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Indiana 66, Rutgers 56

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Jaelynn Penn scored 14 points to help No. 14 Indiana beat Rutgers 66-56.

Grace Berger added 13 for the Hoosiers (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten), who continued to play stingy defense. Indiana has allowed only one team to score over 70 points this season and that was then-No. 2 Baylor.

Both teams struggled to score in the first half as Indiana held a two-point lead at the break. The Hoosiers got going in the third quarter with a 21-point effort to take a 46-36 lead. Indiana scored 16 of the final 24 points in the period to build its first double-digit lead of the game.

The lead ballooned to 13 points in the final quarter and Rutgers made a furious rally to get within 59-54 in the final minute, holding the Hoosiers without a point for 4:16. Aleksa Gulbe hit two free throws with 31.1 seconds remaining to end that drought and seal the win.

Arella Guirantes scored 23 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (11-2, 1-1), who were off to their best start in 29 years.

The game got off to a rugged start with Indiana holding a 9-8 advantage after the first quarter. The two squads combined to shoot just 7-for-29 from the field in the opening 10 minutes. They also had 11 turnovers.

The Hoosiers held a 25-23 lead at the half as Rutgers missed six of its final seven shots before the break.

ENTERTAINING HALFTIME: While the crowd didn't have much to get excited about in the first half, they definitely were on their feet cheering on a group of frisbee dogs - Mutts Gone Nuts - that performed at half. The dogs not only caught frisbees, but also jumped rope.

BOOST OFF THE BENCH: Baylor transfer Alexis Morris played in her second game for the Scarlet Knights. The redshirt sophomore became eligible to play in Rutgers' last game against Wisconsin after sitting out a year because of transfer rules. She was dismissed by Baylor in 2018 for a violation of team rules. The Big 12 All-Freshman had two assists in 11 minutes against Indiana.

Associated Press

December 31, 2019

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