Jan. 24, 2013
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team struggled offensively as it fell to No. 23 Michigan Thursday night at Assembly Hall, 61-43. Senior Aulani Sinclair led the Hoosiers with 14 points and grabbed five boards as freshman Nicole Bell came off the bench to add 11 points.
IU (10-9, 1-5) battled the Wolverines throughout the first half, but Michigan strung together an 11-2 run midway through the half and led by 13 going into halftime, 37-24. Michigan (16-3, 5-1) shot 6-of-13 from behind the arc and 11-of-12 from the free throw line in the opening stanza.
The Wolverines came out of the break looking strong, scoring the first six points of the half. The Hoosiers made one last push as Jasmine McGhee hit a 3-pointer at the 10:54 which sparked a 15-4 Indiana run to close the deficit to 52-38. It was too little to late as Michigan would go on to leave Bloomington with the victory.
Sinclair scored nine of her points in the second half. McGhee finished with 10 points to go along with three rebounds and a pair of steals. Bell shot 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc to tally double-figures for the fifth time this season.
Michigan had four players score 10 or more points, led by Rachel Sheffer's 19 points. Nya Jordan added a double-double for the Wolverines with 10 points and 11 boards.
The Hoosiers will next travel to Evanston, Ill., on Monday, Jan. 28 to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. That game will tip at 7 p.m. ET from Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Hoosiers won the battle of the offensive glass, 18-10, and outscored Michigan in second chance points, 10-9.
Indiana outscored the Wolverines in points off turnovers, 17-10, and bench scoring, 15-7.
Senior Aulani Sinclair scored 14 points to lead IU and added five rebounds, two steals and tied a career mark with three assists. Sinclair has scored in double-figures in 14 games this season and in 46 games in her career.
Sinclair moved up three spots on IU's all-time scoring list and is now tied with Dani Thrush (1996-99) from 20th place with 1,017 career points.
Freshman Nicole Bell scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season with 11 points. She connected on three 3-point field goals, marking the fifth game this year that she has connected on three or more 3-pointers.
Senior Jasmine McGhee tallied 10 points on the night and added three boards and two steals. McGhee has scored 10 or more points 26 times in her career and 12 times this season.
Junior Simone Deloach skied for 10 boards, marking her third career game with double digit rebounds and her second this year.