ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women’s basketball team fell behind early and could not catch up, dropping a 92-83 contest to No. 6-ranked Indiana on Monday evening (Jan. 23) at Crisler Center.
U-M (16-4, 6-3 B1G) closed the Indiana (18-1, 8-1 B1G) lead to six points on a Laila Phelia three-pointer with 4:48 remaining in the game before the Hoosiers scored the next four points to push the lead back to double figures en route to the win. U-M got within six one more time with 38 seconds remaining and again with 20 ticks to go but never got closer.
Leigha Brown scored a career-best 31 points on 11-for-16 shooting from the floor, her first 30-point game as a Wolverine. Phelia went for 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting, with Emily Kiser rounding out Michigan’s double-figure scorers with 15 points and five boards. Maddie Nolan and Jordan Hobbs each went for seven points as U-M shot 48.2 percent from the floor (27-for-56).
The teams traded baskets early before Indiana took an 8-4 lead with four straight points at the 6:03 mark of the first quarter. Phelia answered with a layup and Brown hit a hanging jumper in the lane to close the Indiana lead to 11-10, but IU countered with five straight points as Michigan called timeout with 3:17 left in the first period.
The Maize and Blue again got within two points, 16-14, after a pair of free throws from Brown at the 2:32 mark of the first period. The Hoosiers scored 10 of the…