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.
— Indiana Women’s Basketball (@IndianaWBB) March 8, 2019
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