The U-M women’s basketball team played great in the first half, but needed a couple of clutch baskets by Kate Thompson to fend off Indiana in the second half and hold on for the win last night down at Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines headed into the locker room with a 45-30 lead after Veronica Hicks hit a wide-open three-pointer with 2 seconds on the clock. Carmen Reynolds was the big story in the first half, hitting some big three-pointers on her way to totalling 16 in the first half and 19 for the game.
After the intermission, the two teams played basically even for the first eight minutes or so. Then, Indiana went on a 13-0 run which brought them to within 2 points.
Fortunately, Kate Thompson, hit a three-pointer, and then, after a defensive stop on the other end, she made a nice move in the paint and hit a short jumper to put Michigan up by seven. It was pretty much all over after that. Indiana got into foul trouble, and Michigan rolled up the points at the foul line.
One final note is that this was the worst game I’ve been to this year as far as the officiating goes. The refs made some bad calls in the first half, but got even worse in the second half. So much so, that the crowd started yelling at them. That really hadn’t happened at all this year up to this point. There must be a lot of new refs this year. I hadn’t seen any of this crew before.