Wolverines Open Big Ten Play with Victory over Indiana
Sam Arnold

Jan. 3, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 65, Indiana 48
Records: U-M (12-2, 1-0 Big Ten), IU (9-5, 0-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 6 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), Noon CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Three Wolverines scored in double figures as the University of Michigan women's basketball team opened the Big Ten schedule with a 65-48 win over Indiana on Thursday night (Jan. 3) inside Crisler Center. U-M used a 15-2 run that spanned the end of the first and beginning of the second halves to claim its seventh straight victory.

Senior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) scored a career-high 17 points, going 7-of-9 from the field, and added two blocks. Senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) had her first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and adding 12 rebounds, six of them on the offensive end. Senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central), chasing U-M's first triple-double in school history, came up just short as she had 11 points, eight rebounds and a season-high nine assists. Ryan also had four steals. Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) and classmate Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) had nine and eight points, respectively, while sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) pulled down seven rebounds.

Michigan led 5-2 after a Thompson three at 17:32, but the Hoosiers responded with a 7-0 run over the next 5:22, capped by a Linda Rubene jumper to give IU a 9-5 advantage. The Wolverines broke the run with a pair of Ryan free throws and then tied the game at 11 on a Ryan jumper at 9:38. Four straight Simone Deloach points put IU ahead, but Arnold got hot, cutting the lead to 15-13 on a jumper and giving the Maize and Blue a 17-15 advantage on a three-pointer at 7:04. Her jumper at 5:04 put U-M on top 20-19, and Ryan's fast-break layup made it 22-19, forcing the Hoosiers to call timeout. Two straight field goals from Jordan put the Wolverines up 26-22. Michigan had its largest lead of the half at the end as three points from the charity stripe in the final 59 seconds put the Wolverines up seven (29-22) at the break.

Indiana got as close as five points in the first half before the back half of that 15-2 run put U-M up 37-24 off a Thompson three-pointer. A Jordan jumper made it a 14-point lead (40-26) for Michigan. Indiana trimmed the lead to seven (40-33) at 12:59, but a 16-4 run from the Maize and Blue put the game out of reach. Sheffer's layup at 9:17 made it 51-35 and a three by sophomore guard Brenae Harris (Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding) gave the Wolverines a 54-37 advantage with 7:52 left. Michigan built its biggest lead -- 20 (60-40) -- on a Ryan layup with 2:10 remaining.

The Maize and Blue outrebounded the Hoosiers, 36-27, on the night while limiting IU to 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from three-point range. The Wolverines had 23 points off 17 Indiana turnovers and forced six steals.

Michigan continues Big Ten play on the road, traveling to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes on Sunday (Jan. 6) at noon CST in Iowa City.

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