BLOOMINGTON, IND. (Nov. 7, 2019) - Mount St. Mary's fell victim to a high powered Indiana offense, conceding 50 points in the first half to the nationally ranked Hoosiers in a 75-52 defeat before 2,831 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall Thursday evening.
Aryna Taylor once again provided a spark for the Mountaineers (0-2), coming within two rebounds of a double-double with 15 points and eight boards. Jatarrikah Settle and Kendall Bresee also reached double figures, with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Taylor registered five steals to lead the game, and Bresee contributed three assists to lead the team.
Mount clamped down defensively in the second half, limiting Indiana to 27.8 percent from the floor.
Indiana (1-0) was led by Grace Berger, who led the game with 24 points and seven rebounds. Mackenzie Holmes added 15 points with seven boards of her own.
The game was competitive for the first quarter, as the two teams traded blows back and forth. Mount led 6-3 in the early going, peaking with a layup by Bresee. A 7-0 IU run ended that rally, but Taylor hit a pair of triples to force a Hoosier timeout. Both sides shot over 50 percent in the first ten, but Indiana held the 25-18 advantage.
It was all Hoosiers in the second quarter, who scored another 25 points while holding Mount scoreless until the 4:22 mark, when Bresee earned the old-fashioned hoop and harm three-point play. The half ended at 50-26 - the first time the Mountaineers have conceded 50 points over the initial 20 minutes since December 6, 2017 against Maryland.
Mount did their best to stay in the contest in the second half, outscoring Indiana 17-16 in the third quarter. Settle led the way with seven points. Taylor scored seven of the Mount's nine points in the final quarter, and the defense held the Hoosiers even.
The Mount opens their home schedule Monday (Nov. 11) against Frostburg State. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Knott Arena.