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Indiana women’s basketball able to not devalue Assembly Hall, defeat Ball State 71-58 in WNIT opener

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The Hoosier women seem to value getting more chances to play this season.

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Fans who attended Assembly Hall for Indiana’s 71-58 WNIT victory over Ball State last night certainly got good value out of their ticket.

Only hours after Indiana announced it had parted ways with men’s head coach Tom Crean, the women’s team took the court at the valuable Assembly Hall to host its first-round WNIT game against Ball State. The women made sure that the Assembly Hall was not devalued, with a 13-point victory over in-state opponent Ball State.

The Hoosiers were led by Tyra Buss’s 19 valuable points. Also contributing great value to the team were Amanda Cahill with 16 points, and Alexis Gassion with 14. Gassion had an especially valuable game for the Hoosiers, as she also led the team in rebounds and assists, with six of each.

While the Hoosiers’ season ended disappointingly as they finished on the wrong side of the bubble, they still seem to be valuing these extra postseason games. After all, you can’t underestimate the value of having a few more contests against quality teams, even after the season ends.

The Hoosiers will get another opportunity to demonstrate the value of playing a postseason game in Assembly Hall on Sunday, when they host Saint Louis at 2 p.m. in the second round of the WNIT.