Michigan at IU women

FINAL: MICHIGAN 61, INDIANA 43. IU can’t sustain its late rally and falls once again to the Wolverines. Sinclair leads IU with 14 points. Rachel Sheffer pours in a game-high 19 for Michigan.

Under-4: IU with a little momentum now. A jumper by Nicole Bell and a 3 from Sinclair cuts Indiana’s deficit to 13. Michigan up 56-43.

Michigan on a 13-4 run to start the 2nd half. IU’s Aulani Sinclair only 2-of-10 from the field. As a team, IU shooting 9% FG in 2nd.

Michigan on a 13-4 run to start the 2nd half. IU’s Aulani Sinclair only 2-of-10 from the field. As a team, IU shooting 9% FG in 2nd.

Under-16: Michigan starts the half on an 8-2 run to take its lead over IU to 45-26.

HALFTIME: MICHIGAN 37, INDIANA 24. Nicole Bell leads IU with six points, while Michigan’s top offensive players, Rachel Sheffer and Kate Thompson, have combined for 22 points. A big positive for IU has been the team’s ability to create second-chance opportunities. The Hoosiers have 20 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end.

Under-4: Michigan 30, Indiana 20. Jasmine McGhee and Aulani Sinclair each have 5 points for the Hoosiers. Difference so far has been the 3-ball. Michigan is 6-12, IU is 3-11.

Under-8: Michigan 20, Indiana 14. Hoosiers shooting only 26%, missing too many shots within 10 ft.

Michigan retakes the lead, 12-11, at the Under-12. Wolverines making the most of 2nd chance opps. Mich w/ 7 off rebounds already.

Under-16: Michigan 5, Indiana 5. Linda Rubene missed a pair of free throws that would’ve given IU the lead.

PREGAME: Indiana, which played competitively against No. 23 Michigan on Jan. 3 in Ann Arbor, looks to build off that solid first try tonight at Assembly Hall. The Wolverines saw their 10-game winning streak snapped on Monday against Penn State and enter play in a three-way tie with Michigan State and Purdue for second place in the Big Ten standings.

Michigan used a career-high 17 points from reserve forward Sam Arnold to beat Indiana, 65-48, earlier this month. Michigan’s senior class of Jenny Ryan, Nya Jordan, Rachel Sheffer, Kate Thompson and Arnold has accounted for 80 percent of the team’s offense through 18 games. The Wolverines have won the last five games between the two programs.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. In the meantime, here are a few pregame nuggets to hold you over:

• Indiana is the only team in the Big Ten Conference that has not allowed an opponent to score 70points in a game this season.

• The Hoosiers lead the all-time series over Michigan, 42-21.

• In the last seven games played at Assembly Hall against Michigan, Indiana has won six of those contests.

• Aulani Sinclair scored her 1,000th career point with a 3-point field goal at the 19:32 mark of the

second half against Michigan State on Sunday, becoming the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points.

• Going intoThursday’s game, Sinclair has connected on 161 career 3-point field goals, which currently ranks her sixth on IU’s all-time list for career 3-pointers made.

• Jasmine McGhee has led IU in scoring and rebounding in each of the last two games and has scored in double-figures in six of the last seven contests.

• Last time out, IU held Michigan State to just 34.4 percent shooting, marking the ninth time that IU had held an opponent to that percentage or lower.


  1. Every team in the big 10 has more talent than IU and it is starting to show game after game! Hustle and hard work are just not enough when the opponent has much more talent than we have. The last several games have shown this dramtically! Nebraska, Michigan St and Michigan are very talented and we are lucky to keep games as close as we do against these teams. These kids are playing very hard and playing defense as well as their talent enables them to. IU is the only team in the Big 10 that has not allowed a conference opponent to reach 70 points. The last time I checked the Big 10 stats, IU was 3rd in the conference in points allowed. The real problem for this team is it’s current lack of offensive talent! Other than Sinlair and McGee and on occasion Bell, there are very few truely talented scorers. Some teams have been able to take Sinclair completely out of a game. When this happens IU really struggles to compete. Coach Miller stated in the post game press conference that due to the team’s offensive ineptness, we have to hold teams in the 40’s to have a chance to win, this is almost impossible in today’s game! All is not lost, this team continues to play extremely hard and and will fight to the end. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. BTW, while I am at it, SheliaE, your constant posts downgrading IU women’s basketball are very tiring! You have criticised indirectly coach Miller for the girls who have transferred or quit the team? Two of the girls were walk-ons that, I assume quit for lack of playing time which is not unexpected of “walk-ons”! They apparently were tired of doing all of the work that is required of in practice and then not getting on the floor. The other two girls were coach Jack recruits who were very deficient in “basketball ability”, plain and simple! McCurty was tall but, had very limited basketball skills; no post up game and continued to get pushed around when under the basket showing no toughness at all required of a center. Ussery was a guard who simply couldn’t shoot the ball or pick up coach Miller’s offense! There are over 400 transfers every year in collage basketball, men and women combined, especially when a new coach comes on board. It is not unusual. The comment you made yesterday about Buss was interesting? You should know that every Big 10 team and every team in the basketball crazy SEC was recruiting Buss. She decided on IU for two reasons; the school’s close proximity to home and coach Miller, who she stated is as good a “point guard” coach as there is! She said that she felt that coach Miller could truely bring her talent to a higher level! Buss is a great talent, UCONN may have looked at her, who knows? All I know is, we got a great talent in this girl!! SheliaE, how about giving coach Miller the benifit of the doubt and be a little more positive in your support of the IU women!

  3. Ron, my 400 number was for each year. I don’t doubt the number you posted when you consider a 4 or 5 year career as most athelets indure? My number came from an article I read on line a couple of years ago. It could be much higher now?

  4. Nice comment MikeC I support coach Miller 100%. It was I who ask if Uconn was recruiting her. I am just cautious for I do not want to be a fan with too much expectations on a girl overhyped by family or friends. I am a realist but I do pray that Buss can do what she does in high school at IU.

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