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The Indiana women’s basketball team defeated Texas 69-65 in a NCAA Tournament first round matchup in Eugene, Oregon on Friday night.
Jaelynn Penn was the difference maker throughout for Indiana. Her eight points in the game’s first five minutes gave the Hoosiers early separation, and the sophomore guard’s three-pointer with less than two minutes remaining gave IU a four point lead that they would not relinquish.
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The teams took turns controlling quarters in this one. The Hoosiers got off to a strong start and at one point led by eight in the first quarter. By halftime the Longhorns were up by eight as they dominated the offensive glass and used their size advantage to score in the paint.
Indiana responded quickly out of the halftime locker rooms. The Hoosiers took a 41-40 lead on a Brenna Wise 3-pointer less than four minutes into the second half. IU extended that lead out to seven before another Texas rally gave the Longhorns a three point lead with 6:08 remaining.
The Hoosiers clamped down from there, outscoring Texas 13-6 the rest of the way, with Penn’s big shot highlighting the closing run.
Penn finished with 24 points. Oregon native Bendu Yeaney added 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Ali Patberg and Wise also reached double figures with 10 points apiece. Patberg added 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Hoosiers (21-12) will face the winner of Oregon and Portland State on Sunday.
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