Though the Michigan women’s basketball team didn’t come out victorious in its overtime loss to rival Ohio State on Sunday, it did play a closely-fought game full of back-and-forth runs between the two teams.
Sunday’s game was a tough loss for the Wolverines, as they had multiple opportunities to win in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, but just couldn’t capitalize on them.
“We had them on the ropes, it was a great game. They jumped on us early but we battled back and kept our composure,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said in a radio interview on WTKA. “Sometimes you get over defeats quickly, but this one is going to take a little bit of time.”
Time, however, is a luxury the Wolverines don’t have. Now, they need to turn around quickly and prepare to face Indiana on Wednesday.
“Today we have to move on, we have to be focused on Indiana, we have to be focused on our next game,” Barnes Arico said. “That game will be with us for the rest of the year and I think it’s going to help us improve and help us get better.”
Though the Hoosiers are just 8-9, they bring young talent to the table for which Michigan must be prepared.
“Indiana is a really good team, they’re led by two all-conference players, Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill, and their other players are inexperienced and young,” Barnes Arico said. “They graduated their other players but they’re a team that has given us a tough game in the past and we know we can’t look past anyone.”
The Hoosiers have just two seniors: Cahill and Buss, a forward and guard, respectively. Buss leads the team with 349 points on the season, averages 20.5 points per game and was named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Cahill has 142 rebounds on the season, averages 8.4 rebounds per game, and found a place on the All-Big Ten Second Team.
The remainder of Indiana’s team, while talented, lacks experience. The Wolverines hope to take advantage of that with their veteran players.
“We had that tough one, but the success of our team, our maturity, our experience (and) our upperclassmen have got to put the young ones on their shoulders and teach them the way,” said Barnes Arico.
And on Wednesday, Michigan must not only face the challenges the Hoosiers present, but also prove that it can bounce back after Sunday’s tough loss.