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BLOOMINGTON, IN ─ Indiana moved to 3-0 with a victory over North Florida, 75-52. Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg recorded her first career double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jaelynn Penn added the 19th double-figure scoring game in her career, while Bendue Yeaney, also a sophomore guard, reached her 18th.
Ali Patberg (#14) led all scorers with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Jaelynn Penn (#13) made the only 3-point shots on Sunday for Indiana.
Bendue Yeaney (#1) shot a floater from the freethrow line.
Positively, the players were able to reach individual records and personal accomplishments. But for the team, there are at least three issues that head coach Teri Moren and her Lady Hoosiers will need to work on prior to Indiana’s next game this Wednesday.
Compared with previous games, Indiana spent more time getting used to the pace in the first quarter—until Yeaney shot a FG at 07:37, IU finally broke the seal and bought a bucket. The Lady Hoosiers were sluggish offensively to start the game.
Indiana should learn experience from competing with opponents like the North Florida Ospreys, who are able to draw fouls with frequent body contact. Yeaney, Patberg, and sophomore center Linsey Marchese all got into foul trouble on Sunday, and Indiana reached a total of 17 personal fouls across the team, which marks the highest for this season.
In addition, Indiana needs to develop a strategy to decrease their number of turnovers and to protect the ball. When facing the Ospreys on Sunday, IU had two early turnovers from bad passes within the first 1.5 mins in the first quarter. In the win over Oakland on November 11th, the Laddy Hoosiers had a total of 26 turnovers.
An incident which happened during Sunday’s game was that Jaelynn got a technical foul due to hitting the ball vigorously on the court. Although head coach Teri Moren said she was disappointed, she can also understand Penn’s feeling of frustration, and believes she will be better next time.
The Hoosiers will host Florida on Wednesday afternoon. Tipoff in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is set for 2 p.m. ET.