A controversial travel call doomed Indiana Tuesday in a 78-74 loss at Michigan.
With the Hoosiers down 74-72 with 15 seconds left, junior forward Amanda Cahill was driving to the basket when an official blew their whistle. That gave the Wolverines possession, and IU was forced to foul. Michigan’s Siera Thompson hit four three throws down the stretch to hold a two-possession lead.
The win keeps Michigan (14-4, 3-1 Big Ten) at third in the Big Ten standings, while the Hoosiers (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) fall to the middle of the pack.
Junior guard Tyra Buss and senior forward Jenn Anderson each scored 21 points for IU. Anderson also collected a career-high 12 rebounds. Cahill finished with 13 points, and senior Alexis Gassion added 12.
IU trailed by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter but reduced that lead to 74-70 with 2:05 left. Amber Deane, who had not played since Dec. 12 against Valparaiso because of concussion-like symptoms, came up with a shot block with 1:02 left, and that preceded an underneath basket by Anderson to pull the Hoosiers to within a score. Deane, a native of Michigan, played 15 minutes Tuesday.
Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty, who Gassion helped limit to 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting, missed a shot with 27 seconds left. But the Cahill travel call didn’t allow the Hoosiers an opportunity to tie it up. After Thompson’s first pair of free throws, Buss scored to make it 76-74 with 10 seconds remaining. A second later, IU fouled again, but Thompson made both again.
Hallie Thome, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, led the Wolverines with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Fifteen of those points came in the first half as Michigan established a 37-25 lead with 3:09 left in the second quarter. The Hoosiers put together a 7-0 run to end the half and went into the locker room down 37-32.
Five IU points came in the last 38 seconds, via a layup from sophomore Tia Elbert and a bucket and a free throw by Cahill. IU then scored the first five points of the second half, tying it at 37-all, but freshman Kysre Gondrezick, who scored 11 of her 17 points in the third quarter, hit a 3 to put Michigan back up.
Michigan increased its cushion to 10 points, 54-44, midway through the period.
Michigan was able to get up the floor in transition and shot 51.9 percent from the field. IU, on the other hand, hit 43 percent, only 3-of-13 from beyond the arc and turned the ball over 15 times.