HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Indiana struggled offensively on Thursday afternoon at the Big Ten Tournament as the Hoosiers fell to No. 23/22 Rutgers, 63-52. Tyra Buss led IU with 19 points as she nailed 11-of-12 free throws in the game.
The Hoosiers could not find any rhythm all afternoon on the offensive end shooting under 30 percent for the game. Rutgers shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half and 44.4 percent for the game while assisting on 21 of its 28 made field goals.
Back-to-back buckets from Buss and Amanda Cahill gave Indiana (15-16) an early 4-2 advantage. Rutgers (22-8) then scored 10-straight points to lead 12-4 with 14:16 on the clock.
The Hoosier later had a field goal drought of over six minutes before Larryn Brooks ended it with a jumper at the 12:14 mark as Indiana trailed, 16-8.
Late in the half Karlee McBride gave the IU offense some life nailing back-to-back treys to cut the Scarlet Knight lead to four, 30-26, with 1:29 remaining in the half. But Rutgers would take momentum into the locker room as Cynthia Herandez connected from beyond the arc as the horn sounded to give RU a 37-28 lead at the half.
The Scarlet Knights kept their momentum coming out of the break outscoring Indiana 12-4 in the first 5:53 to build a 17-point advantage, 49-32.
Indiana continued to fight down the stretch as Buss kept being the aggressor to cut the Rutgers lead to single digits with just under a minute to play. By that point, the Hoosiers ran out of time to mount a comeback.
McBride also scored in double figures for the Hoosiers as she finished with 10 points.
Buss added four steals on the defensive end and grabbed five rebounds in the game. IU’s Cahill had eight points on the afternoon with six boards.