Chloe Moore-McNeil set to Return for her Fifth Season

Moore-McNeil averages 10 points and five assists this season. However, that is not her only value to the #14 Indiana Hoosiers.

Iowa v Indiana
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Indiana Women's Basketball got some fantastic news yesterday as point guard Chloe Moore-McNeil has decided to return for her last year of eligibility. She posted the following on her Twitter feed:

This season, Moore-McNeil is fourth on the team in scoring (10.1), leads the team in assists (4.9), and steals (1.3). Her steady hand at the point has been invaluable for the Hoosiers this season. Her return and guard Sydney Parrish's return next year give head coach Teri Moren a veteran backcourt to go through the grind of Big Ten play.

Head coach Teri Moren challenged Moore-McNeil to be more aggressive before the Illinois game, and she answered the call. She's been more willing to shoot and drive to the basket.

However, the box score cannot always measure her value to the team. For example, she catalyzed Indiana's revenge game against Iowa. Moore-McNeil had six points, five assists, and a steal in that game. However, it was her stellar defense against superstar Caitlin Clark that helped the Hoosiers get the victory.

Clark scored 24 points, but she needed 26 shots to do so. She had nine assists but five turnovers. Most important, Moore-McNeil contested every shot and forced Clark to dominate the ball and slow Iowa's ball movement.

“Chloe is as tough as they come,” coach Teri Moren says. “She’s reliable. I trust her not just with decisions on the floor, but having the assignment to guard the opposing team’s best player.“She has a lot on her plate -- guard the best player and run our team. That takes an amazing talent and toughness. If there [were] a category for toughness, she’d score high in every game because she gives her best.”

Mackenzie Holmes and Sara Scalia might get the most hype and score the points for the Hoosiers, but Chloe Moore-McNeil runs the show and having her back for a fifth year is a win for the Hoosiers.