.
“We need to manufacture points in the open floor by playing fast,” Moren said.
Indiana has the personnel to score in transition with Lexus Bargesser’s speed and Scalia’s progression from last year. Bargesser can attack the rim herself or dish it off the drive. Scalia has been a needed revelation is transition so far this season.
More than a few players have enough trust from the staff to push the ball down the court including those mentioned above, Chloe Moore-McNeil, Sydney Parrish and Yarden Garzon. The Hoosiers thrive off of that versatility.
Rebounding was a bit of a surprising issue. Stetson is a significantly smaller team than Indiana but shot enough from range to create some long rebounds. The opening few minutes of the first quarter were especially troublesome with an irritated Moren walking onto the court to emphasize the glass.
“There were possessions, especially in the first half right in front of our bench, we had inside position and then we just didn’t go get it,” Moren said. “We didn’t pursue it. Like we were waiting around for somebody else to go get it.”
Moren went on to say that Stetson’s 11 offensive boards in the first half were far too many given Indiana’s significant height advantage. The Hatters managed just four in the second half.
Lilly Meister in particular was effective on the glass off the bench, hauling in 7 rebounds in 20 minutes, good for second on the team behind Parrish’s 10. Indiana’s going to need performances like that from up and down the roster, they know they’re gonna get boards from Parrish.