Second-Half Rally Leads Michigan Past Hoosiers
Jan. 28, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Indiana women's basketball got 19 points and 11 rebounds from Sarah McKay, but a late Michigan rally led the Wolverines to a 65-63 victory over the Hoosiers on Sunday, Jan. 28. Four Hoosiers scored in double figures in a losing effort. Michigan moves to 9-13 (2-7 Big Ten) with the victory, while the Hoosiers are now 13-9 (2-7).
McKay's 19 led all scorers, while Nikki Smith added 16 for Indiana. Leah Enterline poured in 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting and Jamie Braun added 11 for the visitors. Whitney Thomas grabbed nine rebounds, but was limited to 22 minutes of action due to foul trouble.
The Hoosiers opened the game holding the Wolverines to one field goal in the first 12 minutes of the game while taking an 18-3 lead. A 3-pointer from Krista Clement stopped the Michigan drought that started a 15-9 Wolverine run that cut IU's lead to six, 27-21, with 6:55 remaining in the half. However, IU outscored Michigan, 7-2 in the final five minutes of the first stanza to take a 34-23 lead into the break.
Smith kept things rolling for the Hoosiers as she outscored Michigan, 8-2, in the opening four minutes of the second half. A 3-pointer followed by a jumper by Krista Phillips ignited a 15-5 Michigan run that cut the Hoosiers lead to nine. But back-to-back 3-pointers from McKay and Braun put Indiana back up by 13, 53-40, with 9:58 left in the game.
But Michigan was able to come storming back once again, running off a 19-6 run that culminated with a 3-pointer from Lequisha Whitfield that tied the game at 59-59. The Wolverines garnered their first lead since 3-2 on a pair of free throws by Stephany Skrba, but the Hoosiers fought to even the game at 61 on a basket by McKay. Then Michigan struck the final blow, a shot from downtown by Whitfield that drove the home squad to victory.
Indiana grabbed 39 rebounds to Michigan's 37 in the contest, but the Wolverines committed four fewer turnovers than their adversaries. Each team hovered near 40 percent from the field in the contest, but Michigan was able to shoot 12-for-27 from downtown, much of which came in the decisive second half.
The Hoosiers return home for a pair of conference contests next week, beginning with a contest against Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 1. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. EST.
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