Hoosiers Top Michigan, 62-60
Jan. 14, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team held on in the closing minutes for a 62-60 win over Michigan in Assembly Hall on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Junior Hope Elam led all players matching her career-high with 24 points and grabbing a new career-high of 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Senior Jamie Braun added 17 points and eight rebounds, and junior Whitney Lindsay tallied a career-high 10 assists to go along with nine points and four rebounds.
"Today these young ladies focused, they made mistakes, but you looked at them and you didn't know that they made mistakes," said Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "They crashed the boards, they got back on defense. This is what we are trying to create. We are trying to create players that are going to be excited about their future because they are learning life lessons through the game of basketball. We have some great character kids here."
With the Hoosiers (10-7, 3-3) leading by three at the 13:01 mark, junior Jori Davis sank a layup to start a 19-11 run which gave Indiana a 30-19 lead with 6:34 to go in the first half. The Wolverines (10-7, 2-5) answered with a 15-9 run to cut IU's lead to five, 39-34, at the break. Elam scored 15 points in the first stanza, sinking 6-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, while pulling down seven boards. Braun netted 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers.
Indiana came out strong in the second half with Davis scoring a jumper at the 19:20 mark to increase its lead to seven, 41-34. Following a bucket from Michigan, the Hoosiers used a 12-9 run to build up an 11-point advantage, 54-43, with 10:03 on the clock. However, the Wolverines fought back outscoring IU, 15-0 to take their first lead of the game, 58-54, with 4:57 remaining. A 3-pointer from Elam at the 4:46 mark brought Indiana within one and a free throw from Davis knotted the score at 58-58 with four minutes to go. Braun sank another free throw to regain a one-point lead for IU, but a layup from Michigan's Krista Phillips with 54 seconds on the clock kept the Wolverines ahead at 60-59. A layup from Davis with 41 seconds to go followed by a free throw from Lindsay with 11 seconds on the clock sealed the 62-60 victory for the Hoosiers.
"We didn't know how to lose," Legette-Jack added. "The adrenaline rush you feel, the enthusiasm that Hoosier nation gives you, it was almost deafening. We had 3,000 fans today and it seemed like it was 10,000. They get into it, so it means everything."
Elam made 10-of-18 from the field and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line for her 24 points, and grabbed seven of her 10 boards on the defensive glass. Braun sank 6-of-13 from the field, including three 3-pointers for her 17 points, while Lindsay made 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
"I knew that with the absence of Sasha Chaplin we had to step up our rebounding because she was our leading rebounder," Elam said. "I knew tonight that's what i had to do."
Indiana shot 39.3 percent on the game from the floor and outrebounded Michigan, 38-37.
The Hoosiers return to action on Sunday, Jan. 17, when they travel to Columbus to take on No. 5 Ohio State at 2 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
Indiana vs. Michigan January 14, 2010 Game Notes
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