Buzzer Beater Downs Dayton

WTIU's Dave Leno highlights the play that captured the IU women's basketball team's WNIT win over Dayton.

Sunday’s Assembly Hall crowd wouldn’t stop cheering well after the WNIT game was over.

With six-tenths of a second, Dayton’s Kendel Ross did the unthinkable. Her desperation three-pointer tied the game at 57. And just when you thought that was mind-blowing, IU responded four-tenths of a second later with a game winning tip-in at the buzzer.

“It is actually the way we designed it, but I thought it was too far up, but we didn’t have any other choice,” said IU head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. “And it takes a great passer and a great catcher to finish that off.”

IU forward Whitney Thomas said the pass was perfect. “My height against her’s, and Kim just threw it up perfectly so, I just jumped and I didn’t even see another player in front of me at all. All I saw was the ball and the basket.”

Senior Amber Jackson believes there are more thrilling victories to come.

“For Myself, the girls who are seniors and for the rest of the team, it’s our last go-around this season, so we are really trying to play as long as we can to pursue a championship and hang a banner up.”

On Thursday the Hoosiers will travel to Bowling Green for a WNIT third-round match-up.

Dave Leno

Dave Leno is a news anchor and sports reporter for WTIU. He mostly files reports on IU basketball and football. In addition, he is the play-by-play voice of IU volleyball, softball, men and women’s soccer and hosts the women’s basketball halftime show. Leno freelances for Action Indiana Sports Television, where he calls basketball games for Bloomington High School South. His broadcast history includes stints at IU Student Radio and 610 WIP in Philadelphia. Leno spent this past summer calling professional baseball games for the Camden Riversharks, an independent team based in Camden, NJ.

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