IU women upset top-seeded N.C. State to reach first Elite Eight

Via Stefan Krajisnik of the Indianapolis Star

Indiana women’s basketball is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history following a 73-70 win Saturday against top-seeded North Carolina State.

Despite struggling late to hold onto a lead that was as large as 14, Indiana got a crucial stop on the final possession after senior guard Ali Patberg split a pair at the line to make it a three-point game.

The story of the game for the Hoosiers was once again the defense after forcing 17 Wolfpack turnovers in a game that was filled with runs.

The game started with a 7-0 run from NC State, but Indiana answered with a 9-0 run of its own and that pace of trading runs would continue throughout the first 20 minutes.

N.C. State saw a lead of as many as 11 in the first half, but IU continued to battle. After a nervous start, Indiana settled in and returned to what it does best: getting the ball inside.

IU shot 1-for-6 from deep in the first quarter. Settling for 3s is something Indiana has done in various slow starts this season, and in the second quarter IU took just three attempts from deep.

N.C. State’s Jada Boyd scored nine first-quarter points, but she picked up her second foul a minute into the second quarter. IU took advantage with her on the bench, and a Mackenzie Holmes bucket with 17 seconds to go in the first half gave Indiana a 34-33 edge at halftime.

The second half was an Ali Patberg show, as the Indiana offense usually goes as she goes. With Indiana’s ability to force turnovers, the transition offense was working and Patberg led the way. She had 10 points in the second half — seven of which came in the third.

Holmes fouled out with about 3:30 to go in the game, which opened up a later surge for N.C. State. Indiana got a pair of clutch free throws from Nicole Cardano-Hillary, and ultimately Indiana got the stop it needed.

IU advances to face the winner of 2-seed Texas A&M and 3-seed Arizona.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS IU LADIES T. MOREN AND STAFF IU and DEFENSE and Offense execution…IU Ladies committed the fouls they were called for…however North Carolina State weren’t called for all the fouls they committed (3 or 4 or 5) ….IU Ladies got a little tight down the stretch that could have been prevented if made more ft’s….(not uncommon in these kinds of games). IU Ladies, T. Moren and staff demonstrate how to make a tournament run.
    Maybe, IU should have kept A.M. as men’s coach and gave $10,000,000 to IU Ladies basketball program.

  2. HolyHallalooHooHooHoosiers!
    Tremendous peak-effort, led by Alipat and Card-Hill with help from Berger and really ALL the others
    who appeared, creating 17 turnovers while we had just 9, and great interior team D. (The D minutes from Brown mattered, too!)

    Looked bad at start missing our first 7 shots. Looked bad late, when taking outside shots
    early in clock without ever probing inside first, when we had the double digit lead.
    But all is forgiven when prep and supreme effort carry you through.
    We have joined Maryland in repping the B1G. Iowa – Uconn, as should have been expected, did not come down to heroics by either Clark or Bueckers as overall size-talent of Uconn just too much.
    Michigan did a fantastic job of hanging in just to get to overtime, given the superior size-strenth-length of Baylor. Amazing how they were one bad turnover from a position to win.

    Uconn-Baylor will be a great watch. I am seeing Baylor as the most physically dominating team of all, but still see Maryland as the “Best Team.”

    Today cemented this as the greatest season in IU WBB history. Let’s “join” our ladies in ‘enjoying for
    their 24 hours,’ before looking ahead.

  3. While it is a great thing that our girls have accomplished this amazing feat, it is just so sad that most of us fans could not attend these games to root for this remarkable team! I said before the season started that this was a team that could be the best in school history and that has come to fruition! Our ladies have proven that they are worthy of everything they have accomplished. It is a pure pleasure to watch this team play because they play like a true team, no individual stars, no big all-Americans but, a TRUE team as basketball is meant to be played. Strong defense, unselfish offense with no dominate players. Just a REAL team! What an incredible adventure this team has been on all year long. Hopefully this trip will continue? Go Hoosiers!!

    1. The IU Women are terrific, gritty, talented, prepared, committed, unselfish, skilled, united! What a joy to watch and cheer for. Terri Moren and staff are great coaches! Go Hoosiers!

  4. A huge thank-you to this group of women for providing the Hoosier Nation with something special to celebrate. Yesterday’s performance was inspiring and a joy to behold. Congrats and best of luck in the games to come.

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