Indiana advanced to the second round of the WNIT with a 71-58 win Thursday over Ball State at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
IU will play 2 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall versus the winner of IUPUI-Saint Louis.
Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers (21-10) with 19 points. Amanda Cahill, 16, and Alexis Gassion, 14, also finished in double figures.
Ball State scored the first basket, on a drive and a layup by sophomore Carmen Grande, but the Hoosiers dominated with a 12-0 run over the next three minutes. At quarter’s end, they were up 28-12, and that lead seemed destined to stretch out for eternity. It ballooned out to 35-12 with 6:22 left in the first half, as the Hoosiers dribbled through and shot around the Cardinal defensive.
As connected and in-sync as the Hoosiers looked in the beginning of the game, they were the opposite in the final four minutes of the half. Through 16 minutes, IU had four turnovers. In the final four minutes, the Hoosiers committed seven errors, including a missed connection or two on inbounds passes.
Ball State took a 23-point IU lead and cut it to 11 points, 40-29, at halftime. But the Hoosiers responded every time the Cardinals (21-11) made a run. Ball State reduced the Hoosiers’ lead to eight points both in the third (51-33) and fourth quarters (62-54), but IU was able to push back on each occasion and cruise to victory.