Women’s Big Ten Tournament live blog: Indiana vs. Michigan

FINAL: Michigan 82, Indiana 57. Hoosiers now return to Bloomington and wait for a tournament invitation. Indiana shot 41 percent on the night, but was only 26 percent (5-for-19) beyond the arc. Michigan outrebounded IU 42-31, including 12 on the offensive glass. Cyesha Goree (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Nicole Elmblad (15 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles. Alexis Gassion led IU with 12 points. Michigan dominated in second-chance points, 24-8. Also outscored Indiana in the paint, 42-32. Hoosiers finish with a .263 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Gassion had three 3s for Indiana.

Under-4: Michigan 71, Indiana 51. Hoosiers tournament drought will continue. IU hasn’t won a postseason game since 2008-09.

Under-8: Michigan 63, Indiana 49. Hoosiers have had it to 10 a bunch, but can’t crack single digits. UM’s Cyesha Goree has to be helped off the floor after taking McBride foul. She’s carved the Hoosiers to the tune of 16 pts, 11 rebs, 5 asts.

Under-12: Michigan 57, Indiana 45. Tough breaks all around for Indiana tonight. After a nice layup from Lyndsay Leikem, Larryn Brooks stole the inbounds pass but was leveled by Cyesha Goree. Curt Miller jumped up and down demanding a foul, but the referees instead gave the ball to Indiana out of bounds. Could’ve been a 1-and-1. Instead, Hoosiers inbounds and miss the quick shot attempt.

Under-16: Michigan 53, Indiana 43. Hoosiers nearly cut it to single digits, but Tabitha Gerardot called for a charge. IU bench livid. Indiana has outscored Michigan 15-10 to start the second half.

HALFTIME: Michigan 43, Indiana 28. Wolverines outrebounding Hoosiers 22-14, including 8 on offensive glass. Story of the game. Alexis Gassion leads the Hoosiers with nine points. Michigan’s Cyesha Goree is a rebound shy of a double-double. She has 10 points. Curt Miller played 11 players in the first half. Kim Barnes Arico played 6. Miller threw in all six of his forwards. Very uncharacteristic. Obviously, he’s looking for someone — anyone, really — to grab a board/prevent Michigan from keeping possessions alive. Michigan dominating on second-chance opportunities, 16-2. Wolverines also have 16 points off eight Hoosier turnovers.

Under-4: Michigan 32, Indiana 20. IU put together a quick 5-0 run on a 2nd chance J from Brooks and a 3 by Gassion. Some more 3s would help.

Under-8: Michigan 26, Indiana 15. Deflating start for Hoosiers. IU’s getting defensive stops, but either can’t keep ball in, or grab the rebound. Michigan outrebounding Indiana 16-8, including 6 offensive rebounds.

Under-12: Michigan 19, Indiana 13. Hoosiers have nothing going offensively right now. Only 1 IU basket in the last three minutes. Michigan winning the battle of the boards, 9-5, including two offensive rebounds to Indiana’s zero.

Under-16: Indiana 9, Michigan 6. Tabitha Gerardot has 5 early points for IU. Hoosiers 4-of-7 from the floor, with only one turnover. Gerardot started the contest with a corner 3 against the Michigan 2-3.

PREGAME: It’s time for postseason basketball, as Indiana and Michigan are set to face off in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament tonight at 6:30 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers have lost five of their last six games, including a 70-58 defeat to Michigan at Assembly Hall on Feb. 19.

Michigan represents a tough matchup for Indiana. The Wolverines thrive on offensive rebounds and second-chance opportunities. In the previous meeting last month, Michigan finished with 38 points in the paint against a thin Hoosier frontcourt. Wolverines forward Cyesha Goree ranks second in the Big Ten in rebounding with 9.5 boards per game. Michigan guard Shannon Smith led all scorers in that game with 22 points. It was a close contest. Indiana led by six at halftime before Michigan struck with an 11-2 to start the second half and slowly pulled away.

“Michigan is a tough draw for us because they’re the hardest working team,” IU coach Curt Miller said. “Some teams out-talent you. Some team’s superstars have taken over late in games against us, and we haven’t been able to contain that star player. Michigan does it by committee. Michigan does it with work ethic. Michigan just tries to take your spirit away with how they try to beat you, so it’s a tough matchup. But we’re both in the second year of our programs, trying to rebuild, so there’s a little bragging rights in this game.”

Indiana enters the tournament with an 18-11 record (5-11 Big Ten). The Hoosiers’ 18 wins are tied for the fourth highest in program history. Indiana hasn’t won a Big Ten Tournament title since claiming its first in 2002. The Hoosiers are 14-18 all-time in tournament play, including a 4-1 mark against Michigan.

F Tabitha Gerardot, C Simone Deloach, G Larryn Brooks, G Taylor Agler, G Alexis Gassion.
Michigan: F Cyesha Goree, C Val Driscoll, G Nicole Elmblad, G Siera Thompson, G Shannon Smith.