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Balanced attack too much for PSU

From Mirror, wire reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — Mackenzie Holmes scored 27 points, Ali Patberg added 24, and Grace Berger recorded her second triple-double of the season to help No. 19 Indiana beat Penn State 85-64 on Thursday night.

Indiana had its lead trimmed to 64-58 early in the fourth quarter before going on an 11-0 run — with seven points by Berger — to go ahead by double-figures for good. Penn State went scoreless for four-plus minutes during the run, and made only five field goals in the fourth quarter.

Berger had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to become the first Division I player with multiple triple-doubles this season — moving ahead of five others. She had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the season opener against Eastern Kentucky.

“Three top-25 teams in a row was an excellent opportunity for us to learn, to grow, and to figure out what our weaknesses are,” PSU coach Carolyn Kieger said.

“That’s (Indiana) a very good team right there. I’m proud of our first-half effort, but very displeased with how we gave up there in that fourth quarter. We’ll fix that, no doubt.”

Holmes also had six rebounds and five blocks, Patberg dished out six assists and the duo combined to make 20 of 25 shots.

Indiana (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten), which shot 50.7% from the field and had 24 assists on 35 field goals, has won seven of the last eight meetings in the series dating to the 2014-15 season.

Johnasia Cash had season highs with 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead Penn State (3-5, 0-4). Tova Sabel tied a career high with 15 points, Kelly Jekot had 13 and Makenna Marisa 10.

“We’re not there yet. We’ve got to keep grinding, we’ve got to keep building. We’ve had a tough stretch here that shows us what we need to build upon,” Kieger said. “We’ve got an awesome opportunity going to Minnesota and we have to get that one.”

The Lady Lions play at Minnesota Sunday at 5 p.m.

INDIANA (6-3): Gulbe 4-10 0-0 8, Holmes 10-12 7-8 27, Berger 6-10 3-3 15, Cardano-Hillary 3-12 0-0 7, Patberg 10-13 1-2 24, Patterson 0-1 0-0 0, Waggoner 1-2 0-0 2, Warthen 1-2 0-0 2, Browne 0-3 0-0 0, Moore-McNeil 0-3 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 35-68 11-13 85

PENN STATE (3-5): Camden 2-4 0-0 5, Beverley 0-2 0-0 0, Burke 0-3 0-0 0, Jekot 4-16 4-4 13, Marisa 5-11 0-0 10, Cash 8-16 3-6 19, Hagans 1-2 0-0 2, Sabel 4-5 4-4 15, Thornton 0-2 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 24-61 11-14 64

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Indiana……………………….19 14 27 25 — 85

Penn State………………….16 14 20 14 — 64

3-Point Goals–Indiana 4-18 (Gulbe 0-2, Cardano-Hillary 1-9, Patberg 3-5, Moore-McNeil 0-2), Penn St. 5-19 (Camden 1-2, Beverley 0-1, Burke 0-3, Jekot 1-6, Marisa 0-2, Sabel 3-4, Thornton 0-1). Assists–Indiana 24 (Berger 12), Penn St. 11 (Beverley 3). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Indiana 32 (Holmes 2-6), Penn St. 38 (Cash 5-17). Total Fouls–Indiana 13, Penn St. 13. Technical Fouls–None. A–175.

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