KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Indiana girls’s basketball may have its first actual Test of the season Monday evening when the Hoosiers tackle Fifth-ranked Knoxville Tennessee.
“Some people picked them to be a Final Four team, so it’s a big challenge for us,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren mentioned.
Although the Volunteers attracted early nationwide consideration, they already misplaced a recreation to Ohio State 87-75 on Tuesday after a complete of 29 turnovers and 9 missed free throws.
“There will be an added incentive because a Big Ten team has already beaten them,” Moren mentioned.
In two video games, Tennessee is led by senior ahead Rickea Jackson, who’s averaging 16.5 factors per recreation. Three different volunteers, Jordan Horston, Jasmine Powell and Tamari Key, additionally common double scores.
Tennessee has a large group with Key on the high of the listing at 6-foot-6. Moren mentioned it’ll take some coronary heart and dedication to cease her.
“We have to get inside her and track her back and root and track the rebound,” Moren mentioned. “It’s long enough to go right down your back, even if you feel like you’re in an inside position. That won’t be good enough. You have to literally move them backwards.”
As if the stakes weren’t high enough, you can add some emotion to the game when Indiana’s warden Chloe Moore-McNeil reunites with Tess and Edie Darby, two of her former Greenfield High School teammates.
This marks the first time Moore-McNeil has played college basketball in her home state, five hours from where she was born in Sharon, Tenn.
She’s averaged 11.5 points per game plus 2.5 rebounds this season. Moren said luckily Scalia isn’t showing too much emotion and most likely won’t upset her to see a former teammate.
“There’s not a lot of tender emotions when it comes to stepping between these traces and competing,” Moren said.
Moren said that part of Tennessee’s ammunition is that they want to pass people, so the Hoosiers’ number one key to the game is keeping them off the boards and not allowing them to get setbacks and/or runouts. Tennessee is averaging 42.5 rebounds per game compared to their opponents’ 39.5.
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This will be Moren’s first time playing in Knoxville. The last time the Hoosiers met the Volunteers was in 2020 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall where Indiana lost 66-58.
“It was a horrible, horrible recreation for each groups,” Moren said. “None of us shot very nicely.”
While it’s nice that some Hoosiers have experience compared to the Volunteers, it doesn’t carry much weight as comparing this new team to previous teams is like comparing apples and oranges.
It’s not a veteran cream and crimson team like it was last season or years ago.
“We had all these vets, and once I name them vets, that is as a result of they performed collectively. They know there’s a lot of synergy on this group,” Moren said. “We’re nonetheless making an attempt to construct that up.”
So far, the Hoosiers have built their chemistry well with two non-conference wins on their resume. Senior forward Mackenzie Holmes leads by averaging 16.5 points in two games with Scalia right behind her by 13 points.
With big leads in the last two games, Moren was able to test a few different rotations and use all of her bench players, who particularly gained valuable minutes in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against UMass Lowell.
Moren said she will keep her starting line-up of Holmes, Grace Berger, Scalia, Moore-McNeil and Yarden Garzon because if it ain’t broke, why would she fix it?
This will be Garzon’s first big start in a game like this, and Moren is excited for the lessons she learns from the challenge.
“We know the group might be orange, white and loud,” Moren said.
However, the Hoosiers have been tested with great teams over the past few seasons and never shy away from a tough matchup. In fact, they welcome it and said it’s a great thing to have a competitive game so early.
“It’s a nice barometer to see the place we’re,” Moren mentioned.
Indiana Women’s Basketball Stories:
- INDIANA HANDS HUGE LOSS TO UMASS LOWELL On Friday evening, the Hoosiers defeated UMass Lowell 93-37 indoors to earn their fourth-largest successful margin by 56 factors. Forward Mackenzie Holmes and guard Sara Scalia led with 17 and 15 factors, respectively. CLICK HERE
- HOOSIERS WELCOME TWO SIGNERS Indiana Women’s Basketball declares the signings of guards Lenee Beaumont and Jules LaMendola for the 2023-24 season. Both gamers are within the ESPN Top 100 and, as a class pair, rank twentieth total on ESPN. CLICK HERE
- SYDNEY PARRISH IS A BALLER Indiana keeper Sydney Parrish made her presence recognized in her first recreation in Cream and Crimson, which led the crew with 4 steals. Head coach Teri Moren mentioned Parrish is scrappy, a vocal chief and a nice possibility for the Hoosiers, one thing the crew did not have a season or two in the past. CLICK HERE