WNIT live blog: Indiana at South Dakota State

FINAL: South Dakota State 76, Indiana 64. That’ll do it for the Hoosiers. Alexis Gassion led all scorers with 22 points, Larryn Brooks added 16. Jackrabbits advance to the WNIT Final Four. More to come.

Indiana just hasn’t been able to get stops after getting points. Making matters worse, with IU down 10 and two minutes left, Brooks brings the ball up and throws a crosscourt pass to Agler, who wasn’t paying attention. The ball bounces out of bounds — turnover.

Under-4: South Dakota State 62, Indiana 55. Milika Taufa just picked up her fifth foul in what could be her final game. Indiana was within 3 minutes ago, but it didn’t last long. Jacks trying to put away the Hoosiers now. Indiana needs to match stops with points. Haven’t been able to do that in the second half. Both teams have 26 points in this half.

8-min timouet: Gerardot gets in trouble along the baseline and Miller calls timeout. Indiana trails 54-47 with 8:11 left.

Under-12: South Dakota State 48, Indiana 42. Hoosiers were within 4, and nearly cut it back to 4 moments ago, but an Agler layup went in and out. Larryn Brooks (12) and Alexis Gassion (10) each in double figures for Indiana, which is shooting 43 perecent (6-for-10) in 2nd half.

Under-16: South Dakota State 43, IU 34. Tabitha Gerardot missed pair of free throws moments ago. IU is 2-of-6 at the line so far. On the other end, Jacks continue to get to the line. Megan Waytashek converts a pretty and-1 to help SDSU boost its lead back to nine points.

HALF: South Dakota State 36, Indiana 29. Alexis Gassion leads Hoosiers with 8 points, Brooks and Agler each have 7. SDSU outscored IU 9-3 over the final 4 mins of the half. In that span, IU had 3 turnovers and shot 1-for-4 from field. But the difference is South Dakota State’s ability to draw contact and get to the line. The Jacks are 7-for-8 at the line through the first 20 minutes.
Here are a couple halftime stats: Indiana is shooting 37 percent, South Dakota State is shooting 44 percent; Each team has 5 3-pointers; SDSU is outrebounding IU 18-17, but the Hoosiers have 9 second-chance points off six offensive rebounds; Indiana has 8 turnovers, SDSU has 7 turnvoers.

Under-4: South Dakota State 27, Indiana 26. Teams are trading runs right now. Indiana came out of the Under-8 timeout and forced two quick SDSU turnovers to start a 10-0 run. It allowed the Hoosiers to take a brief, one-point lead and get back in it. Taylor Agler and Larryn Brooks each have seven points to lead Indiana.

Under-8: South Dakota State 25, Indiana 16. Jacks on a 9-3 run over last 3 minutes. Curt Miller was given a technical for protesting a foul call against Indiana moments ago. I had a bad angle on the play, but sounds like he saw Taylor Agler make a clean block on the play, which was right in front of him. The technical cost IU two points.

Under-12: South Dakota State 15, Indiana 13. Curt Miller stressed the importance of playing well first 10 minutes. So far, so good. South Dakota State has a rebounding advantage with 6-foot-1 junior forward Mariah Clarin, who’s out-toughing IU underneath the glass right now. SDSU has five second-chance points off 10 rebounds (three offensive) so far. SDSU has gone 10 players deep already, but its top scorers Paluch and Waytashek who have accounted for 13 of team’s 15 points.

Under-16: South Dakota State 10, Indiana 9. Hoosiers’s 3-of-10 shooting so far includes — you guessed it — missed layups. Indiana has also been blocked twice under the basket. Tabitha Gerardot and Taylor Agler each have a 3-pointer. By the way it is L-O-U-D here at Frost Arena. You’ll remember, the Hoosiers practiced with simulated crowd noise this week.

PREGAME: Indiana makes its third WNIT quarterfinals appearance this afternoon in Brookings, S.D., where the Hoosiers face Summit League power South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits are making their eighth consecutive Division I postseason appearance and, after winning their conference regular season title for the fifth time in the last seven years, SDSU appeared to be a favorite to make the NCAA Tournament, but fell to rival South Dakota in the Summit League Championships.

Indiana’s three wins in this year’s WNIT are the most in a single national postseason tournament in program history since NCAA Tournament play began in 1983. With the Hoosiers at 21-12 on the year, a win today would give them the most wins in a single season.

Indiana starters: F Simone Deloach, F Tabitha Gerardot, G Alexis Gassion, G Larryn Brooks, G Taylor Agler.
SDSU starters: F 14 Hannah Strop, F Megan Waytashek, F Mariah Clarin, G Steph Paluch, G Gabby Boever

Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET. Also, for those of you in Bloomington, Yogi’s will have a broadcast of the game on multiple televisions today. So if you want to watch, that may be your best bet. Otherwise, I’ll be here.

You can follow along here and on Twitter, where you can find me at @BowieMike.

3 comments

  1. First of all SDSU’s broadcast is behind an %$11 pay wall. I believe NCAA policy states all postseason events have to be free so can you check into this? In the meantime keep me updated. Also how did you get there? Fly through Chicago or Minneapolis to Sioux Falls and rent a car there or drive the 12 hours in ur car?

  2. So ends a terrific women’s season. What a great season this young team gave us! Although the final score was over 10 points, the Hoosiers never gave up and fought hard to the end. The maturity this team showed down the stretch was really impressive! Being a regular attendee at women’s games since the late 80’s, I have never enjoyed a season as much as this years! Coach Miller and his staff did a tremendous job with this year’s team and over achieved to say the least. With rising attendance and terrific recruiting this program has tremendous potential for the future. It is nice to know that there is another basketball program to support in town other than the under achieving men. Women’s games are a great bargin. Much cheaper, first come first serve general admission seating and players who work hard and play together. What more could you want? I only hope that coach Miller may be able to sign another “big” to add to next years terrific recruiting class during the spring signing period in April. Can’t wait till next year! Go Hoosiers!

  3. Thank you Ladies(& coaching staff) for some basketball excitement this year. Great season. We made it to2 games this year and will be back!

    Great job!

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