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Thursday’s basketball: Indiana women defeat Michigan

Detroit News wires and staff

Bloomington, Ind. — Tyra Buss scored 21 points to go with seven steals and three assists as Indiana upended a ranked opponent for the first time this season, beating No. 20 Michigan 72-61 on Thursday.

Amanda Cahill added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana, which has won three straight. Karlee McBride, coming off the bench, added 13 with two 3-pointers and a pair of steals. Alexis Gassion added 10 points and seven boards. The Hoosiers forced 17 turnovers and halted Michigan’s six-game winning streak.

Michigan won the opening tip but little else as Indiana ended the first quarter on a 13-0 run, staking itself a 23-8 lead, extended it to 23 points in the second quarter and shot 50 percent from the floor on the way to a 40-22 halftime lead.

The Hoosiers (18-8, 8-5 Big Ten) finished 26 of 56 from the field (46 percent) and remain in fourth place in the Big Ten standings. They now trail third-place Michigan by just two in the loss column with Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois remaining.

Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan with 23 points but was 0-for-7 shooting from 3-point range and the Wolverines (21-6, 10-3), ranked first nationally in 3-point shooting percentage, went just 4 of 19 from deep (21 percent).

More state women

(At) Michigan State 85, Minnesota 69: Branndais Agee scored 30, Tori Jankoska had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and Taryn McCutcheon had 12 assists for Michigan State (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten). Minnesota is 14-13, 5-9.

(At) Illinois-Chicago 63, Detroit Mercy 62: Terri Bender made two free throws with 3 seconds left to win it for Illinois-Chicago (5-21, 2-13 Horizon League). Rosanna Reynolds scored 22 and Brianna Cohen 17 for Detroit Mercy (14-11, 10-4).

Oakland 98, (at) Valparaiso 60: Hannah Little scored 15, Leah Somerfield 14 and Taylor Gleason 13 for Oakland (14-11, 8-6 Horizon). Valparaiso is 7-19, 2-13.

(At) Northwood 66, Wayne State 61: Jordyn Nurenburg scored 16, Maddy Seeley 14 and Lindsay Orwat 10 for Northwood (14-10, 11-8 GLIAC). Christina Green scored 13 for Wayne State (7-19, 4-15).

State men

Wayne State 77, (at) Northwood 68: Wayne State (15-8, 12-7) clinched a spot in the GLIAC Tournament for the first time since 2012-13. George Spencer scored 19 and Chuck Key and Marcus Moore 14 each for Wayne State. Brad Schaub scored 21 for Northwood (5-23, 3-16).

Top 25 men

(At) No. 1 Gonzaga 96, San Francisco 61: Nigel Williams-Goss scored 30 points as Gonzaga extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 27 games. Przemek Karnowski added 23 points and seven rebounds for Gonzaga (27-0, 15-0 West Coast), which is seeking to become the first team since Kentucky in 2015 to go undefeated in the regular season.

Chase Foster had 15 points and Matt McCarthy added 11 for San Francisco (18-10, 8-7). San Francisco has dropped 11 straight to Gonzaga and 28 in a row in Spokane dating to 1989.

No. 5 Arizona 78, (at) Washington St. 59: Lauri Markkanen scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds to help Arizona overcome an early deficit.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright added a game-high 20 points for the Wildcats and hit 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Arizona (24-3, 13-1 Pac-12) trailed for just over 10 minutes in the first half, but carried a 16-6 run into halftime, when it led by nine.

Washington State’s leading scorer Josh Hawkinson struggled against Arizona’s interior size. He finished with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, and struggled in both matchups against the Arizona this season.

The Wildcats missed the defense of Kadeem Allen, who did not play due to a dislocated pinky.

Ike Iroegbu led the Cougars (11-15, 4-10) with 17 points.

(At) No. 7 Oregon 79, Utah 61: Dillon Brooks scored 20 points and Oregon extended its home winning streak to 41 games.

Jordan Bell added 17 points for the Ducks (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12), who wore new neon green uniforms that glowed under blacklights during player introductions.

Jayce Johnson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Utah (17-8, 8-6), playing without top scorer Kyle Kuzma because of a sprained ankle.