Jan. 24, 2013
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
Score: #23 Michigan 61, Indiana 43
Records: U-M (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten), IU (10-9, 1-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 27 -- vs. Iowa (Crisler Center), 2 p.m. [ Tickets ]
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan women's basketball team used double-figure scoring games from a quartet of Wolverines, led by senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) with 19 points, to knock off Indiana, 61-43, on Thursday night (Jan. 24) at Assembly Hall.
Senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) recorded her second double-double of the season, scoring 10 points to go with 11 rebounds. Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) went for 13 points, and senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) chipped in 10 points. Michigan shot 42.6 percent (20-for-47) for the game, including a 38.9-percent clip (7-for-18) from behind the three-point line. The teams tied on the boards with 38 rebounds each.
After going back and forth with Indiana in the early going, a deep Ryan three to beat the shot clock was followed by a trey from senior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) to put the Wolverines on top by nine, 23-14, with 6:59 to go in the half and force an Indiana timeout.
Michigan maintained at least a seven-point lead the rest of the half, taking a 13-point lead (37-24) into the break when Arnold hit an 18-footer with five seconds left. Sheffer led the way for the Wolverines in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 12 points. Thompson added 10 points as Michigan shot 37.0 percent (10-for-27) from the floor in the frame. U-M was better from behind the arc, shooting 46.2 percent (6-for-13) and making 11-of-12 free throws to grab the double-digit lead.
The Wolverines opened the second half on a 6-0 run, getting back-to-back lay-ups from Sheffer and sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle), followed by a pair of free throws from Ryan to extend the lead to 19 points (43-24) with 18:55 to go.
U-M's lead stretched to 24 points (52-28) off an Arnold layup with 11:07 to go in the game. Indiana answered with a 10-0 run of its own to cut the gap to 14 points with 9:45 remaining off a Bell three-pointer. Jordan ended the IU spurt with a driving lay-in off the glass at the 8:19 mark but missed the free throw to complete the three-point play.
Indiana continued to chip away at the lead, getting within 13 points with 4:32 to go, but neither team scored again until Jordan beat the shot clock with a layup with 57 seconds to go. Thompson added another three-pointer with 15 seconds left, as U-M held IU scoreless the rest of the way en route to the 18-point win.
Michigan will return home to Crisler Center for its next game, hosting Iowa on Sunday (Jan. 27) at 2 p.m. [ Tickets ]
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