Indiana Falls in NCAA Tournament Second Round To Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. – 2 seed Oregon hit 13 3-pointers as 10 seed Indiana fell in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on Sunday night, 91-68 at Matthew Knight Arena.
- Indiana and Oregon exchanged early buckets to open the first quarter. The Ducks would use a 10-0 run to take the lead. The Hoosiers would stick around by tallying a 6-0 run of their own to pull within two. Oregon was able to push their lead back out to eight by going on a 6-0 run with the clock winding down. IU received the last shot as Jaelynn Penn pulled up for a made 3-pointer to end the quarter and shorten the deficit to 24-19.
- In a game of runs, Indiana went on a 9-0 run in the first two minutes and 46 second of the second quarter. UO would counter with a 19-3 run to regain the lead, 43-31, going into halftime. Despite the scoring deficit, the Hoosiers saw points from seven different players as Penn knocked down eight to lead all Indiana scorers in the first half.
- Leading off the third quarter, sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney knocked down a pair of jumpers for Indiana’s first two shots of the quarter. Despite the Hoosiers gaining momentum, back-to-back 3-pointers from Oregon gave them their largest lead of the night, 49-33. Indiana was able to cut the lead as little as 10 with a conventional 3-point play from senior forward Kym Royster and a jumper from Berger with 4:19 to play in the third.
- Back-to-back buckets to open the fourth quarter from Penn and Berger made cut it to 11 but momentum would favor Oregon, who opened up a lead IU couldn’t come back from with just under five minutes to play.
- The Hoosiers end the season 21-13 overall, marking the ninth time Indiana has finished with 20 or more wins in a season. It wrapped up IU’s sixth NCAA Tournament bid and the second under head coach Teri Moren.
- Four Hoosiers saw double figures, behind a team-high 16 points from redshirt junior Ali Patberg who also dished out five assists. She ends her first season in Cream and Crimson with 25 games in double figures.
- Sophomore guard Jaelynn Penn added 15 points for Indiana while also adding a team-high six rebounds and picked up two steals.
- Freshman guard Grace Berger (11 points) and sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney (10 points) each ended their nights in double figures.
- Redshirt junior forward Brenna Wise tied Penn on the glass with six rebounds.
- Senior forward Kym Royster closed out her career as the all-time winningest player in school history with 88 victories. The Newark, Ohio native went 3-for-3 from the field and had eight points. In all, she scored 876 points and made 77 career starts while making four postseasons in her career.
- The Ducks were paced by junior guard Sabrina Ionescu who tallied a triple double (29 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds). They shot 51.5 percent from the floor and mad 13 3-pointers.