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Hoosiers look to build on Stanford game in Calif.

The final score of 14-1 did not tell the whole story.

IU’s loss to No. 1 Stanford on Jan. 23 was not all negative, IU coach Barry King said.
Despite the score, King took some positives from the contest and said that was the best game the Hoosiers had played in the young season.

“We were much more mobile offensively,” King said. “We were much more two-sided in our attack. In the first couple contests, the ball stayed on the same side of the pool. We drew 11 exclusions and a penalty against the No. 1 team in the country. By far the best offense we played — we just didn’t finish.”

The Hoosiers will look to continue that trend when they travel to California to take on UC Davis on Friday and compete in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.
Senior attacker Nicole Redder said she agreed with her coach’s evaluation.

“Our last game against Stanford was probably the best one we’ve played,” she said.  “A lot of our shots last weekend were just unlucky: hitting the bar and posting out. We’ve been shooting a lot more in practice. That was a big thing coach said: ‘We can’t just shoot the ball. We need to score the ball.’”

King said that there is not yet any need to make adjustments.

“We went back and looked at our film and saw that we were doing really good things up until the finish,” King said. “We’re going to stick with what we normally do and continue to generate the opportunities because the finishes will come.”

— Micah McVicker

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