No. 4 Indiana Advances to Sweet 16 With Win Over No. 12 Belmont
SAN ANTONIO – No. 4 seeded Indiana Women’s Basketball used another big second half to get past No. 12 seed Belmont, 70-48, at Bill Greehey Arena on Wednesday. The program advances to the Sweet 16 for the first time in in the 64-team tournament format.
- The lead exchanged hands four times in the opening quarter as sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes started off the game going 3-for-4 from the field with eight points and helping IU go out on top 15-12.
- Indiana (20-5) dominated the second frame, outscoring Belmont 15-6. IU started on an 11-3 run to gain a 10-point lead and forced a Bruins timeout with five minutes left to play in the first half. Out of the huddle, the Hoosiers held Belmont to just two points for the remaining five minutes to take a 30-18 lead at the half.
- Coming out of the locker room, Indiana took advantage at the foul line, going 9-for-10 in the third quarter. Berger and senior guard Ali Patberg moved into double figures (11) after hitting a combined 5-of-6 from the line to keep a 10-point lead at the media timeout, 37-27. Off the break, the Hoosiers went on an 8-1 run and led by as many as 18 points in the third.
- Indiana kept the foot on the pedal in the fourth as they went on another 6-0 run to start the quarter. Gulbe got going offensively, as she got the offensive board and drew the foul with 6:54 left to play. She would lead the charge on the glass for Indiana, as she pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. Indiana would lead as many as 26 in victory over the Bruins (21-6).
- The victory over Belmont marked the 20th win of the season. This is the sixth consecutive season that the Hoosiers have reached 20 wins.
- For the first time in program history Indiana earned a spot in the Sweet 16 in the 64-team format. The Hoosiers previously made the semifinals in 1983 when the tournament field was comprised of 32 teams.
- Four players scored in double-figure scoring for Indiana against the Bruins. Berger led the way with 17 points and had six boards and came up with three steals.
- Patberg scored 13 points, had seven rebounds and one assist while Holmes added 13 points and senior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary added 10 points and five rebounds.
- Gulbe grabbed an Indiana NCAA Tournament record 15 rebounds. The record was previously set by Denise Jackson in 1983.
- Holmes added three blocks, which ranks second in the program’s NCAA Tournament records behind her five swats against VCU. She now has 10
- Indiana outrebounded the Bruins 42-34.
- The Hoosiers forced 12 turnovers which they converted into 14 points.
- The Hoosiers held Belmont to just 31.7 percent field goal shooting.
- IU improves to 6-1 all-time against Belmont.
Indiana will face No. 1 seed in the Mercado Region, NC State, on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET at the Alamodome. The game will air live on ESPN2.