March 8, 2013
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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Michigan, the No. 5 seed, used a strong start to down 12th-seeded Indiana in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night, 67-40.
Michigan (21-9) came out firing on all cylinders scoring the first 12 points of the game. Aulani Sinclair then put the Hoosiers on the board at the 15:21 mark with a jumper.
The Wolverines extended their lead to as much as 16 points before the Hoosiers strung a little offense together. IU (11-19) trailed 24-8 when Jasmine McGhee nailed a 3-pointer at the 6:17 mark to give Indiana some life.
IU's Andrea Mize later nailed a 3-point bomb to cap a 13-5 Hoosier spurt to cut the deficit to eight, 29-21, with 1:41 to go. Michigan then hit a field goal to take a 31-21 lead into the halftime break.
To open the second half, Michigan came out with a flourish again, outscoring IU 8-0 in the opening 2:04 of the second stanza. That run set the tone for the half, as the Wolverines would go on to win the game.
"Certainly we're disappointed with our play tonight. We came into this game and had played four good games in a row and felt like we were playing our best basketball down the stretch of the season," head coach Curt Miller said. "We spotted them 12-0 early in the first half and they had a strong start to the second half and that was really the difference in the game.
McGhee led Indiana with 12 points and seven rebounds in her final game in an Indiana uniform. Michigan had two players score in double-figures led by Nicole Elmblad's double-double of 14 points and 10 boards.