BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Junior forward Jenny DeMuth scored her 1,000th career point and the Indiana womens basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak by stopping Michigan, 65-52, on Thursday night at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers are now 11-14 overall and 4-10 in Big Ten action. The Wolverines slipped to 11-16 and 4-10.
Jenny DeMuth stole the headlines in the contest by reaching the 1,000th career point plateau in the first half and registering her seventh double-double of the year with a team-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. DeMuths effort marked her 12th game with 20 or more points this year.
Cyndi Valentin added 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting from three point range. Her five treys set a new career high.
The Hoosiers fell behind 17-7, but answered with a 29-7 run to take a 36-24 lead early in the second, spurred mainly by a defense that held the Wolverines without a field goal for a stretch of 15:28 extending from the middle of the first half through the beginning of the second half. Michigan converted on five of its 23 attempts from the field in the opening stanza (21.7 pct.)
Meanwhile, the Hoosiers were getting solid production from DeMuth, whose 1,000th point came at the 6:38 mark of the first half when she drove from the right wing straight to the rim for a layup. In doing so, DeMuth became the 18th player in Indiana history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career and only the eighth to accomplish the feat in her junior year. DeMuth had nine points at the half, with Cyndi Valentin adding nine and Leah Enterline contributing with seven.
Michigan hung around by getting to the line, with center Jennifer Smith leading the way. Despite a 1-for-8 showing from the field in the first half, Smith finished with 14 points, fueled mainly by an 11-for-12 showing from the free throw line. Smith went on to tally 29 points and grab eight rebounds. Stephanie Gandy chipped in with 13 points for Michigan.
With tonights victory, IU holds a 34-13 advantage in the all-time series with Michigan. It was also Indianas first win in the last five meetings.
The Hoosiers return to action at 2:30 p.m. EST when they travel to Madison, Wis., to battle Wisconsin. The Hoosiers handed Wisconsin a 60-39 defeat when the two teams met at Assembly Hall on January 8. The game will be broadcast live along the Indiana Womens Basketball Radio Network with Jeremy Gray calling all the action.