Amanda Cahill scored a career-high 20 points Wednesday to lead the Indiana women’s basketball team over Penn State 68-63 in opening round action of the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament at the Sears Centre Arena.
The Hoosiers (15-15), seeded 12th in the event, will now face No. 5 Rutgers Thursday at approximately 3 p.m. ET.
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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Amanda Cahill scored a career-high 20 points to lead Indiana over Penn State in the opening round of the 2015 Big Ten Tournament, 68-63. IU led from start to finish for its first win in the conference tournament since 2009.
Cahill shot 6-of-9 from the field and was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. She also added four rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
Freshman Jess Walter hit five 3-pointers to finish with 15 points and sophomore Larryn Brooks added 13 points with six assists and a steal. Tyra Buss dished for a career-high eight assists to go along with 12 points and seven boards.
Indiana (15-15) used an early 8-0 run to take a 12-4 advantage with Cahill scoring seven of those points in the game’s first 4:13. After a PSU (6-24) field goal, Brooks scored IU’s next four points to build a 16-6 advantage.
The Hoosiers kept that 10-point advantage at 26-16 until Penn State scored seven straight to cut the IU lead to three. Karlee McBride then found an open Tyra Buss for a layup which ignited another Indiana run as IU outscored PSU 12-2 to build its biggest lead of the game with 1:18 remaining, 38-25.
Penn State would close the half on a 6-0 spurt in the final 1:06 as Indiana took a 38-31 lead into the locker room. Indiana shot 57.7 percent from the field in the first half and nailed 5-of-10 3-point field goals.
The Lady Lions would extend the run they started to end the opening stanza scoring the first four points of the second half to cut the lead to three before McBride nailed a trey to halt the PSU run.
Indiana would extend its lead to nine, 50-41, but PSU continued to hang around. The Lady Lions used a four-point possession hitting a layup while being fouled and then grabbing the offensive board from the missed free throw to score to cut into the Hoosier lead to trail 53-48.
After an Alexis Gassion jumper for Indiana, PSU again scored four points on a single possession to trail by just three with under five minutes to go.
Cahill’s third trey of the game would give Indiana a six-point advantage before four-quick Lady Lion points gave PSU more life to trail 60-58 with just over 1:30 to go.
The teams then traded layups before Cahill took the ball from the top of the key to drive the to nail a layup while being fouled with 33.3 seconds to play. She hit the free throw for the three-point play to push the Indiana lead to five, 65-60.
Penn State’s Lindsey Spann then ran the other way to lay it in while being fouled and nailed the free one to make it a one-possession game with 16 seconds remaining.
Cahill was fouled on the inbound. She stepped up to the line and nailed both free throws to make it a two-possession game with 15 seconds left.
PSU missed on their final possession of the game as the Hoosier hung on for the win.
The 12th-seeded Hoosiers will now take on fifth-seeded Rutgers on Thursday afternoon at approximately 3 p.m. ET inside the Sears Centre Arena.