Indiana women’s basketball will begin a hectic stretch of Big Ten play tonight when Michigan visits Assembly Hall. The contest is the first of three in a six day stretch for the Hoosiers.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game:
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Thursday, January 4th, 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: WHCC 105.1 / WIUX 99.1
#14 Indiana (11-1, 2-0 Big Ten) survived Illinois at home 77-71 last time out. A Yarden Garzon corner three with under a minute remaining played dagger in the back-and-forth New Year’s Eve affair.
Garzon, a sophomore, put the game away but Indiana mainly relied on their leadership to get past the frisky Illini, a side the Hoosiers struggled to get past in Assembly Hall last year, too.
Senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil tied her career high with 19 points while graduate forward Mackenzie Holmes extended Indiana’s streak of games with a 30+ point scorer to three with 30 points off 10-14 (71%) shooting from the field. Holmes owns the ninth-best FG% in the country at 66.2%.
The win gives Indiana the Big Ten’s longest active winning streak at 10 games. You can read more about the victory here.
(RV) Michigan (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) owns the Big Ten’s best scoring defense and surrenders just 55.2 points per game.
The Wolverines pulled the first big upset of conference play by knocking off #17 Ohio State 69-60 in Ann Arbor over the weekend. Michigan are the first team to hold Ohio State to fewer than 70 points in a game this year and preseason All-Big Ten guard Laila Phelia dropped a season high 26 to get it done on the other end.
The knock on Michigan over the last few seasons has been a low ceiling compared to the other elite Big Ten teams in Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, and Ohio State. They haven’t had a true gamewrecker since Naz Hillmon, the program’s first All-American, went pro in 2022 but Phelia is becoming one as we speak.
The Wolverines ability to turn games into rockfights will keep them in games against anyone. Tonight’s winner cements itself as the conference’s clear number two to Iowa for the time being.