BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — During the Hoosiers’ 96-81 win over Auburn at the Las Vegas Invitational Friday night, announcers said forward Mackenzie Holmes plans to stay in Indiana for an extra year. Holmes confirmed this in a post-game press conference.
Although she gave a brief reply, it was all the Hoosier Nation wanted to hear.
“That’s the plan at the moment,” Holmes said.
The Gorham, Maine native currently leads the Hoosiers on average 20 points per game while shooting 76.6 percent from the field and 68.8 percent from the charity streak.
At the Las Vegas Invitational last Friday and Saturday, Holmes was the team’s top scorer as she missed just three shots in two games over the weekend.
“I pride myself on being efficient and getting the ball, getting shots that are good for me, shots that I’ve practiced,” said Holmes.
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The plan to return for an extra COVID year, a gift for players whose season has been cut short due to the pandemic, could make up for some lost time.
Last season, Holmes missed eight games after injuring his left knee and undergoing surgery. Moren said in a press conference this season that she feels like Holmes is 100 percent herself again.
Their full recovery and maintenance came at a good time when Holmes’ co-leader and teammate Grace Berger fell to the ground with a right knee injury in the Hoosiers’ win over Auburn in Las Vegas.
Berger had an MRI in Indiana on Sunday, but it hasn’t been confirmed if she will need surgery or be put off playing.
Whatever happens, Holmes said she knew she had to step into that leadership role, and the rest of the team stepped up as well.
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