MARCH MADNESS LIVE: Indiana women's basketball vs. UConn at NCAA tournament Sweet 16

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The No. 3-seeded Indiana women's basketball team is set to face No. 2-seed Connecticut in the Bridgeport regional in the Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA women's tournament.

The Hoosiers (24-8) have had a good run in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. After coasting against Charlotte, 85-51, in the first round, they had a scare playing Princeton, but came through with the 56-55 win in the second round.

Connecticut (27-5) is playing close to home and looking to keep its season going. They knocked off Mercer 83-38 in the first round. UCF gave UConn a challenge in the second round, with the game being decided in the last minute, but the Huskies coming out on top, 52-47.

The two teams will meet at 2 p.m., directly following the N.C. State, Notre Dame game.

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Connecticut forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa (20) puts up a shot against Indiana guard Chloe Moore-McNeil (22), forward Kiandra Browne (23) and guard Nicole Cardano-Hillary (4) during the first quarter of a college basketball game in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA women's tournament, Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Connecticut forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa (20) puts up a shot against Indiana guard Chloe Moore-McNeil (22), forward Kiandra Browne (23) and guard Nicole Cardano-Hillary (4) during the first quarter of a college basketball game in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA women's tournament, Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

End of game: Indiana 58, Connecticut 75

4:37 4th Q: Indiana 50, Connecticut 63

Both teams have struggled to score in the fourth quarter, but Indiana has to get some defensive stops if they want to close the gap.

End of 3rd Q: Indiana 46, Connecticut 59

Indiana settled down after the timeout, but will face a challenge digging out of the deficit. Connecticut continues to capitalize on Indiana turnovers.

4:54 3rd Q: Indiana 37, Connecticut 55

Indiana has gone cold and UConn is hot, scoring at will inside. The Huskies blew open the game in the third quarter, with the Hoosiers failing to score until the 5:56 mark. UConn has 12 offensive rebounds in the game, Indiana has 16 total rebounds.

7:39 3rd Q: Indiana 33, Connecticut 46

Second chance points continue to favor the Huskies. The Hoosier had 14 points in the paint in the first quarter, they've had two since. Connecticut started off the second half on a 9-0 run.

Halftime: Indiana 33, Connecticut 37

UConn had six offensive rebounds in the first half, giving the Huskies second chance points. Aleksa Gulbe hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left off an inbound pass. After review, officials determined the shot will count.

4:02 2nd Q: Indiana 26, Connecticut 35

Ali Patberg contributes 12 in the first half to pace the Hoosiers and all of Indiana's points in the quarter. Paige Bueckers picked up a second foul in the short break between the IU timeout and the media timeout. Only Hoosier with two is Nicole Cardaño-Hillary.

End of first quarter: Indiana 18, Connecticut 21

UConn guard Paige Bueckers on the bench after appearing to tweak her knee, but the Huskies don't miss a beat.

4:07 First quarter: Indiana 10, UConn 8

Game day has arrived

Heading out to Connecticut

Practice Day

UConn press conference and practice

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Indiana press conference and practice

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Moren on UConn: "We have a tremendous amount of respect for Geno and Chris and his staff and his players. They've been the bar in women's basketball for some time. If you're not having to compete against them, you really enjoy watching them play because they play what I think is pretty basketball. Everybody likes to watch pretty basketball with their cutting and their ability to pass it and so forth. They have terrific players."

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Moren on IU's bench (particularly Chloe Moore-McNeil and Kiandra Browne): "I think any team that's going to make a deep run in the tournament has to have some depth. With Chloe -- KB has been a little beat up, but Chloe has given us some really great minutes. We've had to play differently when Mac was out so we've played big ball, we've played small ball. So it's nice to have the luxury of pieces that can come off your bench and help you."

Ali Patberg: "The experience we have, I think, is so important because great teams are going to make great runs. And I think it's how we react, it's how we sustain, it's how we punch back, it's how we fight back, and continue to stay locked in on our game plan. When they're in the midst of a run, do we stay disciplined in our game plan? Because it's easy to start doing our own thing, deciding different offensive plays or defensive executions. The experience (helps) in knowing that they are going to make runs, but we just have to sustain it and have our runs."

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Indiana played some '80s music during the beginning of practice, including "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor, "Your Love" by The Outfield, and "Jack & Diane" by John Mellencamp.

Gulbe on whether they agree with Auriemma that IU doesn't get the national respect it deserves: "I think the team that we are, the work that we've put in, we just -- people, I guess, don't see us enough, don't see us as good enough for being on this stage that we are right now. I don't know, but it's okay. It fuels us and motivates us to take that next step, to get to that next level, to think about what we achieved last year and what we didn't achieve last year, and we're still kind of like, 'Where's Indiana? I just think it's okay. So be it. It just fuels us."

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