No. 22 IU women finish with flourish at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Indiana women’s basketball team finished the regular season with a flourish on Sunday.

The No. 22 Hoosiers used an 11-0 first-quarter run to take the lead for good and pulled away in the second half for a 78-60 victory at Michigan, their first win at the Crisler Center since 2009.

IU (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten) set a program record for regular-season victories and tied the overall mark for wins in a season, matched the 2005-06 and 2008-09 teams with 10 true road wins and set a new high for conference wins heading into Friday’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“I just thought we were tougher today,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said. “It was great to see Jaelynn Penn hit a few shots, and I thought Ali Patberg remained aggressive as she has been.

Patberg led the way for the Hoosiers once again with 21 points and seven assists, her fourth straight game of 20-plus points, including a three-point play and a 3-pointer to start the second half and extend a 34-31 halftime lead to nine.

Michigan (19-10, 10-8) got back within five, the last time at 46-41, but a 10-2 run that included a pair of Penn 3s, pushed the Indiana advantage to 56-43 heading to the fourth quarter.

That frame started as the previous one ended, as the Wolverines did not score for the first 3:34. They had just two points in more than eight minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters. By then the Hoosiers had a 64-43 lead, capped by a steal at midcourt from Mackenzie Holmes, who went the distance and finished with a pirouette around Naz Hillmon for a left-handed layup.

“We did a good job (defensively), especially on Naz,” Moren said. “She didn’t get anything easy. Give our guards a tremendous amount of credit for flying around and making things difficult. I thought that was probably one of our best defensive performances in Big Ten play.”

Holmes was among three other Hoosiers joining Patberg in double figures with 12 points. Jaelynn Penn had 14 and Grace Berger 13 as Indiana scored at least 75 points for the fourth straight game, shooting nearly 54 percent from the field, including 6-of-13 from 3, to go with 14-of-17 at the line.

Hillmon had 13 points and seven rebounds for Michigan but nine of those points came at the free-throw line. Akienreh Johnson led the Wolverines with 16 points, while Maddie Nolan added 13 and Amy Dilk 12. Michigan shot just 33.9 percent from the field.

As the fourth seed for the Big Ten Tournament, Indiana will await the winner of Thursday’s game between fifth-seeded Rutgers and the survivor of Illinois-Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

14 comments

  1. The early season feel that IU Ladies showed before and during Paradise Jam is creeping back in IU Ladies play. All around play better lately, defense, hitting shots, Patberg just better, Holmes better, Wise playing well, Wagner playing, Penn making some shots, Berger playing aggressively, Gulbe competing defensively and making free throws and shots and others filling in some time.

  2. Big Ten tournament: IU Ladies will probably play Rutgers and if they win will probably turn around and play Maryland. Some reward for getting 4 seed in big ten tournament. However, big opportunity!

    Why did Maryland get number 1 seed vs Northwestern? Can anyone explain?

  3. A very nice all around effort on both defense and offensively. The fact that IU had not won there in 11years should say a lot. Nice to see G. Waggoner still getting quality min. and does not hurt the team with her play. Also great to see Mac get the steal and take it the distance for the score. Defense seems to be improving with each game which is whats needed.

    Late today on tv after the Mary. game Charlie Creme had his update on the 16 seeds and since Texas A M lost moved IU in . A and M lost to South Carolina so Im not sure the committee will agree on their reveal coming up on Monday.

  4. Maryland and NW each won a game against each other. So then it goes to the next team behind them which is Iowa. NW only played them once and lost. Mary. played Iowa twice and was 1 and 1 . Evidently that was enough to give Mary. the #1 seed.

  5. Didn’t get to see the game, but did listen to Greg Murray’s excellent call of the game.
    Itsounded to me like the women are putting it all together just in time for the BigTen tournament (which means nothing to me beyond NCAA seeding) and the NCAA tournament itself. Creme says we’re a four seed, hosting at Bloomington. Some outfit called College Sports Madness (whoever they are) agrees. And NCAA RPI has us at 14. So Brenna was on to something.
    GO IU! FINISH STRONG!

  6. Careful according to seeding– Previous to the last REVEAL Creme had IU as 4 seed then,, but committee did not agree and was not in the final 16 seed grouping. And like I mentioned the only reason Creme moved IU in to the 4 seed[previously 5 th] was because tex. A&M lost to South Carolina by 8 pts at SC. Not sure thats enough to bump A M out of the 4 seed. I hope Creme is correct this team as last time he was not.

  7. Is Creme right this time– dont forget to watch tonights game Uconn vs Florida. and find out– the next and final REVEAL will be shown at halftime of the game.

  8. After tonights REVEAL Im assuming that nothing will change even after games in conf. tourneys.

    1. SteveW, you’re probably correct.
      But if IU wins the BigTen tournament, surely that would help some, wouldn’t it?

  9. IU got screwed by the committee, just my opinion. Depaul gets that final 4seed after 2 back to back losses to unranked teams. , one of them by 19 pts. Yes Nat,, IU would most likely have to win the tourney to be able to host. The other thing Im looking at now is Mich. State will have colley back and who knows maybe they can pull off a miracle and help IU out.

  10. If IU Ladies win a game and compete against Maryland plus some teams losing IU possible a 4 seed but slim.

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