Michigan at IU women

FINAL
For a team that has generally struggled offensively this season, the loss to Michigan was more of the same. The Wolverines didn’t run away, but IU just couldn’t muster enough firepower to truly make it interesting. Aulani Sinclair with 17 points to lead the Hoosiers, who fall to 0-14 in the Big Ten. Michigan snaps a six-game losing streak in Bloomington. WOLVERINES 61, HOOSIERS 48

SECOND HALF
3:05: Indiana fought back, got within nine and missed a 3 to get closer. Hoosiers just can’t really sustain anything and are running out of time to do so. IU shooting 21.7 percent in the second half. WOLVERINES 56, HOOSIERS 45

7:22: Michigan went up by 16, but back-to-back 3s by Aulani Sinclair finally got the Hoosiers and the fans going a bit. Wolverines’ Carmen Reynolds and IU’s Candyce Ussery then traded 3s. IU has since missed a layup and a 3 to try and get closer. WOLVERINES 51, HOOSIERS 41

11:48: The air has just gone out of the building since halftime, seems like most of the crowd has drifted off to sleep. The most exciting thing has been 2002 team member Jaime Gathing winning a Visa gift card in the let’s make a deal game during the time out. WOLVERINES 46, HOOSIERS 32

15:56: Michigan comes out of the lockerroom with a 9-0 run, and the start of the second half continues to be a major bugaboo for Indiana — among other things. WOLVERINES 40, HOOSIERS 26

HALFTIME
A 9-2 run gets Indiana back in the game, and the Hoosiers close within five before the half, with both the offense and defense noticeably improved down the stretch. IU will have to keep riding the hot hand of Aulani Sinclair, who has 11 points, four rebounds and two assists. Courtney Boylan has 11 to lead Michigan, which shot 48 percent from the field.

And an official Jasmine McGhee update — she hurt her foot in practice and is listed as day-to-day — and so far that means not today. WOLVERINES 31, HOOSIERS 26

FIRST HALF
6:43: A Candyce Ussery layup moments ago ended a 4-minute scoring drought for Indiana, which has yet to see leading scorer Jasmine McGhee play a minute in this game. WOLVERINES 24, HOOSIERS 12

11:01: Indiana was within two before back-to-back 3s by Michigan stretched the lead out. WOLVERINES 18, HOOSIERS 10

15:25: More turnovers (3) than made baskets (2) for Indiana out of the gate. IU started Newbauer, Goodwin, Sinclair, Chaplin and McCurty — they don’t quite seem on the same page so far. WOLVERINES 8, HOOSIERS 5

PREGAME
I’m at Assembly Hall on this sunny Sunday afternoon as the Indiana women’s basketball team looks to snap its 0-for-13 Big Ten skid this season, a losing streak that has reached 17 regular-season conference games overall. Maybe the Hoosiers will draw inspiration from the presence of the 2002 Big Ten Tournament championship team, which will be honored at halftime on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the last IU NCAA Tournament team. Updates here and via Twitter. Game also televised on the Big Ten Network.

7 comments

  1. Thanks for the update on McGhee. What about the status of Linda Rubene? She’s been missing for several games now. One rumor is that she suffered a concussion.

  2. Randall,
    You heard correctly. She has been battling post-concussion symptoms, and the trainers have opted to have her stay away from the games so the noise of the band and crowd don’t make things worse.

  3. Another tremendous shooting performance, 29% from the floor. The game before we shoot 28%. As a team on the season we are dead last in the conference in field goal percentage(32%). Again, this all goes back to very poor recruiting, coach Jack doesn’t have a clue! As I have said in the past many times, high school girls in the state of Indiana know how to shoot the basketball and how to handle it. Coach Jack refuses to recruit the state because she says, recruiting aganst Notre Dame is very difficlt! Here’s a news flash, since it’s inception of women’s basketball at Notre Dame, they have had only 19 girls from the state of Indiana play for them, that is a fact! Notre Dame recruits nationally! Is it any wonder why we are last in the conference in shooting and at the top in turnovers? After the Ohio St. game, coach Jack said in the postgame press conference, “We are going to continue to get better”. What team is she watching, this team has not improved over the course of the season! The turnovers remain around 20 per game and the field goal percentage hovers around 30 % every game. This team is not getting better reguardless of what she says! I have seen this team play 6 times this year and for the most part they play hard, that is a testament to the girls but, the coach has no idea of how to recruit and who to recruit and her inability to teach fundamentals is deplorable. It is time for Fred Glass to stop the insanity and get rid of her and hire a real division 1 coach!

  4. There’s a reason the IU Woman’s Basketball team has had staff turnover EVERY year Jack has been at the helm & it’s not because she’s such a “nice person” that is always quoted on this blog. There are major issues in this program and it is all because of one person. Ask anyone who’s worked or played for her. The IU administration has consistently turned a blind eye to her dsyfunction and the reality of the situation is they will never win until she is terminated.

  5. You can’t win them all, but the continual decline in wins and now this year looks to be rock bottom. Looking forward to getting a new coach.

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