Indiana Women Defeat Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament and Likely Seal NCAA Bid

If the IU women’s basketball team was nervous about their likely win-and-you-are-in the NCAA Tournament scenario, they didn’t show it.

The Hoosiers (20-11) came out blazing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis and never looked back against Minnesota.

In a game that was widely viewed as the final piece of IU’s NCAA resume, Indiana defeated the Gophers 66-58 on Thursday night and will face Iowa in the quarterfinals on Friday at 6:30 p.m. eastern.

The Hoosiers started the game hot from the field and jumped out to a 20-10 first quarter lead.  By halftime Ali Patberg and Brenna Wise had combined for 28 points as the Hoosiers led 42-28 at the break.

Indiana shot 59% from the field in the first half while holding Minnesota to 30%.

While Minnesota made a few threats, the Hoosiers had the answers and were able to keep things to a comfortable margin and advance to Friday.

Patberg finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.  Wise had 19 points, and Jaelynn Penn added 11.

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