The No. 16 Indiana water polo team (3-2) finished their opening weekend with an 8-5 win over the No. 6 ranked Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (3-1) at the UC Santa Barbara Invite.
After a tough loss to the No. 3 ranked UCLA Bruins yesterday, the Hoosiers responded nicely with eight goals, five from junior Kelly Matthews. This win is IU’s first Top-10 win since they beat No. 10 Princeton on April 10, 2015.
The Rainbow Wahine opened this contest with a 3-1 lead before the Hoosiers responded with two goals to tie it, one from freshman Joelle Nacouzi and Matthews.
Back and forth the teams went in the second half as after three quarters, the score was knotted at four thanks to a freshman Mollie Williams goal with seven seconds left before the break.
Less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Hawaii took a 5-4 lead. Then IU didn’t stop scoring.
First it was Matthews, it was Matthews again, then again it was Matthews who scored for the Hoosiers. With two minutes to go, the Hoosiers had a 7-5 lead. With 42-seconds left, Nacouzi put the icing on the Hoosiers victory with a goal of her own to finish the 8-5 win.
Up Next: 2017 Bruno Classic
Saturday, February 4th
8:00 a.m. ET | No. 16 Indiana (3-2) vs. Marist (1-1)
3:00 p.m. ET | No. 16 Indiana (3-2) vs. Wagner (0-0)
Sunday, February 5th
8:00 a.m. ET | No. 16 Indiana (3-2) vs. Azusa Pacific (0-0)
3:00 p.m. ET | No. 16 Indiana (3-2) vs. Brown (0-0)
Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center • Providence, R.I.
After a week off, the Hoosiers will be back in action when they play four games on the campus of Brown University. For three of the Hoosiers opponents, the Bruno Classic will be their first games of the season.
News courtesy of Indiana Athletics.