IOWA CITY, Iowa – Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes and senior guard Ali Patberg combined for 48 points as No. 17 Indiana defeated Iowa, 85-72, on Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Berger scored first for the Hoosiers (11-4, 9-2 B1G) but the Hawkeyes (10-6, 6-6 B1G) responded on their own 6-0 run and led by as many as five in the early going.
A drive by Patberg and a counter 3-point bucket from senior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary kept the Hoosiers within three with just shy of five minutes left in the frame. Berger and Cardaño-Hillary combined with back-to-back buckets to pull IU ahead. A timely 3-pointer from senior guard Keyanna Warthen kept the lead with Indiana, 18-17. Holmes made the difference in the first on a baseline penetration to give IU a two-point lead.
Iowa started off the second quarter hot, going on an 8-0 run just three minutes in. Indiana, however, would go on to match the run and take a 36-33 lead at halftime.
In the third, the Hoosiers pushed the lead to 10 behind 10 points from junior guard Grace Berger in the quarter. Their 57-47 advantage with just under three minutes to play slowly dwindled down the stretch as Iowa came within two, 58-56, on a 9-2 run to go to the fourth quarter.
That’s when IU arguably had its strongest 10 minutes of basketball in the game, outscoring the Hawkeyes, 27-16, and shooting a combined 61.5 percent. The Hoosiers worked early in the fourth quarter, going on an 8-0 run with 7:28 left in the game. They would hold off Iowa down the stretch, letting it get no closer than eight points as bonus shots down the stretched help IU seal the win.
The Hoosiers defeat Iowa on the road for the first time since Feb. 20, 1994 when it won 63-59 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Indiana shot 51.3 percent on the afternoon, its sixth game scoring 50 percent or higher as a team this season.
Holmes scored in double figures for the 11th-consecutive game with a team-high 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting. She also notched her fifth double-double of the season with a team-high 13 rebounds and added four blocks to her 44 total blocks this season.
Holmes led the Hoosiers in scoring in her eighth game this season.
Patberg added 23 points and a team-high seven assists.
Berger added 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Cardaño-Hillary made her fifth start of her IU career, adding a new season-high 17 points and hit three 3-pointers.
IU scored 50 of its 85 points in the paint and won on the glass, 42-35.
The Hoosier return home to face Penn State on Thursday. The game will air live on Big Ten Network at 4 p.m. ET.