Hoosiers X-Tract Revenge on Wolverines

Indiana grabbed sole possession of fifth place in the Big Ten with a 74-65 victory over Michigan on Sunday. Earlier this season, the Wolverines won by 11 in Ann Arbor. In that game, the Hoosiers were beaten on the boards, 36-32, and shot 34.4% from the field. Today, though, IU held a 40-27 advantage on the glass and shot much better at 47.4%.

Whitney Thomas was a key factor all game, recording her 11th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. In the Hoosiers’ last game, a four-point loss at Assembly Hall to late-rising Michigan State, Thomas had just four points and two boards, shooting 1-5 from the field.

“That was an off game that I had, and Coach Jack told me that I needed to change, and that’s what I did for this game,” Thomas said.

Freshmen Whitney Lindsay and Georgia Follmer earned their first career starts this season, leaving classmate Ebony Jackson and walkon Lydia Serfling as the only roster players that haven’t been in the opening lineup this season. Follmer had four points and four boards. Lindsay scored six in her season-high 35 minutes, including an early 3-pointer from the corner. More importantly, the point guard got a chance to run the offense, and she did it all on her 19th birthday.

Interestingly, Haylie Linn, who had been playing a solid chunk of minutes in recent games and has started seven times, played only three minutes on Sunday after just six against the Spartans. That’s nine minutes in the last two outings, compared to 40 in the two before that and 33 in the two before that. I can’t help but think she’s in the doghouse for something, but Coach Jack didn’t let on if that’s the case.

“Any given day, your numbers can be called, and you can be the one to get 25 minutes or ten minutes,” she said. “That’s why we say we don’t have a go-to player. We have a go-to team. Some days you’re going to play 30 minutes, and Little Whitney’s been sitting there patiently for a very long time.”