EUGENE, Ore. — Jaelenn Penn scored 24 points and Indiana rallied for a 69-65 victory over Texas in an NCAA Tournament first-round game Friday at Matthew Knight arena.
In a tight game, Indiana took the lead for good on a bucket with Bendu Yeaney with 2:31 to play.
Texas had a chance when it trailed 67-65 with 30 seconds to go. But Sug Sutton apparently slipped while trying to catch a pass near the Longhorn bench. The ball went out of bounds and IU iced with a pair of free throws by Ali Patberg with 12 seconds to play.
Texas finished the season 23-10. Indiana is 21-12.
Danni Williams, playing her final game for Texas, led the Horns with 15 points.
Texas turned the game around with a sensational second quarter, led by Destiny Littleton, who scored 8 points in the first half.
The Longhorns, who trailed 23-17 after one quarter, outscored the Hoosiers 20-6 in the second quarter to take a 37-29 lead at halftime. Joyner Holmes established herself early, contributing 8 points and 8 rebounds by halftime.
As for defense, Texas held a 30-13 edge on the boards in the first half. The Horns finished with a 46-25 edge.
IU came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Horns 14-3 in the first five minutes of the period.
Texas made its 32nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which ranks fourth-most of any program in NCAA history. Texas is 42-31 in NCAA Tournament play, including a 10-6 mark under head coach Karen Aston.
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