IUWBB: Hoosiers defeat Lady Bulldogs, 62-58, for first NCAA tourney win since 1983

Indiana claimed its first NCAA tournament win since 1983, beating Georgia 62-58 in South Bend on Saturday.

Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers with 23 points. Amanda Cahill had 14, and Karlee McBride had 10.

IU was able to establish a 28-24 lead at halftime, but it was two quarters of offensive struggle for both teams. The Hoosiers hit 35 percent of their shots, and only 2-of-7 from 3, their offense appearing disjointed versus the Lady Bulldogs’ length and quickness.

That included missed layups, mistimed passes, or passes that just went in the stands. But Georgia was equally frustrated offensively. When the Hoosiers went on a nearly five-minute drought, Georgia couldn’t close on the other end, still trailing by one before Buss completed a three-point play to make it 23-19 with 4:56 left in the second quarter.

The basket was on complete lockdown on both ends. Georgia hit 33 percent from the field and from 3 in the first half. Aside from their halfcourt troubles, neither team was able to get out and run, either. Each team scored only five fastbreak points.

IU’s lead, in reality, came via the free throw line. At half, the Hoosiers had hit 8-of-11, while the Lady Bulldogs missed all four of their tries.

In the third quarter, back-to-back buckets by Karlee McBride pushed the IU lead to six, but five quick points became eight when Amanda Cahill was called for a foul boxing out on a Georgia make. Keeping possession, Georgia hit its second 3 in little over a minute to take a 34-32 lead.

That lead was 43-42 at quarter’s end, with Buss looking up at the referees when she didn’t get a call on a drive to the basket with time expiring. She had been poked in the eye on a layup before being pummeled under the basket with time expiring, assistant coach Rhet Wierzba coming out to high five her following the snub.

Buss would play a big part in getting IU some breathing room to start the next quarter, though. She would hit two free throws, then a 3. A layup by McBride pushed the lead back to six, but Georgia would storm back to tie it at 52-all.

Caliya Robinson’s jump hook with a minute remaining cut the IU advantage to 57-56, but Amanda Cahill answered on the other end. An offensive foul call on Georgia’s end got IU the ball back, with Jenn Anderson to the free throw line with 35 seconds left. She made one of two to push IU’s lead to 60-56.

Georgia would cut it back to two, but free throws by Jenn Anderson and Alexis Gassion sealed the win.

7 comments

  1. Great win. It’s hard to imagine if you just picked any D1 team at random that they wouldn’t have won a tournament game in 33 years.

    Good to have that monkey off their backs. It really looks like the women’s program is headed in the right direction.

  2. Tyra truly gave her heart and soul for the IU win and besides being wore out having to go the entire game and the lack of calls on her drives to the basket , pokes to the eye and other such non called fouls plus at games end her back was obviously bothering her a lot. It was great to see IU pull this one out and break that long spell of not winning an ncaa game, but of course I guess you first have to be in the tourney before you can win one. Im afraid monday night will be quite the ugly affair, but still looking forward to it.

  3. A tremendous win for our ladies tonight against as good a defensive team as we have played all year. This game was not very pretty to say the least. Playing against a much more athletic team that we were, we simply gritted it out in the end. Tyra Buss simply wouldn’t let us lose late in the 3rd quarter and all through the 4th quarter. She put the team on her back and created baskets that at times didn’t seem to be there? As good as Buss was, Amanda Cahill played her usual steady outstanding game inside and from three hitting shots and grabbing big rebounds when ever we needed it. After the game in the ESPN studio, Kara Lawson and Rebecca Lobo both stated that the thing that expressed them most about Indiana was their mental toughness late in the game. Late in the game it appeared that Georgia had all the momentum when they grabbed a late lead but, IU came back and made big play after big play. Monday at 6;30 they now face their toughest task of the year in # 2 ranked Notre Dame.
    What a great day to be a Hoosier fan with both the Men & Women winning NCAA Tournament games! As has been stated before, the best thing that has happened to women’s basketball in Bloomington was the hiring of Teri Moren and her staff 2 summers ago! The results of this year’s team has proven that without a doubt! Who could have seen this coming 2 years ago? For those that still doubt, let the results speak for themselves. Go Hoosiers!!

  4. What a game! What a year!

    I know we aren’t done but I’m ecstatic with this season overall.

    Can’t stress enough how much the team improved by playing tougher non-conference teams earlier this year. Funny how that works… I’ve never been a fan of raking up wins for the sake of wins alone. Yes we made the NIT a few years back and went deep, however, these ladies are battle-hardened. It doesn’t hurt having to play Maryland and Ohio State in conference play either.

    Playing against Notre Dame in their arena is going to be the biggest test yet for this team but I have no doubt we CAN play with the them. We just have to play with them the whole game, fight tough lady Hoosiers.

    Go Hoosiers!!

  5. IU will need more than Buss and Cahill , in fact to have any chance we will need to be hitting on all cylinders and playing great defense. I wish them the best. What this exposure can do for IU though is way more than the upcoming IU-ND game, but it could help leaps and bounds in the recruiting market, hoping.

  6. These women are fantastic! Great players, great coaches, great togetherness. Is there any time and channel to view this (past) game? Of course ND will be on TV. GO IU women! We are proud of you!

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