Red-Hot Hicks Helps U-M Pull Away from Hoosiers

Jan. 24, 2010


• Audio Quotes: Coach Kevin Borseth | Veronica Hicks | Carmen Reynolds
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 70, Indiana 56
Records: U-M (11-8, 3-6 Big Ten), Indiana (11-9, 4-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 28 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 7 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- Junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) scored a career-high 24 points to lead the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 70-56 victory over Indiana on Sunday (Jan. 24) at Crisler Arena. U-M outscored the Hoosiers 48-29 in the second half to pick up its third Big Ten win of the campaign.

Sophomore forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) scored 16 points and freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) added 15 for the Wolverines, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Michigan had not won since beating Iowa, 63-46, on Jan. 7.

Both teams struggled early on as Indiana emerged from a sluggish first half with a 27-22 lead, thanks largely to turnovers. The Hoosiers scored eight points off 15 Wolverine miscues.

But after shooting 10-for-29 from the floor and going through long scoring droughts in the first half, Michigan came alive in the second.

Following an Indiana layup that made the score 29-22 at the start of the second half, Reynolds made a three-pointer that ignited a 17-2 run over the next five minutes, giving the Wolverines a 39-31 lead.

Indiana made three free throws, cutting Michigan's lead to 39-34, but Hicks responded with a three-pointer from the right corner, and Reynolds made two free throws, sparking a 15-6 run that gave Michigan a 54-40 lead with 6:15 left in the game.

In addition to heating up on offense, Michigan also increased its efficiency and hustle. The Wolverines committed just six turnovers in the second half and started forcing steals, saving loose balls and fighting for rebounds.

Freshman guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) had 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks, and Hicks and Reynolds each had nine rebounds, helping the Wolverines to a 46-29 rebounding edge.

Indiana drew within 11 points, 56-45, late in the second half, but Michigan went on yet another scoring run.

Hicks made her third three-pointer of the half, Hollins made two free throws and a jumper, and freshman forward Nya Jordan (Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community) made a free throw, capping an 8-0 run for Michigan that gave the Wolverines a 64-45 lead with 3:21 left.

Michigan travels to Champaign, Ill., on Thursday (Jan. 28) for a 7 p.m. (CST) game at Illinois before returning home Sunday (Jan. 31) for a 1 p.m. "Pack the House" game against Penn State at Crisler Arena.

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