IU Women’s Hoops Await Tourney Bid

The IU women's basketball team failed to capture its first Big Ten title since 1983 this weekend. But the Hoosiers season isn't done just yet.

The IU women’s basketball team failed to capture its first Big Ten title since 1983 this weekend. But the Hoosiers season isn’t done just yet.

Senior Whitney Thomas knows her college playing days are coming to an end.

“Each minute that ticks down, there’s one less minute I get to play. Not just me. We have other seniors, [like] Amber and Kim as well, and Lydia. We’re definitely playing together and our underclassmen are doing a great job getting us to play a little longer.”

Those were Thomas’ comments after her team’s win against Michigan in the annual Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers were knocked out one day later by Purdue University.

Now, IU’s fate lies in the NCAA tournament selection committee’s hands. Will 19 wins, including regular-season upsets over Michigan State and Purdue be good enough for inclusion in the NCAA tournament? The Cream and Crimson will find out next Monday.

Senior Kim Roberson understands what is at stake for the seniors, whether it is the “Big Dance” or the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).

“There’s no tomorrow for the four of us. Our underclassmen stepped up and we led the way, and that’s how a team is,” said Roberson.

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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