Texas guard Sug Sutton is the team leader in scoring and assists as team prepares for NCAA tournament game against Indiana. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Women's Basketball

NCAA Women’s Tournament preview: Texas vs. Indiana

Posted March 21st, 2019


NCAA Tournament, first round: (7) Texas vs. (10) Indiana

6 p.m. Friday, Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore., ESPN2, 105.3

Records: Texas 23-9, Indiana 20-12

The series: Texas leads 1-0. The Longhorns beat the Hoosiers 86-79 in the Nebraska Invitational in 1982.


Texas’ starting lineup

Joyner Holmes (F, 6-3, Jr.) — 11.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Jatarie White (C, 6-4, Sr.) — 10.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Destiny Littleton (G, 5-9, So.) — 8.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Sug Sutton (G, 5-8, Jr.) — 12.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Danni Williams (G, 5-10, Grad) — 11.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg

About the Longhorns: Sutton, who has played in 100 career games for the Longhorns, has started all 32 games this year. She leads Texas in scoring and assists per game (5.4). She shoots 47.8 percent from the field and is averaging 32 minutes per game. … This is Texas’ 32nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, fourth-most in NCAA history. Texas is 42-30 in NCAA play, including a 10-5 mark under head coach Karen Aston.  Texas has won at least two NCAA games four straight seasons. … The Texas-Indiana winner will advance to play the winner of Friday’s other first-round matchup (Oregon-Portland State, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2) on Sunday. Tipoff for that second-round game won’t be decided until after Friday night’s games. … The Longhorns should have a rebounding edge. They rank fourth in the country in rebounding margin, averaging 10.4 more boards a game than their opponents. Indiana, meanwhile, ranks 119th, averaging 2.3 more boards.

Indiana’s starting lineup

Brenna Wise (F, 6-0, Jr.) — 12.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Kym Royster (F, 6-2, Sr.) — 6.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg

Ali Patberg (G, 5-11, Jr.) — 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Bendu Yeaney (G, 5-10, So.) — 9.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg

Jaelyn Penn (G, 5-10, So.) — 13.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg

About the Hoosiers: Patberg — Indiana’s best player — is a Notre Dame transfer in her first season with the Hoosiers. She scored 25 points (including a 3-for-4 mark from the 3-point line) in the Hoosiers’ last game, a 70-61 loss to Iowa in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. It was Patberg’s 10th game this season with at least 20 points and the 23rd time she’s scored in double figures. … Wise ranks eighth in the country in free throw shooting, with a 91.3 percent average. … This is Indiana’s sixth NCAA appearance and second under head coach Teri Moran. The Hoosiers also made the tournament in 1983, 1994, 1995 and 2002. They’re 2-5 all-time in the NCAAs. … Indiana is one of six Big Ten teams in the field, joining Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan and Michigan State.

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