Women’s basketball: Former Gopher Sara Scalia scores 22 in No. 16 Indiana’s 85-62 win over Gophers

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Mackenzie Holmes scored a season-high 32 points on 15-of-17 shooting and No. 16 Indiana rebounded from a big loss with an 85-62 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The Hoosiers bounced back from an 84-57 loss to now-No. 2 Iowa on Saturday by making 11 of 24 3-pointers, shooting 59% overall (33 of 56) and having 23 assists on the 33 baskets.

Sara Scalia

Sara Scalia, a former Stillwater standout who began her career at Minnesota, where she scored over 1,000 points in three seasons, made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Indiana (15-2, 6-1 Big Ten Conference). Sydney Parrish added 15, also knocking down five 3-pointers.

Grace Grocholski scored 19 points to lead the Gophers (13-4, 3-3). Mara Braun added 14 points and Amaya Battle had 13.

Holmes had 11 in the first quarter, including seven straight in a 10-0 run, that put Indiana on top 20-13. Battle’s basket to open the second quarter pulled Minnesota within 23-20 but Scalia ended up taking over with three 3s and 14 points for a 47-29 lead at halftime. Scalia, who was 5-of-7 shooting, outscored the Gophers by three in the second quarter.

Minnesota got within 12 early in the third but the Hosiers scored seven straight, capped by Holmes’ three-point play. Indiana then closed with a 7-0 run and it was 85-62 entering the fourth.

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