No. 14 Indiana women’s basketball pummels Purdue, sweeps season series

No. 14 Indiana women’s basketball pummels Purdue, sweeps season series

No. 14 Indiana women’s basketball welcomed Purdue into Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Sunday for the second meeting between the in-state rivals this season. The cream and crimson dominated the Boilermakers while history was made by graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes. 

The Hoosiers got out to a quick 4-0 lead with a pair of jumpers in the paint from Holmes and sophomore guard Lexus Bargesser. 

Fifth-year senior guard Sara Scalia led the Hoosiers with 6 points after 10 minutes of play while senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil tacked on 5 alongside Holmes’ 4. 

With the Hoosiers leading by 4 points entering the second quarter, sophomore guard Yarden Garzon hit a jumper in the paint before Moore-McNeil drained a 3-pointer to give Indiana a 9-point lead. 

While the Hoosiers shot 46.7% from the field in the opening quarter, they improved to 52.9% in the second quarter behind a balanced scoring attack. Garzon, Moore-McNeil and Scalia each racked up 5 points in the second quarter while Bargesser scored 6 before Indiana entered the locker room with a 41-30 advantage. 

The Hoosiers dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Boilermakers 31-16 behind 12 points from Moore-McNeil and 8 from Scalia. 

Although it entered the fourth quarter trailing by 26, Purdue heated up in the early stages of the final quarter. The Boilermakers went on a 7-0 run before history was made. 

Holmes, who set the program’s all-time scoring record with 5:15 remaining in the fourth quarter on a layup, finished the contest with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Moore-McNeil set her career-high in points with 22, going 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. 

The Hoosiers outscored the Boilermakers 23-16 in the final quarter, cruising to a 95-62 victory to sweep the season series. 

Indiana (20-3, 11-2 Big Ten) will return to action against Wisconsin at 8 p.m, Wednesday inside the Kohl Center in Madison, WI. The matchup will be streaming live on Peacock. 

Follow reporters Dalton James (@DaltonMJames) and Quinn Richards (@Quinn_richa), columnist Ryan Canfield (@_ryancanfield) and photographer Olivia Bianco (@theoliviabianco) for updates throughout the Indiana women’s basketball season.

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