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Most memorable IU sports moments of the 2023-24 seasons

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Indiana women’s basketball rocks Iowa, Clark in front of rowdy crowd

Indiana women’s basketball defeated No. 4 Iowa 86-69 in front of a sold-out, white-clad Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall crowd Feb. 22. The Hoosiers held Iowa guard Caitlin Clark to 8-26 from the field, and Indiana guard Sara Scalia led all scorers with 25 points, including a game-sealing 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

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Sophomore Yarden Garzon plays defense Feb. 22, 2024, against University of Iowa in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Garzon had 15 points against the Hawkeyes.

Indiana softball makes run in Big Ten Tournament, earns berth in NCAA tournament

Despite a slow start in the regular season, Indiana softball silenced its doubters in the 2024 Big Ten Tournament. The eighth-seeded Hoosiers started the tournament May 8 with a 6-3 win over No. 9 Purdue. They carried the momentum to an upset 4-3 victory vs. No. 1 Northwestern on May 9 and a 9-5 win against No. 4 Nebraska on May 10. Despite losing to No. 2 Michigan 3-1 in the championship game May 11, the tournament run earned Indiana an NCAA Tournament berth for its second consecutive season.

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The IU softball team celebrates a walkout grand slam at Andy Mohr Field on April 16, 2024, in Bloomington. The team won against Notre Dame 5 to 3.

Indiana volleyball beats Purdue for first time in 11 years

More than 2,700 fans packed inside Wilkinson Hall on Oct. 11, 2023, and witnessed Indiana volleyball’s first win against Purdue since 2012. The Hoosiers defeated the No. 15 Boilermakers in four sets and ended Purdue’s 21-game win streak against Indiana.

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Then-junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame digs the ball Sept. 17, 2021, in Wilkinson Hall. More than 2,500 fans witnessed Indiana volleyball face Purdue on Oct. 14, 2022, in Bloomington.

Indiana men’s soccer reaches Elite Eight in NCAA Tournament

Indiana men’s soccer won the Big Ten regular season title and tournament championship, earning themselves a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers made a deep run in the tournament as they defeated Lipscomb, Wake Forest and Virginia before falling to Notre Dame in penalty kicks in the Elite Eight.

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Both IU and IUPUI soccer teams watch the ball at Bill Armstrong Stadium on April 16, 2024, in Bloomington. The Hoosiers defeated the Jaguars 3-0

Mackenzie Holmes breaks all-time scoring record, sweeps Purdue

Indiana women’s basketball routed Purdue 95-62 on Feb. 11 as graduate forward Mackenzie Holmes broke Indiana’s all-time scoring record when she scored her 2,365th point with 5:15 left in the fourth quarter. Holmes never lost to the Boilermakers in her career, going a perfect 10-0.

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Graduate senior forward Mackenzie Holmes goes up for a shot against University of South Carolina on March 29, 2024, at MVP Arena in Albany, New York. Holmes had 12 points against the Gamecocks.

Indiana men’s basketball holds off Wisconsin, fire alarm in 74-70 win

Indiana men’s basketball defeated Wisconsin 74-70 on Feb. 27, but the win was not as noteworthy as the 15-minute fire alarm delay. The Hoosiers and Badgers were tied at 54 apiece in the second half when the fire alarms inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall went off, forcing fans and players to evacuate the building. No one was hurt and play resumed.

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Redshirted senior guard Xavier Johnson celebrates after an and one on Jan. 30, 2024, against University of Iowa at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Johnson left the game early after falling on his arm after an attempted dunk in the second half.

Indiana swim and dive win twin Big Ten titles

Indiana women’s swim and dive won its seventh Big Ten title on Feb. 24, defeating Ohio State by half a point. One week later on March 2, the men’s swim and dive team won its third consecutive Big Ten title by 296 points. The wins marked Indiana’s first twin titles since 2019.

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An IU swimmer celebrates after her event Feb. 2, 2024, at the Councilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington. Indiana women's swim and dive won its seventh Big Ten title.

Indiana baseball ties Ball State due to darkness

Indiana baseball tied Ball State 7-7 in 12 innings April 24 because it became too dark to play. Ball Diamond, Ball State’s baseball stadium, did not have lights despite being built in 1971 and renovated from 2014-16. The game was initially slated for April 23 at Victory Field in Indianapolis but was postponed due to rain.

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Josh Pyne bats at Bart Kaufman Field on May 16, 2024, in Bloomington. The Hoosiers defeated University of Michigan in the second game of their double header 11 to 2.

Indiana women’s soccer plays in first NCAA Tournament since 2013

Indiana women’s soccer finished its 2023 campaign 12-3-4 after finishing 3-7-7 in 2022. The Hoosiers clinched an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2013 but lost to No. 6 Saint Louis 2-0 on Nov. 10, 2023.

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Indiana strikes a ball against Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2023, at Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington. Indiana lost to Ohio State on Thursday night.

Indiana football fires Tom Allen, hires Curt Cignetti

Indiana football fired head coach Tom Allen after seven seasons in Bloomington on Nov. 26, paying $15.5 million to buy out the remaining three years of his contract. Allen’s career record was 33-49 with the Hoosiers, including back-to-back bowl appearances in 2019 and 2020. Indiana hired James Madison head coach Curt Cignetti on Nov. 30 to take Allen’s place. Cignetti boasted a 52-9 record in five seasons at James Madison and three consecutive Colonial Athletic Association titles.

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Head coach Curt Cignetti is pictured at his introductory press conference on Dec. 1, 2023, inside the team room at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Nine James Madison University transfers have joined Cignetti in Bloomington.
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