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BLOOMINGTON — Grace Berger left IU’s game against Auburn earlier in the first quarter due to injury. It was during the first of IU’s two games in Las Vegas. How IU reacted would say.

It was a significant loss. Berger is one of the stars of IU. She’s been a big part of IU’s recent success. Last season, she averaged a team-high 16.2 points per game.

How exactly did IU react?

Win, win, win.

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It beat Auburn by double digits. Then it hit Memphis by double digits and swept the trip to Las Vegas. On Thursday, IU faced a big matchup with No. 6 North Carolina at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers, again without Berger, blasted the doors of the Tar Heels, 87-63. The game was rarely even questioned.

Indiana's head coach Teri Moren, wearing a Grace Berger sweatshirt, instructs her team during the first half of the women's baseball game between Indiana and North Carolina at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday, December 1, 2022.

This has become the IU program. What happened on Thursday is kind of the expectation. Sydney Parrish, who is in her first season with the program, was asked what IU said about her win over UNC.

“I mean we just came out and played hard. It’s not really a statement for us. We should play like this every night,” Parrish said.