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Buss breaks Hoosier all-time scoring record

  • Mt. Carmel native Tyra Buss scored 27 points Wednesday night, breaking the IU All-Time Scoring Record. Buss now has 1,931 points

    Mt. Carmel native Tyra Buss scored 27 points Wednesday night, breaking the IU All-Time Scoring Record. Buss now has 1,931 points

 
By Michael Dann mdann@dailyregister.com
updated: 1/4/2018 5:16 PM

On Wednesday night, Buss broke the all-time Indiana Women's Basketball scoring record in a 77-74 loss at Penn State.

Buss dropped a game-high 27 points, including a 10-for-12 effort from the free throw line, en route to set a new program record with her first layup in the third quarter. She surpassed IU great Denise Jackson's 1,917 career points as she now owns the record outright with her 1,931 points.

Buss went 7-of-15 from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown, while handing out three assists and coming away with three steals in 40 minutes of work.

IU head coach Teri Moren said despite the outcome of the game, Buss played Tuesday night, like she's played every other game she's took the court for the Hoosiers.

"Put the game aside, it's special. It's a special thing anytime that you can become the all-time leading scorer at Indiana, it's a special thing. I'm really proud of Tyra and I'm just really proud of her fight, not that she was perfect tonight defensively but she did everything. She left everything and that's one that I can tell you about Tyra, she never leaves a game whether she scores 27 or she has eight without playing as hard as she can. That's one of the things that I've always admired about her."

The senior guard from Mt. Carmel said afterwards she was humbled and honored to set the all-time scoring record at Indiana.

"I wish we would've gotten the win that's what we came here to do and that's what was most important to me as the team and us coming out with the win and, unfortunately, we didn't get to do that," Buss said. "But I reached a great milestone that I will remember forever. It's heartbreaking that we lost, but I'm glad and honored and humbled to have received this achievement. I came to Indiana University to make a difference, I wanted to be a part of a program changing and I just wanted to build it up to what it deserves to be and I've worked really hard and I think my work ethic has really paid off and shown as I achieved this milestone in my career. As I said, I'm just very humble and grateful. I have to give credit to my coaches and teammates because without them I wouldn't be here."

Buss has also set the record for free throws made and free throws attempted. In addition, it was her11th 20-plus point performance this season and her 102nd game in double figure scoring in her career.

On Thursday, Buss and teammate Amanda Cahill were named to the Senior CLASS Award Candidates.

Buss and Cahill are two of 30 candidates up for the award, which is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Buss and Cahill, both All-Big Ten Preseason honorees, are leading Indiana this season, not only in season statistics but putting their names in the record books. Buss is leading Indiana with 20.6 points per game, 4.3 assists per game and shooting 44 percent from the floor. The Mt. Carmel, Ill. native set the school scoring record against Penn State on Wednesday night and has currently scored 1,931 career points while setting records for free throws made (536) and free throws attempted (715).

Cahill is averaging 13.4 points, a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. The Cheryl Miller Preseason Watch List honoree has seven double-doubles this season and currently ranks tied for fourth all-time in school history in that category. She also leads the team with 18 blocks and ranks seventh all-time (101).

The duo is the only pair from the same school on either the men's or women's Senior CLASS awards list and two of three Big Ten candidates on the women's list.

Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to fields of 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four® and NCAA Women's Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.