INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kentucky All-Star coach Steve Helton found
out what Indiana All-Star Skylar Diggins was about during a
game-changing 8 1/2-minute span to start the second half.
Diggins, a Notre Dame recruit, scored 17 of her 25 points during
that stretch, and the Indiana girls beat Kentucky 105-75 on
"There was a lot of hype in Skylar and she lived up to
everything," Helton said. "She's an all-around player. She can
shoot the ball, she can take you off the drive, and she does it all
in a fluid motion. It's not like she's struggling to get any of it
Diggins, a South Bend Washington graduate, scored all of her
second-half points on jumpers. By the time Indiana's Miss
Basketball left for an extended break with 12:27 remaining, her
team had increased its 50-40 halftime lead to 77-54.
"Coach (Stan) Benge talked to us about a breaking point and we
couldn't let up," Diggins said. "The first four minutes of the
second half are probably the most important of the game, so we all
knew we had to step it up."
Alexandria Bentley of Indianapolis Ben Davis scored 14 points,
DeAirra Goss of Ben Davis scored 13 and Connecticut recruit Kelly
Faris of Heritage Christian scored 11 for Indiana.
Tiara Hopper of Butler Traditional led Kentucky with 19 points,
and the state's Miss Basketball, Adia Mathies of Iroquois, added
The teams will meet again on Sunday in Louisville, Ky.
Kentucky swept the series last year, winning the two games by a
combined 56 points. Indiana bounced back to score 100 or more
points for the seventh time since the series started in 1976.
Indiana shot 10-for-20 from 3-point range and 49 percent
overall. The teams combined to shoot 72 free throws.
Indiana missed its first eight shots as Kentucky rolled to a 9-2
lead. Indiana's first field goal came nearly five minutes into the
"I thought we came out a little bit nervous, anxious maybe,"
Diggins said. "We just have to relax and play and have fun. When
we come together it's scary how good this team can be."
Indiana rallied and took an 18-16 lead on a layup by Faris with
11:30 left in the first half.
Indiana led 39-37 before back-to-back 3-pointers by Indiana
recruit Aulani Sinclair and Bentley made it 45-37 with just under
two minutes left in the first half. Indiana extended the lead on a
3-point play by Diggins with 3.8 seconds left in the first half and
led 50-40 at the break.
Indiana opened the second half on a 14-6 run. Diggins scored
seven points during that stretch, including a 3-pointer that gave
her team a 64-46 lead and forced Kentucky to call timeout.
Indiana led by as many as 34 points in the second half, thanks
largely to Diggins. She gave her teammates credit.
"I just took my role and my teammates did a great job of
setting me up," she said. "We just got it going a little bit from
there and it sparked a fire underneath us."