March Madness means Déjà vu for Indiana as the one-seed women’s team FALLS to nine-seed Miami 70-68… just 24 hours after the Hoosiers men’s team met the same fate as the Hurricanes
Indiana University basketball has had a 24-hour window to quickly forget as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were knocked out of March Madness on consecutive days by the same opponent: the Miami Hurricanes.
On Sunday night, the fourth-seeded men’s Indiana Hoosiers fell to fifth-seeded Miami 85-69 to be eliminated in the Round of 32.
On Monday, the No. 1 overall seed Indiana women’s team was shocked by ninth seed Miami at IU’s campus in Bloomington, Indiana by a score of 70-68.
All it took was Destiny Harden’s jumper out of the paint to roll off the edge with 3.3 seconds left for the Canes to secure the oversteer.
Following Stanford’s loss to eighth-seeded Ole Miss on Sunday, it marks the first time since 1998 that two No. 1 seeds have lost in the same women’s tournament to the Sweet 16. Miami (21-12) will face the ranked fourth-seeded Villanova in the Greenville 2 Regional Semifinal.
It’s déjà vu for Indiana as the men’s and women’s teams fell to Miami in a 24-hour span
Destiny Harden’s jump shot with 3.3 seconds left sealed the deal for Miami and their win
‘The U’ joins UConn, UCLA and Tennessee as the only teams to have both their men’s and women’s teams in the regional semifinals of the 2023 NCAA Tournament
The Indiana women’s team (28-4) never led on Monday, falling behind by 14 in the first half before snagging back. Hoosiers star Mackenzie Holmes tied the score at 60-60 with 3:05 to play, but Miami answered with five quick runs. Indiana’s Grace Berger then made two free throws and Yarden Garzon knocked over a 3-pointer to make it 65 with 49 seconds remaining.
Harden and Haley Cavinder combined to go 3 of 6 from the foul line to Miami in the last minute, leaving the door open for Indiana. Garzon rattled in an open trey from the left corner to tie the game again at 68 with 6.6 seconds remaining. But Harden countered, receiving an inbound pass and working his way one-on-one to get a close shot for the game winner.
Harden credited associate head coach Fitzroy Anthony for calling her number.
“I have to give him all my credit,” Harden said on the ESPN broadcast. “He believed in me, the whole coaching staff believed in me, the whole team believed in me, man. It just feels right to make the shot[and]send Miami to the Sweet 16 for the first time, man.”
Harden finished with 18 points and five rebounds and Lola Pendande had a team-high 19 points plus seven rebounds for the Hurricanes. Jasmyne Roberts scored 16 points.
Holmes posted game highs of 22 points and nine boards to lead Indiana. Berger scored 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Garzon scored 10 points.