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Indiana Falls to Michigan in Big Ten Tournament

March 7, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Tenth-seeded Indiana fell in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to seventh-seeded Michigan in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday night, 82-57. Alexis Gassionled Indiana with 12 points in the effort.

Back-to-back layups by Tabitha Gerardot and Milika Taufaput Indiana ahead 11-8 at the 14:50 mark of the first half early on. Michigan then scored seven quick points in under two minutes to take a four-point lead. That run started a 5:04 minute span where the Wolverines outscored IU 18-2 to take a 26-13 lead with 9:34 to go in the half.

IU's Simone Deloachhalted that UM outburst with a layup. The Hoosiers later strung together five quick points with a Brooks jumper and a Gassion 3-point field goal to cut the deficit to 12 before Michigan took a 43-28 lead into the halftime break.

The Wolverines hit a field goal 15 seconds into the half to extend their advantage to 17. Taylor Aglerthen started a rally for the Hoosiers with a trey before Gerardot hit a free throw. Gassion made a 3-pointer at the 17:49 mark to cap a 7-0 IU run to cut the deficit to just 10 points, 45-35.

Indiana would cut the deficit to 10 on six separate occasions during the second half. With the score reading 59-49, Indiana's Brooks had a wide-open 3-point attempt at the 9:33 mark just miss that would have made the margin seven points. Instead, Michigan seized momentum by stringing together a 12-0 outburst to put the game and IU's hopes of an upset out of reach.

The Wolverines had five players score in double digits led by Cyesha Goree's 18 points and 11 rebounds. Shannon Smith added 16 points for Michigan as Nicole Elmblad achieved a double-double as well with 15 points and 11 boards.

Gassion added six boards to her stat line to go along with three blocks and a pair of assists. Jenn Anderson, Tabitha Gerardot and Milika Taufaall finished with eight points for the Hoosiers.

Michigan shot 50.0 percent from the field and outscored IU 24-8 in both second-chance points and points off turnovers. Indiana shot 41.0 percent overall and had 20 points come from the bench.

The Hoosiers will now wait their fate for a postseason berth. All postseason tournament fields will be announced by Tuesday, March 18.


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