BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney posted her first double-double of the season and five Hoosiers scored in double figures as they used a strong second half to defeat Northern Illinois, 91-73, on Sunday afternoon in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
- Indiana (5-0) came out and took a 9-0 lead thanks to five of Yeaney’s 15 first-half points. The Huskies would be held off the board until 5:45 left in the quarter, but closed the gap late in the frame on an 8-0 run to make it a one-point (18-17) lead for the Hoosiers after the first quarter.
- The Huskies (2-2) would tie the game up at 28-all with 6:06 remaining in the half as it sparked five points from Patberg and Indiana to regain the 35-28 lead. But NIU would close out the half on a 9-0 run and take a 42-41 lead as the two teams went into the locker room.
- In the third, Gulbe would regain the lead for Indiana on a 3-point play with 6:53 to play. Wise followed up with a pair of her own at the line as she also helped extend the lead to five on a dish from Patberg with just over five minutes left.
- The Hoosiers used a surge in the second half of the third quarter, going on a 12-2 run while shooting 45 percent overall in the frame and take a 70-56 lead.
- IU would combine for 53 second-half points and outscore the Huskies, 21-17, in the fourth quarter to win its fifth-straight to open up the season.
- With the win over Northern Illinois, Indiana improves to 5-0 on the season. That start continues to be the best mark since the program started 5-0 in 2014-15.
- The Hoosiers had four players score in double-figures, led by redshirt junior Ali Patberg with 19 points. Patberg added five assists and scored her fourth game in double figures this season.
- Sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and notched her first double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. It marked the third double-double of her career.
- Redshirt junior forward Brenna Wise scored 18 points, including shooting 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.
- Sophomore guard Jaelynn Penn added 10 points for the Hoosiers.
- Indiana scored the first nine points of the game and held Northern Illinois without a point until the 5:48 mark of the first quarter.
- The Hoosiers closed the third quarter with a 15-3 run to lead 70-56 going into the fourth quarter. Indiana held NIU to one field goal for the final 5:18 of the third quarter.
- Indiana outscored NIU 29-14 in the third quarter.
- Indiana scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to extend the run to 21-3 (from leading 55-53 in the third quarter, to leading 76-56 in the fourth quarter).
- Indiana shot 20-of-25 from the free-throw line and held a +7 advantage at the free-throw line for the game.
- Northern Illinois came into the game holding opponents to 69.7 points per game and the Hoosiers scored 91 points.
- Indiana outscored NIU 50-31 in the second half.
- The Hoosiers shot 33-of-66 from the field for their second straight game shooting at least 50 percent.
- Indiana ties the series at 2-2 with the Huskies.
Head coach Teri Moren
“That was a good second half. We started slow. Let me rephrase that. I would take 41 points in a half any day. We were disappointed because we also gave up 40. I don’t know if we got off to a slow start offensively, but we were pretty good offensively other than the 10 turnovers we had. That’s a good basketball team. Hats off to Northern Illinois. We knew that they were going to present some problems for us in just guarding one-on-one. Their open motion and ability to knock down open shots was going to test us. I don’t think we really figured it out until the third quarter which was a little frustrating. We worked on it for the past few days. We talked about just how important elevating our gaps were going to be and how high we needed to be. I think it took us too long to figure it out. If we weren’t scoring it probably would have gone into half time with a different deficit, in my opinion. Give our kids credit for their second half performance. I thought the third quarter, for us offensively, was really good. Again, I thought Ali Patberg and Bendu (Yeaney) were great, Bendu defensively and I thought Ali ran the team exceptionally well. We rendered the 15 turnover mark which makes me happy, but still too many. It was a good afternoon and a great second half for us. I’m proud of the kids.”
IU begins a two-game coast-to-coast road swing beginning at Wake Forest on Wednesday for the ACC/B1G Challenge. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.