No. 16/15 Indiana Rolls Past EKU In Season Opener
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior guard Grace Berger recorded the program’s first triple double and sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes went a new school record 13-for-13 from the field as the No. 16/15 Hoosiers toppled Eastern Kentucky, 100-51.
- Berger and Holmes highlighted spectacular performances by four total players who scored in double figures including senior guard Ali Patberg, who dropped 18 points, and 14 points from redshirt junior guard Danielle Patterson in her IU debut.
- Indiana would go on to shoot 54.7 percent in their 2020-21 opener and hit 9 3-pointers en route to the victory.
- The Hoosiers (1-0) cruised from the opening possession, racking up an 8-0 lead just two minutes in to the contest. It was part of a 34-8 first quarter where IU shot 65 percent from the field including a 57.1 percent clip from 3-point range.
- In the second quarter, Patberg eclipsed her 1,000th career point at Indiana as she dropped eight points alone in the quarter and led IU to a 53-22 halftime margin.
- Indiana outscored the Colonels (0-1) 32-12 in the third quarter behind Holmes going 5-for-5 from the floor in the frame.
- Holmes would end the day with a school single game record 13-for-13 from the floor to go along with eight rebounds and tie a career-high seven blocks.
- Berger would also make her historic triple-double in the third quarter as she would exit the game with 25 minutes played and 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
- Patterson would help put the exclamation point on the season opener with eight points in the fourth quarter as IU won its eighth-straight season opener.
- The Hoosiers win their eighth straight home opener and have won all home openers under head coach Teri Moren.
- Grace Berger recorded the first triple-double in program history with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Combined men’s and women’s basketball it’s the first triple-double since Juwan Morgan in 2018. It is the third in men’s/women’s basketball history along with Steve Downing in 1970. All three happened in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Berger’s triple-double is the first for a Big Ten women’s basketball player since 1/23/18 by Alex Wittinger of Illinois.
- Mackenzie Holmes scored 26 points on 13-of-13 from the field. Her perfect shooting sets an Indiana program record for field goal percentage (minimum 10 attempts). The previous record was shared by Sue Hodges (12-13 in 1981) and Quacy Barnes (12-13 in 1998). Holmes added eight rebounds and seven blocks. Holmes 13-13 tie the Big Ten record, shared with Iowa’s Megan Gustafson at Western Kentucky on 11/13/18.
- Ali Patberg scored 18 points on 7-of-11 from the field for her 16th straight game scoring in double figures. Patberg became the 28th Hoosier to join the 1,000-point club and now has 1,007 for her career.
- Patberg, Holmes and Berger combined for 61 points and combined to shoot 26-of-34 from the field.
- The seven blocks from Holmes are tied for second for a single game in program history. Her 13 field goals are tied for fourth most for a single game in program history. IU’s 11 total blocks also ties for second-most in a single game.
- The Hoosiers started the game on an 8-0 scoring run and added a 14-0 run later in the first quarter to jump out to a 24-5 lead. Holmes scored 10 of the Hoosiers 14 points in the scoring run.
- Indiana made 13 of its first 20 shots and led 34-8 at the end of the first quarter. For the game the Hoosiers shot 41-of-75 (54.7 percent) and held EKU to 20-of-80 (25 percent).
- Indiana outscored Eastern Kentucky 60-12 in points in the paint.
- The Hoosiers reached the century mark in the 100-51 victory. The last time IU scored 100 was the second game of the 2019-20 season, a 111-47 win over Nicholls St.
- Indiana tallied 28 assists for the game.
- Freshman Chloe Moore-McNeil and redshirt freshman Arielle Wisne scored their first career points in the game.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“It was a good opening day for us. We miss our crowd and our fans. We miss the energy that they provide, but none the less I thought our energy on the sideline was terrific as it has been. That says a lot about this basketball team and who they are as people and as a team. There were some obvious bright spots today. Anytime you can play everybody, the entire roster, that is always a good day. Grace Berger was terrific with her triple double and Mack (Holmes) being perfect from the field. I didn’t realize that it was a school record and she made history. It is really cool for Mack. It is so well deserved. The way she has gotten her body right as a sophomore, and the fact that I overheard her talking about her conditioning and how important it was for her to stay out on the floor longer. I thought Ali Patberg was solid. Those starters have played a lot of minutes. I thought there were some good things. It was great to see Jaelynn Penn out there. We didn’t know if we would be to this point where we would see her so early. There are a lot of good things ahead for her. I thought Dani (Patterson) came in and provided some really good minutes for us. Overall, we were trying to get some of those young kids and some of the people who come off the bench feet wet in the fourth quarter. Only eight turnovers today and 28 assists. I thought those were two things, statistically speaking, that stood out to me. We have to do a much better job. We gave up 17 offensive rebounds, and we have a lot of work still to do in that area.”
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Thursday, December 3 when it hosts Samford.