Michigan can’t match No. 6 Indiana, losing 92-83

ANN ARBOR — The Hoosiers didn’t miss much, and when they did, they often got the ball back. Michigan couldn’t keep up, falling to No. 6 Indiana 92-83 Monday night at the Crisler Center.

The loss ended the Wolverines’ triple-win streak and lowered their record to 16-4 (6-3 in the Big Ten). They’ll need to regroup quickly on Thursday with a trip to 10th-placed Maryland.

Michigan fell behind early Monday and never came closer than six behind in the second half, despite Leigha Brown’s career-high 31 points.

Indiana improved to 18-1 (8-1) with star center Mackenzie Holmes (25 points, 10 rebounds) making it inside and her teammates catching fire from deep. Sara Scalia scored 19 points for the Hoosiers, who shot 52 percent from the field, 9 of 18 of 3, and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds.

Brown hit 11 of 16 field goals and 8 of 11 free throws while Laila Phelia added 21 points. Emily Kiser, the team’s top scorer this season, scored 15 points but only shot 4 of 13.

Michigan trailed by 10 after the first and second quarters and by 12 entering the fourth.

The teams will meet again in Bloomington on February 16th. Michigan lost a similar game at home earlier this month, falling to Iowa 94-85.

On Monday, Brown scored to open fourth and cut the deficit to 10. Indiana’s Sydney Parrish responded with her third 3-pointer of the night.

Holmes picked up her fourth foul 90 seconds into the quarter and went to the bench. Michigan scored the next six points to come within seven.

Kiser hit with a reverse layup. Brown’s cross-court pass found Phelia, who put in a contested 3 with 4:48 left. It reduced Indiana’s lead to six, 77-71, the closest it had been in the entire half. Indiana made the next two hoops to put it straight back into double figures, and Michigan’s all-out pressure on the court wasn’t effective enough to pull off a comeback.

Indiana made its first three shots of the half, including a pair of 3s, to take a 56-42 lead. Michigan had kept their last three opponents under 60 points; Indiana reached that number in the third quarter with six minutes remaining. Scalia’s 3 left at 3:52 in the quarter, giving her 17 points and pushing Indiana’s lead to the same number.

The Wolverines started getting some stops — and rebounds — to reduce the deficit to 68-56 as they entered fourth. They had a chance to get closer if not for a few turnovers.

Indiana led 48-38 at halftime, making 20 of 37 shots and catching eight offensive rebounds.

Holmes opened the second quarter with her fifth basket to extend Indiana’s lead to 12. Michigan made a push to reduce the deficit to four. Phelia banked a 3 from the right wing. Nolan stole a pass and then hit a 3 from a baseline out of bounds. However, Indiana continued to hit the offensive glass to gain additional possession and went up nine. Hobbs’ transition 3 from the corner shortened to four again. Back-to-back Indiana 3s and a Holmes layup made it 48-36. Brown’s bucket with 1:05 left provided the final points of the half.

Indiana came out firing. Half of the Hoosiers’ first 16 shots were 3s, and the third shot gave them a 22-14 lead. Brown and Phelia were aggressive early on and by then had 12 points combined. Indiana ended the quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 26-16 lead.

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