Jan. 14, 2010
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
Score: Indiana 62, Michigan 60
Records: Michigan (10-7, 2-5 Big Ten), Indiana (10-7, 3-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 21 -- vs. Ohio State (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Senior center Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) had a chance at the game-tying layup as time expired, but the ball rolled just out of the cylinder as the University of Michigan women's basketball team dropped a 62-60 road decision at Indiana on Thursday night (Jan. 14) at Assembly Hall.
Sophomore Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) posted her second career 20-point effort with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Phillips added a team-best seven rebounds, while freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) added five boards.
Michigan, which once trailed by 11 points in the first half, took its first lead of the game on a jumper from sophomore guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) at the 5:32 mark of the second half, and from that point it was a back-and-forth affair.
Trailing at the halftime break for the second consecutive game, Michigan cut the lead to four points at 44-40 with less than five minutes off the second-half clock. However, creating stops on the other end of the floor was a little more difficult as Indiana ran its lead to 52-43 behind an 8-3 run, started by two quick jumpers from Hope Elam, who had a game-high 24 points on the night.
U-M picked up its defense and a three-pointer from Reynolds, coupled with a clutch jumper from the top of the key from freshman forward Nya Jordan ( Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community), helped cut Indiana's lead to 54-53 at the 7:39 mark.
Indiana opened the game with an 11-6 advantage before several Michigan buckets quickly got the score to 15-11. Freshman guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) had four points for U-M early.
After being fouled on the three-point shot, junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) knocked down all three shots and cut the deficit to three points, but Indiana hit the next two buckets, including a three-pointer from Jamie Braun, and took a 22-14 lead, its largest of the game at that point. IU took a 39-34 lead into halftime.
The Hoosiers shot well from long range, shooting .455 (3-of-11) from behind the arch in the first half, but Michigan forced several turnovers and got a once 11-point deficit all the way down to five by taking advantage at the foul line, going 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the first half.
Bench play was crucial for the Wolverines, especially the play of Jordan. In 10 minutes off the bench, she tallied four points and two rebounds and was a crucial defensive presence for Michigan.
Michigan will take a week off before welcoming Big Ten rival Ohio State to Crisler Arena on Thursday (Jan. 21). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and fans can follow the action live on www.bigtennetwork.com. Fans can also hear all the action with women's basketball radio crew, Matt Park and Nick Brandon, on WTKA AM 1050 in Ann Arbor.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423