IUWBB: Penn 3 lifts Hoosiers to 67-65 win at UCLA

Indiana sophomore Jaelynn Penn came up big in the clutch in a 67-65 win at UCLA on Sunday.

With the Hoosiers trailing 64-62 with a half-minute left, Penn drilled a 3-pointer to give IU a one-point lead. Ali Patberg made 1-of-2 from the line on the Hoosiers’ next possession, but UCLA’s Kennedy Burke also went 1-of-2 from the line and failed to tie it back up with five seconds left.

Penn was sent to the line with a little more than a second left and made 1-of-2.

The win pushes IU’s record to 7-0. Penn and Patberg each scored 17 points for the Hoosiers, while Portland, Ore., native Bendu Yeaney scored 13.

Indiana fell behind in the first quarter, 17-9, but the Hoosiers went on an 8-0 run to knot it up late. Patberg scored six of those points. UCLA’s Japreece Dean hit a 3-pointer to send the Bruins into the second quarter with a 20-17 lead.

In the second quarter, UCLA scored the first seven points to pull ahead by 10. But the Hoosiers went on to outscore the Bruins 20-3 the rest of the period. UCLA missed 10 shots in a row to end the second quarter, going scoreless for the final 5:56 of the half.

As a team, UCLA shot 36.4 percent in the first half, including 2-of-14 from beyond the arc. IU shot just 1-of-2 from 3-point range, but the Hoosiers were effective from inside the arc, connecting on nearly 47 percent from the field.

Patberg, the junior point guard, led the Hoosiers with 11 points heading into the break. Yeaney, a sophomore guard, scored nine first-half points.

UCLA (3-5) founds its stroke early in the second half, hitting three shots in a row. Grace Berger helped push back, knocking down a 3-pointer to push the Hoosiers’ advantage back to 46-40. A couple of UCLA layups made it a 49-48 game with seconds left in the period, but Brenna Wise beat the buzzer to push the IU lead back to three points heading into the final period.

It was a back-and-forth final frame, with Indianapolis native Lindsey Corsaro supplying the Bruins with a big shot. The redshirt freshman hit a 3-pointer to put UCLA up 62-60 with 2:31 left. But the 3-ball was not a strength for the Bruins, as they hit just 3-of-19 from beyond the arc Sunday. UCLA was 37.8 percent from the field.

A layup from Patberg tied it back up at 62 with 1:29 remaining. But the Bruins, who had 21 offensive rebounds, got a putback from Michaela Onyenwere for a two-point lead with 33 seconds left. Then Penn hit her 3-pointer to turn the tide.

IU was outrebounded, 46-36, on Sunday, but the Hoosiers knocked down 18-of-23 at the free throw line to the Bruins’ 6-of-8 effort. Freshman Aleksa Gulbe also provided four blocks before fouling out with two minutes left in the game. Yeaney swatted away two shots.


  1. Another road win in a tough venue to emerge victorious. Just the 4th loss for UCLA in their last 53 games played at home. A good test for our ladies. I’ll grade them at a B+ with a lot of work to do on the defensive glass (21 offensive rebounds allowed) and protecting the ball.
    See you on Wednesday when Butler comes to town.

  2. As scwartzie said, a truly GREAT win on the road in a tough environment! Although we got pounded on the boards we were able to make up for that deficit at the free throw line. Our defense, other than the rebounding was instrumental in the victory holding UCLA to 37% from the floor and only 3 for 19 from beyond the 3 point line. Our turnovers were down today which is always good. This team continues to impress although the schedule has not been extremely tough. Going on the road and winning is not easy no matter who you play. Looking forward to Wednesday evening and welcoming our ladies back home! Go Hoosiers!!

  3. Enjoyed watching this game. Very proud or our lady Hoosiers!! My wife and I both commented that the ladies’ team needs to work with the men’s team on free throw shooting.

  4. An impressive win at a great venue, where not many teams go into and come out a winner, 49 and 4 speaks for itself , our ladies can be proud and Im proud of them. Theres always work to do and Im sure Moren and staff will take care of that. Consider it was part of a 5500 mile journey makes it even that much more impressive. Now its back home to the friendly confines and Butler is the opponent. Keep up the good work hoosier ladies onward and upward.

  5. Another fun fact for IU fans. UCLA had their home winning streak of 12 games come to an end as well as their 42 game winning streak against non-ranked teams at Pauley Pavilion. In going to the bruin site post-game presser both Burke and Dean were crying so overcome with the emotion of the loss and what it meant to them, interesting.

  6. Butler comes to town on Wednesday undefeated at 6-0. This will be their first road game of the season. They have a very good team and should contend for the top of the Big East and an NCAA berth. We need as many fans as possible in the seats for this game. It’s time to get loud.

  7. IU ladies showing athletic competiveness but not dominance. Very good win if you beat UCLA on their court. Not sure where IU ladies will end upon big ten. However, they will be competitive.
    Alexa Bailey no longer with Butler. Indianapolis University I think.

  8. Had no idea Butler was 6-0. They are always a good program and well coached. Being an in state rivalry type game, you know it will be intense! Really looking forward to Wednesday’s game. T, you are right, it is time for Hoosier fans to come out and support this team! We need more butts in the seats! Like to see at least 4 or 5000 fans in the stands. Go Hoosiers!!

    1. Butler has some quality transfer players …. Whitney Jennings from Iowa, Ashanti Thomas from Penn State, and Katherine Strong from VCU to name a few. This will be a tough game.

  9. Yes I also did not know Butler was undefeated until last night when I went to their site. Should be a very competitive game, looking forward to the game. Im guessing there will be more fans in the stands, partly for Butler.

  10. What a fantastic way to end a cross country trip!
    I was super impressed with how doggedly our ladies stayed with the game plan.
    They never failed to drive to the basket at every possible opportunity, made shots at key times (especially Penn), Gulbe is an absolute beast defensively, Marchese did a great job rebounding when we needed it, just a super effort by each and every player.
    This team has HEART and is so darned fun to watch.
    It is a joy to watch women who play totally unselfishly and could care less about themselves personally. Moren and staff have managed to instill the “team first” concept quite successfully from the moment they arrived.

    Oh, the travel call at the end was a little suspect, not the kind of call you expect to get on the road.
    But we’ll take it!

  11. Yes, a HUGE win for the ladies. Demonstrated some mental toughness by getting that win.

    Making 18 of 23 free throws in a hostile arena qualifies the women to conduct a free-throw shooting clinic for IU’s men’s team. It certainly couldn’t hurt.

  12. Toughness and that will not to loose showing up again .

    Penn for 3 .. base line jumper .. GOOD.

    Like to see Marchese get more minutes as she produced big time.
    She took 33 to school… with her toughness and will to fight.

    All , played with big time heart.

  13. I didnt get to watch the game , listened to Murray on the broadcast. A huge get on the road for the team that had to travel and of note the bruin girls were highly upset with the loss as you would expect. I can see this team improving game by game as each player does their job in the format of the team concept. Looking forward to the match-up with the 6.0 Bulldogs on Wed. Listening to Gregg on the broadcast sounded as if the defense was on point.

  14. Don’t know if anyone else had noticed this, but on ESPNW’s first bracketology list, Charlie Creme has IU as an 8 seed.

    Is it way too early to get excited about this?
    But it has been awhile since we have been that high on this list.

  15. bvance– Thanks for the heads up on the early bracketology but as we know that is a constantly changing list, still good to know IU is there.

  16. T was correct. According to the new rankings out today IU gets 5 pts which places them 35th place for now.

  17. Today’s rpi rankings have IU at 37 which is 3rd best in the conference behind Minnesota and Iowa.

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