No. 14 IU Grits Out Win Over No. 11 Michigan
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In a nail biting top 15 matchup, No. 14 Indiana outlasted No. 11 Michigan on Thursday night, 70-65, inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
- Exchanging baskets for most of the first quarter, senior guard Ali Patberg and redshirt junior guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary were the first to score for Indiana. Junior guard Aleksa Gulbe tied it up at six apiece early with a pair of made free throws before Patberg made a pullup jumper off a Michigan turnover to take the lead. The Wolverines strung together a quick seven points to regain control of the contest. The Hoosiers would try to pull ahead with a quick two points from Patberg, but Michigan would get the 17-13 advantage as the frame came to a close.
- Sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes scored her first two points to start the second 10 minutes and freshman guard Chloe Moore-McNeil followed it up with a 3-pointer that would tie the game at 18. Finding her spot again, Moore-McNeil hit her second triple and Holmes fought her way to the basket to keep the Hoosiers alive.
- Out of a called Indiana timeout after a quick two baskets by the Wolverines, Patberg made two straight 3-pointers and Indiana was out to a 32-30 lead with 3:27 left in the quarter. With the Wolverines trying to crawl back into the lead, the hot Hoosiers offense would stay alive and take a 37-35 lead into the halftime break after a made 3-pointer from Gulbe.
- The 3-pointers continued to fly for Indiana coming out of halftime as Cardaño-Hillary drained her first 3-point basket of the night to add to the Hoosiers’ advantage.
- Stuck in an exchange of scoring, it was Michigan who would find the 46-42 advantage as the media timeout approached. Coming out of the time out, junior guard Grace Berger forced a turnover and was able to break away for the layup. Gulbe made it a one-point game with 3:30 left in the third quarter but the Wolverines would respond with a surge of their own. A basket by Berger and two free throws would put the Hoosiers within one at the buzzer.
- Despite Michigan having the 52-51 advantage to enter the final 10 minutes, Berger came out firing with a jumper that would put the Hoosiers back in the lead. Letting Michigan back in front, 55-53, the Indiana offense would respond with baskets by Cardaño-Hillary and Patberg to flip the lead back to the Hoosiers. All tied up at 59-59, the contest tipped Michigan’s way until Berger took two trips to the line to give Indiana the 63-61 lead with 2:18 left in game. Patberg would tack onto that lead with a driving layup to make the score 65-62 under the two-minute mark. With fouls at both ends, Berger remained a perfect 10 for 10 from the line and Patberg’s trip to the stripe would seal it for the Hoosiers.
- Holding the Wolverines without a field goal for the last 3:48 of Thursday night’s contest, Indiana sealed bonus shots down the stretch.
- The Hoosiers have now won three of the last four against Michigan, including four straight at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
- The win is now the second over a ranked team for the Hoosiers this season as they also defeated then No. 21 Northwestern on the road.
- After Michigan took a 61-59 lead at the 3:48 mark of the fourth quarter, Indiana did not allow Michigan another field goal the rest of the game.
- Ali Patberg scored 17 of her 21 points in the first half and connected on all three of her three-point field goal attempts in the opening half. For Patberg it was her 20th career came scoring 20 or more points.
- Berger scored 16 points and added four rebounds and four assists.
- Gulbe added 13 points for Indiana.
- Indiana shot 7-for-13 (53.8 percent) from three in the first half. For the game Indiana made 9-of-18 three-point field goals.
- Indiana held a 20-4 advantage in points off turnovers and forced 15 Michigan turnovers.
- The Hoosiers connected on 17-of-19 from the free-throw line (89.5 percent). Grace Berger shot 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Berger made eight of those free-throws in the fourth quarter.
- Indiana committed just eight turnovers. The Hoosiers rank sixth in the country in fewest turnovers per game. It was the sixth game this season Indiana has had under 10 turnovers.
- Michigan came into the game averaging 80.2 points per game and Indiana held the Wolverines to 65 points. Michigan had a scoring margin coming in of +19.3 point per game.
- Indiana handed Michigan their second loss of the season and second Big Ten loss of the season
Indiana head coach Teri Moren
“This one feels good. That is a really good team who we have a lot of respect for. Looking at the stats, although there was a discrepancy in the rebounding margin, we went in knowing we were going to have to outrebound them in order to win the game. But sometimes that doesn’t hold true especially when you can make shots. Tonight, I think it was just a matter of it being very crowded in the low block for Mack (Mackenzie Holmes). I think Michigan came in here willing to allow us to try and beat them from the outside. It was nice to see our three-ball go in. I thought Grace Berger was quiet offensively, but yet got to the free-throw line, stayed aggressive, and goes 10-for-10 at the free-throw line coming down the stretch which was huge. I am really happy with our eight turnovers, but I thought collectively the eight or nine that were out there playing, played exactly, we knew it was going to be a grind out there. It was going to be physical which it was. Both teams got to the free-throw line 19-20 times respectively. I thought Mack’s defense was better in the fourth against Naz (Hillmon) and Ali Patberg did a tremendous job against Leigha Brown. Grace Berger did a tremendous job against Akienreh Johnson. Give our kids credit for following the scouting report, especially defensively. But it was really nice to see our free-throws at 89 percent, almost 90 percent, excellent. And obviously for our 3-ball to go in tonight. I also thought we did some really good things defensively.”
Indiana is back in action on Wednesday, February 24th at Wisconsin.