Indiana University Women’s Basketball Beats Illinois 77-71

Staff report

Bloomington, IN – December 31, 2023

In a high-intensity showdown, the Indiana University Women’s Basketball team secured a hard-fought win against Illinois with a final score of 77-71 in their recent faceoff at the home court.

The game was a rollercoaster of momentum swings, showcasing competitive plays and a close battle throughout all four quarters. Indiana managed to secure a lead and maintain composure despite Illinois persistently challenging their dominance.

The star of the night for Indiana was Mackenzie Holmes, who delivered 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Holmes’s presence in the paint and accuracy from the free-throw line contributed to Indiana’s triumph.

Both teams demonstrated formidable defense, making it a challenging contest to secure baskets. However, Indiana’s efficient shooting, registering 52% from the field compared to Illinois’ 43%, ultimately made the decisive difference.

Illinois put up a fight, with Makira Cook leading the team’s scoring with 24 points. However, Indiana’s collective effort and strategic plays down the stretch secured the crucial win for the home team.

Key moments in the game included a late three-pointer by Indiana’s Yardén Garzon at 41 seconds remaining in the final quarter, extending their lead to 77-71, which proved to be the pivotal play sealing their victory.

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Yarden Garzon (12) takes a shot against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Adalia McKenzie (24) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Sydney Parrish (33) is fouled by Illinois during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers forward Lilly Meister (52) plays against Illinois during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Chloe Moore-McNeil (22) plays against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Jada Peebles (11) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Sara Scalia (14) plays against Illinois during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Sara Scalia (14) plays against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Makira Cook (3) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers forward Mackenzie Holmes (54) plays against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Jada Peebles (11) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Yarden Garzon (12) plays against Illinois Fighting Illini forward Kendall Bostic (44) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Chloe Moore-McNeil (22) goes to the hoop against Illinois Fighting Illini center Camille Hobby (41) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Lexus Bargesser (1) plays against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Kam’Ren Rhodes (4) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Illinois Fighting Illini guard Genesis Bryant (1) steals the ball from Indiana Hoosiers guard Lexus Bargesser (1) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers forward Mackenzie Holmes (54) scores against Illinois Fighting Illini forward Shay Bollin (22) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers forward Mackenzie Holmes (54) plays against Illinois Fighting Illini center Camille Hobby (41) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Sara Scalia (14) takes a shot against Illinois during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers forward Mackenzie Holmes (54) goes to the hoop against Illinois during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Sydney Parrish (33) shoots a three pointer against Illinois during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana University coach Teri Moren reacts during an NCAA women’s basketball game against Illinois on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Illinois Fighting Illini forward Kendall Bostic (44) rebounds against Indiana Hoosiers forward Mackenzie Holmes (54) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Sydney Parrish (33) plays defense against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Genesis Bryant (1) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers forward Mackenzie Holmes (54) plays against Illinois Fighting Illini guard Genesis Bryant (1) during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Chloe Moore-McNeil (22) plays against Illinois during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – DECEMBER 31: Indiana Hoosiers guard Yarden Garzon (12) disputes being called for a foul against Illinois during an NCAA women’s basketball game on December 31, 2023 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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