On Saturday, the No. 7 ranked women Hoosiers faced the Michigan State Spartans in a rescheduled matchup that was postponed due to COVID-19 protocol within Indiana’s program back on January 19th. Michigan State was coming off a 63-57 victory over No. 4 Michigan and having won four of its last six games. The Spartans started the game rolling holding a 10-4 lead halfway through the first quarter. Indiana was off to a poor shooting start but used their defense to keep the game close until they got rolling. Indiana’s defense and some early foul trouble held Michigan State senior guard Nia Clouden to 10 points. At the half, Indiana had a five-point lead, 32 -27.
Senior guard Grace Berger was cooking, scoring 17 points in the third quarter, and outscored the entire Michigan State team in the second half. Indiana ended the game with five players in double digits, Chole Moore-McNeil 10 points, Ali Patberg 12, Nicole Cardaño-Hillary 12, Aleksa Gulbe 13, and Grace Berger with a career-high 29 points. In the second half, the balanced attack was too much for the Spartans losing 76 -58. Up next for the Hoosiers is a road game in Nebraska on Monday at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
Photo gallery: Indiana vs. Michigan State