BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 10 Indiana used a strong fourth-quarter to push past Purdue, 74-59, to win its fifth-straight Barn Burner trophy on senior day on Saturday.
After winning the tip, senior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hilary nailed a corner 3-pointer on the Hoosiers’ opening possession but the two foes would exchange buckets for much of the first quarter as it ended in a 17-all tie after one.
Junior forward Aleksa Gulbe added to her six points from the first quarter as she took a transition opportunity to break the tie in the second. It was all part of her 11-straight points for the Hoosiers in the first half. Indiana (18-4, 16-2 B1G) would go up by three on a Patberg pull-up and a last second buzzer beater from Cardaño-Hillary gave Indiana a 34-29 lead.
To start the second half, Indiana used another 6-0 run to push the lead, 40-31. Purdue (7-15, 4-14 B1G) didn’t go away, however, as IU’s lead came within two with 4:58 to play in the third. Berger found Holmes for two of her 11 points in the frame and a triple from senior guard Keyanna Warthen extended the lead back to seven.
A couple of possessions by the Boilermakers would cut the lead to two, forcing an Indiana timeout. The Hoosiers would go into the fourth leading, 53-51.
That’s when Indiana turned on the jets, dominating the fourth quarter, 21-8. A missed possession by Purdue would lead to another 3-point play by sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes to extend the lead, 56-51.
A missed possession by Purdue would lead to another Holmes lay-in to begin a 14-2 run for Indiana. With 4:14 left to play, the Hoosiers would go on another 7-0 run and lead by as many as 17.
Indiana won their 16th Big Ten game to set a program record for most conference victories, besting the 1982-83 team with 15 victories.
The Hoosiers win its fifth-straight Barn Burner trophy game to extend its longest win streak in the series and win its fourth-straight in the series against the Boilermakers, including eight of the last nine.
IU extends its season win streak to nine games, the longest of the season.
The Hoosiers had four players score in double figures for the game bind Holmes’ 26 points, nine rebounds, career-high four assists, three blocks and two steals. It is her 11th career game scoring 20 or more points and ninth of the season. She has scored 20 or more in back-to-back games. Holmes scored 22 of her 26 points in the second half.
The Hoosiers used an 10-0 run to go up 66-53 at the 4:58 mark of the fourth quarter.
Indiana outscored Purdue 21-8 in the fourth quarter.
The Hoosiers tallied 21 assists on 30 made field goals.
Indiana scored 44 of their 74 points in the paint.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“Well, I thought it was an interesting game. I am happy that we are on the winning side especially for those two young ladies, Ali Patberg and Keyanna Warthen, being that it is senior day. I thought Purdue came in here, after a week to prepare, with an interesting game plan at least what it looked like. I am not in their team or staff meetings, but it seemed to me that they came into Bloomington to try and slow the ball game down today. They were different in the sense as they were not as set oriented as we have seen them be in the past, and what we have prepped for. Again, they kind of went to a high flat ball screen or a wing ball screen. They ran a little isolation for (Fatou) Diagne a couple of times. Other than that, I think their game plan was to come in and try and slow the game down as much as they could. So, it was one of those games where we did some things particularly in the first half and some in the second half. We took some probably alibi shots and got the ball too deep into the low block area. Either they blocked it, or we didn’t get anything good. I thought we had an opportunity to get a lot of short jumpers in the sweet spot of the zone, but for whatever reason we didn’t take advantage of that today. On a day that seemed like our offense wasn’t humming along the way we have seen it, we still had 21 assists on 30 made. We stayed under our less than 12 turnovers. We didn’t shoot it very well from the free-throw line so that was frustrating, but almost shot it 60 percent. It seemed like offensively this was not our finest 40 minutes. But none the less, that fourth quarter in particular, we had figured some things out that in order to win the game, we were going to have to do it with our defense. We got a couple of runouts and built the lead there. I am happy for our team. I’m happy for Key and Ali that we can have and celebrate senior night, and that they can always look back on this and know that they won this game. It was a grind it out sort of day for us but give Purdue credit for coming in and changing the way that they play to see if something would stick against us. I thought it did stifle us, but I still thought that we responded when we had to.”
Indiana will travel to Indianapolis for the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament starting on Thursday. An official bracket will be set following the conclusion of tonight’s games at approximately 10 p.m. ET.