WNIT live blog: Indiana vs. Belmont

FINAL: Indiana 48, Belmont 47. Hoosiers win 1st postseason game since beating Curt Miller’s Bowling Green team in 2009. Indiana will host Marquette Saturday at 7 at Assembly Hall. Lyndsay Leikem and Larryn Brooks each had 11 to lead Indiana. Leikem, especially, had some huge buckets late. Big game for Alexis Gassion, who had 10 rebounds and one big steal at the end to clinch it for the Hoosiers.

Bell misses the front end and Bruins charge up floor with a chance. But Jordyn Luffman bobbles it and turns it over at midcourt. Alexis Gassion grabs it. Game.

Nicole Bell in the game, gets fouled to send Indiana into the 1-and-1. Hoosier lead only 48-47. 5.6 seconds left

Belmont misses open 3 in corner with 9 seconds left. Gassion grabs the rebound and Bruins foul. 48-47 lead for the Hoosiers.

Indiana led by as many as 14 points in this half. It’s an 8-0 Bruins run. Indiana leads, 48-47 with 24 seconds left. We’ve seen a bad shot from Larryn Brooks with 2 hands in her face and a missed Deloach jumper. Not great play from IU in last few moments. 8-0 Belmont run.

Under-4: Indiana 48, Belmont 42. Bruins bring it back to a 2-possession games with a 3. Hoosiers outrebounding Bruins in half, 21-12.

Belmont turns it into a 2-possession game with less than 6 to go. Bruins getting a few 2nd chances over last few possessions. IU 42-38

Miller calls timeout just under the 8-min mark. Belmont back within single digits after an 8-2 run. IU lead 40-32, 7:53 2H

Under-12: Indiana 38, Belmont 24. Amazing to think how much larger the Indiana lead could be with fewer missed layups. Hoosiers shooting 6-of-13 in second half, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Indiana opens a 36-24 lead, prompting a Belmont timeout with 14:09 to go. Curt Miller on the court raising his arms asking for crowd noise. Lyndsay Leikem with 5 points in the 2nd half for Indiana, including one of those much-needed 3-pointers.

Under-16: Indiana 31, Belmont 24. Hoosiers outrebounding Bruins 8-1 in first 4 mins. Indiana continues to attack the basket. Tabitha Gerardot opened the second-half scoring with a 3-pointer — only the Hoosiers’ second of the night. Perimeter shooting sits at a woeful 18 percent (2-of-11) for IU.

HALFTIME: Indiana 24, Belmont 21. Taylor Agler and Larryn Brooks each have 9 points for the Hoosiers. Winner of this one gets winner of Marquette-Indiana State in next round. Sycamores-Golden Eagles tied at 28 at halftime.
Both Indiana and Belmont are shooting around 30 percent. 16 of Indiana’s points have come in the paint and nine have come off turnovers. Bruins winning the battle of the boards 22-21. Nine of IU’s rebounds have come on the offensive glass, but the Hoosiers have picked up only six second-chance points. The Hoosiers, who thrive on deep balls, are shooting only 1-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Under-4: Indiana 18, Belmont 17. Bruins outrebounding IU, 20-18. Hoosiers have 7 off boards, but only 2 second-chance points. Indiana really struggling from deep. Hoosiers only have one 3-pointer on 8 attempts. That equals a meager 12 percent figure from beyond the arc. Hoosiers struggling to win when they don’t get the deep balls.

Some defensive confusion leads to a Belmont 3 and the Bruins cut it to 18-14 at 6:12. Curt Miller gets animated and calls for time.

Under-8: Indiana 18, Belmont 10. Taylor Agler and Larryn Brooks have combined for 14. 16 of IU’s points have come from freshmen. Belmont is shooting only 29 percent. Indiana has found 12 of its point in the paint. Hoosiers trying to attack.

Under-12: Indiana 14, Belmont 8. Bruins have out-rebounded IU 9-3 in last five mins. Curt Miller yells at his bench, “Rebound!” For the night, Belmont winning battle of the boards, 12-9, with four of those coming as second-chance opportunities. Taylor Agler has 7 points, but she should have 9. Missed layup on last trip down floor went as far in the goal as it could go w/o falling.

Under-16: Indiana 6, Belmont 4. Hoosiers pushing the tempo early. Taylor Agler with 4 points. IU shooting 3-of-7 with all of its points in the paint. Hoosiers outrebounding Bruins 6-3, with two of those on the offensive glass.

PREGAME: Indiana will make its 11th postseason tournament appearance when it hosts Belmont tonight at 7 in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament opener. Tonight marks the Hoosiers’ first postseason appearance since 2009. They get a Bruins squad that beat them, 58-54, in last year’s regular season.

We’ll have updates here all evening. You can find additional in-game observations on Twitter, where you can find me at @BowieMike.

Belmont lineup: F Frankie Joubran, F Jordyn Luffman, C Blair Bryce, G Adrienne Tarrence, G Katie Carroll.
Indiana lineup: F Simone Deloach, F Tabitha Gerardot, G Alexis Gassion, G Taylor Agler, G Larryn Brooks.

4 comments

  1. Really ugly game that IU guts out late. A very loud crowd was really into the game. The two week layoff really effected play in the game, both teams appeared really rusty. Neither team shot the ball well, both teams in the low 30 percent range. The ladies showed real grit and determination in pulling this one out.

    We play Marquette Saturday evening which is a really good team with size. It will take a strong effort to beat Marquette and here is hoping we get a great crowd to help push this team to victory! Go Hoosiers!

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