BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)Mackenzie Holmes got her second double-double of the season, Grace Berger scored 16 points and No. 10 Indiana beat Western Michigan 67-57 on Sunday.
Holmes grabbed her 10th rebound just under two minutes into the second half and finished the game with 17 points and 19 rebounds for the Hoosiers (9-2). She set a career high in rebounds one game after scoring a career-best 30 points against Ohio State.
”As coach (Terin) Moren says, do the work,” Holmes said. ”I’m doing it every day, I’m not really changing who I am and what I’m doing. Just staying the course.”
Reilly Jacobson led Western Michigan (6-3) with 16 points. Taylor Williams had a double-double of her own for the Broncos, finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Indiana shot only 2 for 16 (12.5%) from 3-point range but attacked the basket down low and scored 38 points inside. Indiana also outrebounded Western Michigan 47-29 and turned 18 offensive rebounds into 11 second-chance points.
”We really want to focus on getting paint touches,” Berger said. ”If we get a kick out 3 and it’s a good shot we’re always going to take it, but we know what our strengths are.”
The Broncos relied on 3-point shooting, taking 25 of their 58 shots from beyond the arc, but only shot 8-25 from 3-point range, allowing Indiana to pull away.
Kiandra Brown scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers, falling just short of her second career double-double. Brown, who had only taken seven free throws all season headed into Sunday, scored 7 of her points at the line.
”I can’t wait to get in the locker room and tell her, tell our team just how well I thought she played today,” Moren said. ”As disappointed as I am in us defensively, I’m as excited for her because she had a great day.”
Western Michigan: The Broncos’ leading scorer, guard Lauren Ross, was not available Sunday. Ross is averaging 20.8 points per game.
Indiana: The Hoosiers, who entered the game shooting 48% from the field, struggled to make shots and ended the game shooting 39% (23 of 59).
Indiana went on a 14-0 run directly out of the halftime break, extending its lead to a game-high 20 points. Moren said her team got a jump-start over the break with a ”spirited halftime talk.”
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Indiana turned the ball over 11 times, its lowest total since its loss against Stanford on Nov. 25. Moren said she wants her team to stay below 11 turnovers, a mark Indiana has hit only twice this season.
Western Michigan: Stays in Indiana to play Ball State in Muncie in the MAC opener.
Indiana: Continues a three-game nonconference homestand against Wright State on Tuesday.
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