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Class of '66 Old Fart

IUWBB @ Rutgers - 12/31/19 @ 3:00 on BTN

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Hopefully the women will erase the bad taste in our mouth left over from Sunday's men's game.

The final game of the 2019 calendar year will tip off on New Year's Eve as No. 14 Indiana travels to Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.
NO. 14/15 INDIANA (11-2, 1-0 B1G) AT RV/RV RUTGERS (11-1, 1-0 B1G)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 • 3 p.m. ET
The RAC • Piscataway, N.J.  
Broadcast: BTN (Jason Horowitz, Julianne Viani)
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Greg Murray)
Live Stats: Sidearm
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Indiana Rutgers
Teri Moren C. Vivian Stringer
Career Record: 313-198 (16th Season) Career Record: 1,030-413 (49th Season)
Indiana Record: 114-68 (5th Season) Rutgers Record: 509-278 (25th Season)

Rutgers returns home after surviving a thriller at Wisconsin, 64-61, to open Big Ten play on Saturday, They are led by the league's leading scorer in redshirt junior Arella Guirantes who averages 19.4 points per game and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game.  Junior guard/forward Tekia Mack (14.9 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) also averages double figures. The Scarlet Knights are averaging 71.6 points per game and shooting 42.5 percent from the floor.
Rutgers leads 6-3
2/18/19 – L, 61-69 (Bloomington, Ind.).

  • Indiana is coming off a win over Michigan State, 79-67, on Saturday night to open Big Ten play. Four players highlighted the win by scoring in double figures behind 23 points from redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg and 18 points from freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes. It marks the first time since 2007 and 2008 that the Hoosiers have won league openers in back-to-back years.
  • The Hoosiers shot a combined 61.7 percent in the win over the Spartans, the fifth-best single game field goal percentage in school history.  
  • For her performance, Holmes was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. The Gorham, Maine native had 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting and added six rebounds in her conference debut. Patberg was also honored on the Player of the Week honor roll of her performance as well.
  • Junior guard Jaelynn Penn looks to be the 27th member of the Indiana Women's Basketball 1,000-point club on Tuesday afternoon. Penn sits with 999 career points through 84 games played in her two and a half seasons with the Hoosiers.
  • Sophomore guard Grace Berger also returned to double digits in the win over the Spartans, adding 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting. It was the eighth game in double figures for the team's leading scorer, who's averaging 13.2 points per game.
  • Indiana is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for the eighth-straight week staying put at No. 14 in the media poll.

Indiana returns home to face Illinois on Monday, January 6. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

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Halftime and we have a 25-23 lead.  Good thing Rutgers isn't shooting any better because they're absolutely killing us on the boards 24-13 and 10 of theirs are off their own basket.   Wise and Berger 6 pts each; Patberg 5.  4 Hoosiers with 3 rebounds apiece.  Only shot 37.5% but Rutgers only 32%.   Sloppy play from both teams as Rutgers with 12 TOs and we have 9.  Need to play a much stronger second half.

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Just now, JSHoosier said:

Wise held firm on defense there.

Even though the Rutgers player just fell on her own, I'm sorta surprised there was not a foul called. That's a play where officials usually just anticipate contact and even though there is none, will call a foul ... They did a good job there, too. 

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Hoosiers hang on for a 66-56 win.   Huge block by Berger with 35 sec. left then 2 huge FTs by Gulbe with 31 sec. left followed by a Berger steal which sealed the victory.

B1G road wins are so important and to give Rutgers just their second loss of the season and in their gym is really important.

Penn 14 pts; Berger 13; Holmes, Gulbe & Patberg 10.  Penn & Berger 7 reb each.  Patberg 4 assists; Penn and Berger 3 each.  

I couldn't watch the entire game so I don't know if Rutgers just had an off night shooting or it was our defensive pressure but Rutgers only 34% FG and 1-14 on 3s.  Their leading scorer bettered her average but we shut everyone else down.

What a way to end 2019.


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Really nice road win against a probable tourney team on road that shows this team is a legitimate Big Ten title contender.

We blew this game last year but closed it out this year really well which shows where we are at. Instead of fighting to get in tourney which is a lock we are fighting to host games as a top 4 seeds. 

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