IU women’s basketball hosts Princeton Monday in NCAA round of 32 tilt

Indiana returns to its home court on Monday evening with the Sweet 16 on the line.

The No. 3 seed Hoosiers advanced to the round of 32 for the fourth time in school history with a first round win over Charlotte.

They’ll now meet No. 11 seed Princeton at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

No. 3 INDIANA (23-8) VS. No. 11 PRINCETON (25-4)

Monday, March 21, 2022 • 8 p.m. Eastern
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

Broadcast: ESPNU (Kevin Fitzgerald, Helen Williams)

The Ivy League champions got past No. 6 Kentucky, 69-62, on Saturday in Bloomington.

They are on an 18-game win streak heading into Monday’s game as they blew through the conference regular season and postseason tournament without a loss.

Senior guard Abby Meyer leads the way with 18.2 points per game as she scored a game-high 29 points against Kentucky. Junior guard Julia Cunningham adds 13.3 points and sophomore forward Ellie Mitchell leads on the glass with 10.2 boards per game.

“We know that we’re going to have our hands full with Princeton,” head coach Teri Moren said on Sunday.  “Well coached, great discipline, play hard, and so we’re going to have to do a lot of really, really good things.

Indiana and Princeton will play for the first time since a 1978 meeting in New Jersey.

Indiana defeated Charlotte, 85-51 on Saturday afternoon to advance.

Four players scored in double figures, led by 19 points from junior forward Mackenzie Holmes, and they shot 54.7 percent from the floor. Indiana also set a program-record for assists in a NCAA Tournament game with 23.

With the win on Saturday, Ali Patberg and Grace Berger became the program’s all-time winningest players with 89 victories.

The Hoosiers are making their eighth overall and third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. IU holds a 7-7 record all-time and are most recently coming off an Elite Eight appearance in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Monday’s winner advances to the Sweet Sixteen at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. on March 26 against the winner of No. 2 UConn and No. 7 UCF.

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