Hoosiers Tripped Up by Wolverines, 65-54
Jan. 24, 2008
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jamie Braun scored 20 points, but the Indiana women's basketball team was topped by Michigan in a Big Ten road game on Thursday, 65-54. Whitney Thomas added 13 points and 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season and 18th of her career in a losing effort.
The Wolverines (12-6, 5-3 Big Ten) got on the board first on a layup by Krista Phillips to take a 2-0 lead at the 19:11 mark. The Hoosiers (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten) answered with a pair of free throws by Thomas to knot the score. A 3-pointer by Jessica Minnfield sparked an 18-7 Michigan run that gave the Wolverines an eight-point lead, 17-9, with 10:36 remaining in the half.
A 3-pointer by Jamie Braun stopped the Wolverine run, but Michigan bounced back with a 13-4 run that was capped by another three from Minnfield to take a 30-16 advantage with 3:31 to go. Back-to-back jumpers from Kim Roberson and Amber Jackson cut Michigan's lead to 10, 30-20, with 2:04 on the clock. That was the last basket of the half, as the Wolverines headed to the break with a 10-point lead.
The Hoosiers came out of the locker room hot from the field, hitting five of their first eight shots to trim the deficit to five at 36-31 with a Jamie Braun 3-pointer at the 16:28 mark. But that was as close as IU would get, as Michigan came right back with a 9-3 run of its own, as a Minnfield trey stretched the lead to 45-34 at 8:43.
The two teams went back-and-forth for the remainder of the game. With 2:40 to play, Thomas posted a first, knocking down the first 3-pointer of her collegiate career. Her 18 double-doubles are sixth in IU's career record book. Roberson added 10 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Hoosiers, while Jackson posted eight points and seven boards.
Indiana will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 31, when it takes on Wisconsin in Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. The evening will be Student Night, as the department of athletics is offering buy one, get one free tickets for the general public, and all IU students will be admitted free of charge with their student ID. The first 500 fans in attendance will also receive a rally towel. For more information, contact the IU Ticket Office at 1-866-IUSPORTS.
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