Hoosiers Off to Best Big Ten Start with 60-50 Win at Michigan
Jan. 22, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Senior Amber Jackson and junior Jamie Braun combined for 34 points as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Michigan, 60-50, Thursday at Crisler Arena. The Hoosiers are 14-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten. IU's 7-1 league mark is its best start in school history. The win was the Hoosiers first in Ann Arbor since Feb. 1, 1998.
"I just think that Michigan is a really fundamentally sound team," said head coach Felisha Legette Jack. "They have such discipline in their offensive segment that pressured our defense so much and it had us second guessing ourselves a lot. But one thing about our team when we stay together, for some reason we figure out how to come together and win. I tell you, this is a fun team to watch. These Hoosiers, I can't be more proud of them."
Jackson led the team with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and added nine rebounds, a pair of steals and an assist. Braun dropped in 16 points with four rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action. Kim Roberson paced the Hoosiers with four steals to go along with six points and eight rebounds. Whitney Thomas added nine rebounds as Indiana won the battle of the boards, 40-27.
"Every game is key for tempo, because if we're playing a tempo that we want to play that means we're going to do something right and that means we're going to get the open looks that we had," Braun said. "Amber Jackson was really big on rebounds off of my missed shots, so if we have the tempo that means we're doing something right and usually helps us out in the long run."
The Hoosiers got on the board first on a 3-pointer from Roberson just nine seconds into the game. That 3 was answered by one from Carly Benson at the 19:14 mark, but a jumper from Braun ignited a 14-3 run that put Indiana up 17-6 with 14:30 on the clock. Another 3-pointer from Benson and layup by Kalyn McPherson at the 12:11 mark cut IU's lead to six, 17-11, but a three-point play by Jackson gave the Hoosiers' a 20-11 advantage. Following a jumper from Krista Phillips with 11:14 to go in the half, the Hoosiers outscored the Wolverines, 16-6, to head into the halftime break with a 36-19 lead.
Jackson led IU in the first half with 11 points. Braun scored eight points and Roberson netted six points, grabbed six rebounds and came away with three steals.
Indiana struck first in the second half on a layup from Jackson at the 19:25 mark, but a 3-poitner from Jessica Minnfield sparked a 13-4 Michigan run that brought the Wolverines within 10, 42-32, with 10:33 remaining in the game. However, the Hoosiers were able to maintain at least a 10-point lead en route to the 60-50 win.
The Hoosiers shot 39 percent from the field (24-61) and went to the free throw line just 10 times, converting seven. Michigan shot 37 percent (17-45), with eight of its 17 field goals coming from beyond the three-point arc.
"I don't think they really wanted shots on the inside," Legette-Jack said. "I think they really want the ball to go inside and come back out. We tried to pretend a little bit and go inside and come back out and defend the 3. I just think that if we're giving up 2's it's better than giving up 3's, so we rolled the dice and that kind of helped us out."
Indiana returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 25 when it faces Illinois in Champaign at 4 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
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