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Hoosiers crush Lady Lions

The Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Nicole Cardano-Hillary’s 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals led No. 10 Indiana to a 70-40 victory over Penn State in its opening Big Ten game on Monday night.

It was the fewest points Indiana has given up in a Big Ten game since allowing 39 to Wisconsin on March 4, 2004.

Mackenzie Holmes scored 16 points and Ali Patberg added 15 for the Hoosiers (6-2), who shot over 50% from the field and were 6 for 14 from 3-point range, while the Lady Lions shot 33.9% from the field and made just two of 16 3-point attempts.

Cardano-Hillary, who missed all 10 of her shots against No. 2 N.C. State on Dec. 2, made three 3s on Monday.

Makenna Marisa led Penn State (4-5) with 21 points.

Indiana outscored Penn State 23-9 in the third quarter, including a 21-0 run lasting 7:40, to put the game out of reach.

After a slow first quarter that saw Indiana turn the ball over seven times, the Hoosiers settled in for the remainder of the game and finished with 16 turnovers. Penn State had 22 turnovers, including nine forced on steals by Indiana. Three came from Cardano-Hillary in the first half.

The big picture

The Lady Lions struggled on the glass and were outrebounded by Indiana 37-24. Only five of their boards were on the offensive side.

Stat of the night

Penn State didn’t shoot a free throw Monday. Patberg was the only starter with more than one foul and Indiana had nine total. Indiana shot 75% from the line, making 12 of 16 attempts.

Up next

Penn State continues Big Ten play against Rutgers at home Thursday before hosting Youngstown State on Sunday.

PENN STATE (4-5): Camden 1-3 0-0 3, Brigham 4-10 0-0 8, Beverley 0-3 0-0 0, Kapinus 2-8 0-0 4, Marisa 10-22 0-0 21, Burke 1-5 0-0 2, Hagans 0-2 0-0 0, Jekot 0-0 0-0 0, Sabel 0-1 0-0 0, Thornton 1-2 0-0 2, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 19-56 0-0 40

INDIANA (6-2): Gulbe 3-6 4-4 11, Holmes 7-10 2-2 16, Berger 3-8 4-4 10, Cardano-Hillary 5-12 1-2 14, Patberg 6-9 1-2 15, Wisne 0-0 0-0 0, Waggoner 0-0 0-0 0, Berry 0-0 0-0 0, Browne 1-1 0-0 2, Moore-McNeil 1-1 0-0 2, Peterson 0-4 0-2 0, Zaric 0-0 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 26-51 12-16 70

Penn State……………. 13 8 9 10 — 40 Indiana…………………. 18 19 23 10 — 70

3-Point Goals–Penn St. 2-16 (Camden 1-3, Beverley 0-2, Marisa 1-7, Burke 0-3, Hagans 0-1), Indiana 6-14 (Gulbe 1-2, Cardano-Hillary 3-6, Patberg 2-3, Peterson 0-3). Assists–Penn St. 10 (Kapinus 3), Indiana 13 (Cardano-Hillary 5). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Penn St. 24 (Marisa 2-5), Indiana 37 (Holmes 3-6). Total Fouls–Penn St. 17, Indiana 9. Technical Fouls–None. A–3,224.

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