BLOOMINGTON, IN. – The UMass Lowell women’s basketball team (0-1, 0-0 AE) fell to 11th
Indiana Hoosiers (1-0, 0-0 B1G) in front of a raucous crowd at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Friday night.
“I thought the atmosphere was great tonight and it was a great opportunity for our team to play in front of a big crowd in a big place,” said the head coach Denise King. “We have to be tougher against bigger and stronger teams. We have to find a different level of determination and heart if we want to get results.”
Junior Jaini Edmonds (Worcester, Mass.) and freshman Ella Ner (Bene Atarot, Israel) led the team that night with nine points each. Senior Kaylen Banwareesingh (Bronx, NY) posted a team-high eight boards and added four points. Sophomore Ivory Finely (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and graduate student Mili Carrera (Lima, Peru) each added five points for the River Hawks.
The River Hawks opened the scoring before the Hoosiers took a 6-0 lead. Ella Ner knocked down an early three to make it a one-point game. UMass Lowell held Indiana without a field goal for over three minutes, but early trouble with fouls gave the hosts a 9-5 lead during the media break. A 5-0 run for the Hoosiers was broken after a three by Jaini Edmonds to cut the lead again. Indiana extended the lead to 22-12 by the end of the first quarter.
Indiana started with a 9-0 run to open the second quarter and extend the lead to 31-12, forcing UMass Lowell to time out. The River Hawks struggled on both ends of the floor as the Hoosiers added another hit over two minutes while UMass Lowell was 2-19 before three free throws from senior Jaliena Sanchez (Springfield, Massachusetts). Jaini Edmonds broke through a goal drought of over four minutes just before half-time. Indiana led 49-17 at the break.
After the break, the Hoosiers offense continued to put down shots and scored 10 points in the first three minutes of the quarter. The River Hawks’ offense scored one goal on back-to-back drives, but then experienced a goal drought lasting over three minutes. Indiana led the media break 66-21. UMass Lowell went 0-6 from the field in a scoring drought over three minutes but kept the Hoosiers off the board for over three minutes. A few free throws from Ivory Finley ended the drought for the River Hawks. Indiana went into the final frame with a 69-24 lead.
In the final ten minutes, the Hoosiers went on another run and fired six straight shots to extend the lead. Indiana’s active hands and defense made it difficult for the River Hawks to find an offensive rhythm throughout the game. The hosts won the game xx-xx.
UMass Lowell returns on November 16 to open the home campaign against Boston University. Tipp-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Costello Athletic Center.