Indiana women top Marquette in WNIT, 72-69

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Indiana earned a spot in the round of 16 in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) with a 72-69 win over Marquette on Saturday night in Assembly Hall. Freshman Larryn Brooks led the way for the Hoosiers as she scored 33 points in the win, including 20 in the first half.

The win gave Indiana its 20th victory of the season, marking just the sixth time in program history an IU team has won 20 or more games in a single season and the first since 2008-09. The school record for wins in 21 (four times).

Freshman Alexis Gassion tallied 11 points in the game as senior Simone Deloach added 10 points for the Hoosiers.

Indiana (20-12) charged out of the gates blazing, starting the game with a 12-0 run in the first 3:45. A Deloach jumper and Brooks 3-point field goal made it a 17-2 Indiana lead with 13:42 on the clock.

The trey by Brooks started a stretch where she scored 11-straight points for Indiana and 13 of the next 15 IU points to build a 29-12 advantage. Karlee McBride then came off the bench and scored five quick points to push the Indiana lead to 34-12 with just over eight minutes to play in the half.

The Hoosiers would hold that momentum to take a 41-26 lead into the locker room.

Marquette shrunk the IU lead to 11, 50-39, before Indiana scored six-straight points to make it a 17-point cushion with 10:53 remaining.

Indiana continued to maintain its double-digit lead until the Golden Eagle starting hitting shots and outscored Indiana 22-8 over a stretch of 7:37 stretch to make it a slim 64-61 Hoosier lead with just over three minutes to play.

Freshman Taylor Agler then stepped up to hit a 3-pointer from the left corner at the 2:08 mark to stretch the IU lead back to six, 67-61. Marquette then countered with a trey from Katie Young on the next possession.

Brooks then threw a haymaker back with her fourth 3-pointer of the day to make it a 70-64 Indiana lead with 52 seconds to play. Young nailed a contested 3-point field goal for MU and she then took an IU turnover coast-to-coast for a layup to cut the lead to one, 70-69, with 10 seconds on the clock.

The Hoosiers attempted to inbound the ball and tipped it out of bounds to give Marquette possession under its own basket with nine seconds remaining. The Golden Eagles perfected an inbound play, but the field goal attempt by Brooklyn Pumroy banked off the rim and Gassion skied for the rebound and was fouled.

Gassion nailed both free throws to seal the win for Indiana.

With her 33 points, Brooks now owns the top two scoring games for an IU freshman ever in a single game (37 vs. Virginia Tech, 12/4/13). She hit a career high 12-of-19 field goals, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. She is the only freshman in school history to have two games of 30 or more points.

Gassion scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and added four assists, four boards, one block and one steal. Deloach led IU with seven rebounds as McBride scored nine points off the bench with a pair of steals.

IU shot 50.0 percent from the field for the game, marking the sixth time this year that IU has shot 50 percent or better in a game.

The Hoosiers await the winner of IUPUI vs. Northwestern who play on Sunday in Evanston at 3 p.m. ET. The third round game time and date will be announced at the conclusion of that game.