March 31, 2018
Not making the NCAA Tournament was a bitter disappointment for the Indiana women’s basketball senior duo of Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill, but the Hoosiers turned that disappointment into triumph.
Hosting Virginia Tech in front of a record women’s crowd of 13,007 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, IU picked up its sixth win in 16 days to claim the WNIT championship with a 65-57 win over the Hokies.
Buss, the program’s all-time leader in scoring, steals and assists led the way with 16 points, freshman Bendu Yeaney had 14 points, Cahill added 12 and freshman Jaelynn Penn had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to lift Indiana.
The Hoosiers led by four after one quarter and nine at halftime, but Virginia Tech made a run in the third quarter to take a one-point lead into the fourth and final period. Yeaney got things started with seven straight points, Cahill hit a 3 and Buss drove in for a layup to put Indiana back up nine, 57-48, with 3:46 left to win the program’s first championship since claiming the Big Ten Tournament title in 2002.
Buss dribbled out the clock on Indiana’s 23rd win of the year, tying the school record, a mark which was finally broken this past season.
By Jeremy Price