Feb. 19, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team fell at home to the visiting Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, 61-48. Aulani Sinclair led IU in scoring for a third-consecutive game with 17 points and added seven rebounds.
The game was tight early as Michigan led by just two, 10-8, after a Sasha Chaplin layup with 13:56 on the clock. The Wolverines then went to work, outscoring IU 14-2 over the next 6:20 to lead by 14 points, 24-10, with 7:36 remaining in the half.
The Hoosiers then began to cut into the deficit beginning with a Candyce Ussery layup followed by two field goals by Sinclair. Ussery then scored Indiana's seventh-consecutive point with a free throw at the 5:04 mark.
After a Michigan field goal, Sinclair hit two more from the charity stripe. The Wolverines scored a bucket again before Sinclair nailed another jumper. Milika Taufa polished off a 13-4 run for IU with a layup with 2:24 left until the break to pull Indiana within five, 28-23. The half would end at the same margin as Michigan went into the locker room with a 31-26 advantage.
Out of the break, the Wolverines put together a 9-0 run right away to increase their lead to 40-26 with 16:58 to go. Michigan later increased its lead to 16 points, 48-32, as the clock read 11:23.
Sinclair then stepped up again nailing back-to-back 3-point bombs to pull the Hoosiers within striking distance. After a 3-point answer from Michigan's Carmen Reynolds, IU's Ussery connected from beyond the arc to make the deficit 10 again, 51-41, with 8:37 left to play.
Indiana would later pull within nine after Andrea Newbauer sunk two attempts from the charity stripe at the 5:29 mark. Michigan then responded with five-consecutive points and never looked back to take the victory.
The Hoosiers once again won the rebounding battle, 42-36, but Michigan was able to force 19 Indiana turnovers and scored 21 points off of those mistakes. Danilsa Andujar grabbed 10 boards in the game to lead IU as Ussery tied her career-high with eight points. Milika Taufa had a brilliant game defensively as she collected a career-high six steals.
Indiana will return to Assembly Hall on Thursday, Feb. 23, to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. It will be senior night, as seniors Andujar and Alisha Goodwin will be recognized following the game. The tip is set for 7 p.m. ET.
• Aulani Sinclair led Indiana in scoring for the third consecutive game, pouring in 17 points. She also brought in seven rebounds to tie her season high. Sinclair hit 3-of-7 3-point field goals, marking the ninth time this season that she has hit three or more 3-point field goals in a game. Sinclair has now scored in double-figures 16 times this season.
• Danilsa Andujar had 10 boards in the game to lead Indiana. Andujar has tallied 10 or more rebounds in four games this season.
• Candyce Ussery tied her career-high with eight points. She also added three rebounds and two assists.
• Milika Taufa had a career-high six steals in the game. She also hadfour points and seven rebounds.
• Indiana won the rebounding battle for the 14th time this season, 42-36.
• The Hoosiers outscored Michigan in second chance points, 15-7, off of 15 offensive rebounds.
• The IU bench topped Michigan's reserves in points scored, 14-10.