ANN ARBOR, Michigan — At the start of the week Monday, Indiana women’s basketball No. 6 meets its fourth opponent of the season in Michigan No. 14 on the road.
Indiana head coach Teri Moren often talks about her team’s defensive prowess, which gave her Hoosiers the No. 1 defense in the Big Ten and kept her opponents to just 58.6 points per game. However, Michigan is just behind Indiana, allowing their opposing teams just 60.4 points per contest.
The last time the Hoosiers lost was a little less than a year ago in Ann Arbor, 65-50. It was a tough night of shooting for Indiana as they shot 33.3 percent from the field, not including forward Mackenzie Holmes, who was out at the time with a left knee injury.
Now the Hoosiers have Holmes back and are averaging 50.3 percent off the ground and have lost just one game to Michigan State on the road this season.
However, the Wolverines will put up a good dogfight to defend their home court, having won three consecutive Big Ten wins by 15 or more points each. Leading them is Noblesville, Indiana forward Emily Kiser, who is one of three players averaging 17.6 points per game in double figures.
Kiser also leads the team, which sits eighth in the conference, with 6.8 boards per game.
Indiana has four players averaging double-digit points, led by Holmes with 21.7 points per game and a team-high 8.2 rebounds for fourth best in the big.
The Hoosiers have plenty of momentum in Ann Arbor as they earn an 83-72 away win over No. 21 Illinois on Wednesday, where Moren became the program’s all-time winning coach with 189.
As if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, the Hoosiers got their best start in 18 games by defeating the Fighting Illini and improving to a 17-1 season record. This is the best start since the inaugural 1971-72 season.
Moren and company know not to get too comfortable at a conference that places six teams in the Associated Press’s top 25 poll. Moren was clearly emotional after the Illinois win but said she’s glad it’s over and the team can move on.
How to watch Indiana vs. Michigan
- Who: No. 6 Indiana Hoosiers (17-1)(7-1) vs. No. 14 Michigan Wolverines (16-3)(6-2)
- When: Monday Jan 23, 2023 8:15pm ET
- Where from: Crisler Center – Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Transmission: BTN
- Radio: WHCC 105.1