Tamar Bates is entering her first year with basketball in Indiana with a newfound goal, Motivation

Tamar Bates experienced eight days filled with five games in three cities.

But there was another destination—the most important one—that Bates had to get to before he could catch his breath.

The morning after Indiana’s season-ending loss to Saint Marys in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, Bates rode at 5 a.m. from Portland, Oregon, to Utah, and then back to Kansas City, Kansas.

And two days later, on March 20, Leilani Nicole Bates was born.

As soon as I saw her, Bates said. “It’s kind of like an inverted key.”

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