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Indiana women’s basketball sets program mark for best start in win at Michigan

In a top-15 matchup on the road, Indiana women’s basketball hung on.

The sixth-ranked Hoosiers staved off a fourth-quarter comeback by No. 13 Michigan and left Crisler Center with a 92-83 win.

This win sends Indiana to 18-1 overall, its best start in program history. The Hoosiers also pulled into a three-way tie with No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Iowa for first place in the Big Ten at 8-1.

All-American forward Mackenzie Holmes led the way for Indiana once again. She scored a team-high 25 points while shooting 9 for 16 from the field, and also led the team with 10 rebounds. This was the senior’s sixth double-double in the last seven games.

Guard Sara Scalia shook off a prolonged slump with one of her best games of the season. She shot 7 for 10, including 3 for 5 from 3-point range, for 19 points. Scalia was shooting 18 percent from the field over the previous five games. IU got her some clean looks in the first quarter, and she drained her second 3-point attempt on an in-bound play. That got her rolling.

Each of Indiana’s six primary rotation players scored in double-figures. Junior Sydney Parrish shot 3 for 6 from 3-point range and finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and freshman Yarden Garzon shot 4 for 5 from the field for 10 points with five rebounds.

Senior All-American Grace Berger had just two points on two shot attempts entering the fourth quarter, but she came up with some important buckets in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 points. She added six assists and three rebounds.

Junior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil, who entered the game third in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, led IU with seven assists and committed just two turnovers. She finished with 12 points.

Freshman forward Lilly Meister played 11 minutes off the bench and made some important plays. She finished with four points and six rebounds.

The Hoosiers return home Thursday for, perhaps their biggest game of the season thus far. Indiana hosts No. 2 Ohio State at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, with the Buckeyes coming off their first loss of the season.

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