March 7, 2013
Site: Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Sears Centre Arena)
Event: Big Ten Basketball Tournament (First Round)
Score: Michigan 67, Indiana 40
Records: U-M (21-9), IU (11-19)
Next U-M Game: Friday, March 8 -- vs. Michigan State (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), 8:30 p.m. CST
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament with a 67-40 victory over Indiana on Thursday evening (March 7) at Sears Centre Arena. The Wolverines, who tallied the game's first 12 points, had two players score in double figures, and all nine players that saw game action scored four or more points.
Sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle HS) led the Wolverines with a career-best 14 points, bettering her previous career high of nine points against Boston University (Nov. 24, 2012) and Niagara (Dec. 29, 2012). She set a career best with five assists and matched her career high with 10 rebounds. Elmblad shot 7-of-10 from the field.
Senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community HS) scored eight points, grabbed 13 rebounds and registered six assists. Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet HS) joined Elmblad in double figures with 12 points in the contest. Sheffer scored a pair of three-pointers 71 seconds apart that helped push the lead to more than 20 points in the second half.
U-M raced out to a 12-0 lead through the first five minutes, with Elmblad and Jordan scoring six and four points, respectively. Elmblad led the offense with eight points in the opening 20 minutes. Jordan tallied 10 rebounds and four assists to go along with her four points. The Wolverines held a 10-point advantage at half, 31-21.
Michigan came out of the locker room and increased its lead to 21 points behind a 16-5 run through the first 6:23. Senior Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata HS) knocked down a pair of three-pointers, and Elmblad and Sheffer (two three-pointers) each added six points during the stretch.
U-M battles in-state rival Michigan State tomorrow evening (Friday, March 8) at 8:30 p.m. CST. This will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams, with each team claiming victory on their home floor. The Spartans won 61-46 in East Lansing on Feb. 4, and the Wolverines earned a 70-69 win in Ann Arbor on Feb. 16.
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