WNIT live blog: Northwestern at IU women

FINAL: Indiana 66, Northwestern 65. Season continues for the Hoosiers, whose last basket gave them their first lead of the night. Gerardot drove the lane and dished to Deloach underneath. She dumped in a layup with 11 secs left and NU misses on other end. Game over. Larryn Brooks led Indiana with 27 points. Simone Deloach only had 4 — no bigger than the final 2. Indiana will play at South Dakota State on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tabitha Gerardot nearly throws it away against 3-4 press, but holds on near timeline and Miller calls timeout. :29 left to play. IU down 1

Brooks gets Indiana back within a point with 3 free throws with 59 seconds left. NU leads 65-64.

Larryn Brooks cuts the IU deficit to 1 on a 3-pointer, sending Assembly Hall into frenzy. Lauren Douglas answers with easy layup on other end. Northwestern 65-62 with under 2 to play.

Under-4: Northwestern 63, Indiana 57. Hoosiers haven’t been able to get any closer than 6, it seems. They’ve missed layups, some free throws and have way too many turnovers (16). Of course, Northwestern actually has 17 errors. All those missed layups hurting Indiana right now.

Under-8: Northwestern 59, Indiana 52. Larryn Brooks dumps in an open 3 from the wing to knock it back to single digits and Miller calls timeout. IU is 9-of-25 from 3 after missing each of its first seven to start the night. But the Hoosiers are also up to 15 turnovers.

Under-12: Northwestern 53, Indiana 47. So. Many. Missed. Layups. It’s unbelievable how often this team squanders opportunities within five feet. Imagine if some of those misses under the basket go in tonight. Agler, Gassion each have five points in the half. Curt Miller also livid — I mean screaming, jumping, pounding his foot — after a couple no-calls under the basket. Still, despite the many problems tonight, it’s a two-possession game.

Under-16: Northwestern 47, Indiana 40. Taylor Agler gets her sixth block of the season, blocking Maggie Lyon under the basket before answering with a 3-pointer on the other end. Hoosiers have had some bad misses in the first 3:30 of the half, so that was a big one for them.

HALFTIME: Northwestern 41, INDIANA 35. Hoosiers have to be happy it’s a two-possession game at the break. Uneven and often ugly half. Larryn Brooks has 15 points, including 3 3-pointers, to lead Indiana. Lyndsay Leikem has 8 points, 4 rebounds. Indiana has 11 turnovers and Northwestern has 13 points off those errors. Hoosiers are out-rebounding NU, 21-15, including eight on the offensive glass. Indiana has 11 second-chance points. So, if IU can find a way to limit all those turnovers — many of which came against the Wildcats’ three-quarter press, it has a good chance of moving on.

Under-4: Northwestern 30, Indiana 22. A Leikem 3 and a ridiculous layup (I thought included a foul) by Brooks cuts deficit to single digits. Indiana now has 11 turnovers, one short of its season average.

Five quick points, including a transition 3 from Larryn Brooks has IU within 9 and the Assembly Hall crowd roaring with 8:11 left in the first half. Timeout Northwestern. This could be the largest crowd the team has had all season — the student section behind the South basket is nearly full — and they’ve been looking for a reason to cheer all night. Northwestern leads 23-14.

Under-12: Northwestern 18, Indiana 9. Hoosiers are 0-for-5 from 3-point range, shooting 28% from the field. Alexis Gassion having a bit of a rough go at it. She’s 1-for-5 from the field, with a couple misses on wide open 3-pointers. IU has 7 errors.

Under-16: Northwestern 7, Indiana 4. 4 IU turnovers, 4 NU steals. Hoosiers looking a bit tentative on offensive end. Simone Deloach just earned a quick hook for basically giving the ball away 15 feet from the basket. Curt Miller stomped his foot and yelled for Milika Taufa to check in. Northwestern is also showing off its three-quarter press, which had Miller concerned in practice this week.

PREGAME: Indiana looks to keep its postseason run alive in tonight’s WNIT third-round matchup against Northwestern at Assembly Hall. It gives the Hoosiers an opportunity to erase the bad memory of January’s 58-52 loss to the Wildcats, in which IU played one of its worst games of the season. That game came at the end of a grueling stretch of six games in 15 days and produced a woeful shooting effort from both the field and the free throw line. The Hoosiers are 10-6 all-time in the WNIT, with a 7-1 record at Assembly Hall. We’ll see if they can build on that mark tonight.

Indiana starters: F Tabitha Gerardot, F Simone Delach, G Alexis Gassion, G Taylor Agler, G Larryn Brooks.

I’ll have updates on the blog throughout the night. You can also catch me and Jeremy Price on Twitter at @BowieMike and @JPPrice, respectively.

3 comments

  1. What an incredible win for this team! The game was relatively ugly most of the way with both teams committing over 17 turnovers. IU was behind the whole night mostly around the 10 to 12 point range but, kept fighting and clawing their way back. They never gave up and neither did a very loud crowd. The atmosphere was electric! This was a game that this young team would not have won a couple of months ago but their grit and determination this night kept them in it. 21 wins on the season is a huge accomplishment for this team! While going to South Dakota St. Will be very tough, I would not doubt this team’s chances Sunday. Way to go ladies, we are very proud of you!

  2. At the beginning of the game I was concerned that my son and I may have jinxed the team. That is the first game we had been too all year and was unimpressed with the first 10 minutes of the game. IU then find a spark and started really playing. MikeC was right, it was an ugly game. It seemed that IU would never get closer than 6 the entire night. Every time they would get to 4 or 6, NU would answer back. Great finish and now on the the Elite 8.

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