BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women's basketball team outlasted Minnesota in an overtime thriller in Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon, 83-78. The game saw 18 lead changes throughout the afternoon as IU's freshmen combined to score 74 points in the victory.
The Hoosiers were led by the freshman duo of Larryn Brooks and Taylor Agler who scored 25 points and 20 points, respectively. Brooks finished with a double-double as she dished for a career-best 10 assists.
Both teams battled back and forth in the first half. IU (15-3, 2-3) trailed 24-21 when Agler nailed a jumper before a Lyndsay Leikem 3-pointer put the Hoosiers ahead by two. Minnesota (12-7, 1-4) tied it on its next possession, but Brooks answered with a trey. Brooks then found Agler open for a layup at the 4:14 mark to cap a 10-2 Hoosier run to tie IU's largest lead of the half, 31-26.
Minnesota fired back with a 13-3 run over the next 3:50 to lead 39-34 with 24 seconds left in the half. The Hoosiers held for the final shot and Brooks capitalized on it, nailing a 3-pointer from the top of the key as the horn sounded to make it a 39-37 Gopher lead heading into the break.
In the second half, a Jenn Anderson layup and Karlee McBride 3-pointer pushed Indiana ahead, 44-43, with 15:33 to go. Those buckets started a 16-2 Hoosier run, which was capped by a pair of Brooks free throws to give IU a 55-45 cushion with 11:47 remaining.
The Hoosier later pushed their lead back up to 10 points, 63-53, thanks to an Agler 3-point field goal at the 5:48 mark.
The Gophers began to chip away at the IU lead, scoring five quick points in 23 seconds to make it a 63-58 score. Indiana responded with back-to-back buckets to extend the lead back to nine, 67-58.
Minnesota worked its way back to take a 69-68 lead on a Amanda Zahui layup with 1:12 play, giving the Gophers their first lead since the 18:21 mark of the second half.
IU's next offensive possession resulted in a Brooks running layup to put the Hoosiers back on top by one point. Minnesota's Rachel Banham was fouled on the ensuing possession and hit 1-of-2 free throws to force overtime as regulation ended with a 70-70 tie.
In overtime, the first 90 seconds saw Indiana hit two free throws and Minnesota hit four from the charity stripe and the Gophers led 74-72. Agler stepped up again with a 3-point bomb at the 3:14 mark to push IU ahead 75-74.
Another lead change took place when Zahui scored in the paint with 3:00 to go to put Minnesota in front, 76-75. Indiana's Alexis Gassion tied it with a free throw before IU's defense forced a rushed Gopher shot as the shot clock expired and later a turnover to get the ball back with just over a minute to play the score reading 76-76.
Brooks' number was called and she connected from beyond the arc with under a minute left to push IU in front, 79-76. Minnesota's Banham then hit a pair of free throws to trim Indiana's lead to one with 40 seconds to go.
On IU's next possession, Agler earned a trip to the line and sunk two clutch free throws to extend the Hoosier advantage back to three, 81-78, with 12 seconds remaining.
After a Minnesota timeout, Banham's 3-point attempt missed, the ball landed out of bounds off a Gopher player and IU would close the game on a pair of free throws from Brooks.
To go along with her career high scoring output, Agler added seven boards with two assists while shooting 7-of-14 from the field and nailing a career high four 3-point field goals. Leikem tallied a career best 10 points as Gassion added eight points and skied for six boards.
The Hoosiers connected on 12-of-29 (41.4 percent) 3-point field goals, tying for the second-most 3-point field goals made in a single game in program history. IU outrebounded Minnesota 48-37, including a plus-13 margin on the offensive glass, 20-7.
Indiana will hit the road for its next two games, the first being at Penn State on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. ET.