Thursday's college basketball: Michigan women return from shutdown with win over Purdue

Associated Press

West Lafayette, Ind. — Naz Hillmon scored 21, Leigha Brown added 20 and No. 12 Michigan returned from a three-week COVID layoff with a 62-49 win over Purdue on Thursday night.

The Wolverines had not played since Jan. 21, a memorable game in which Hillmon set a school record for points — male or female — with 50 in an 81-77 loss to No. 11 Ohio State. A department-wide pause in athletic activity followed and six games were postponed.

Purdue's Zach Edey (15) makes a pass to Mason Gillis, top right, amidst Minnesota defenders in the second half.

The Wolverines (11-1, 6-1 Big Ten) may have been a little rusty on offense but certainly not on defense. Michigan shot 39% (21 of 54), including 2 of 15 from 3-point range and had 20 turnovers. However, the defense forced 22 turnovers and had a 39-18 rebounding advantage.

Akienreh Johnson grabbed 12 rebounds and Hillmon 10 for her ninth double-double of the year and 28th of her career. Brown, who had not played since Jan. 3 because of individual cornavirus protocol, was 4 of 13 from the field but 11 of 14 from the foul line. Michigan made 18 of 23 free throws, Purdue 7 of 16.

Kayana Traylor had 15 points for the Boilermakers (6-10, 3-6), who have lost four straight. Madison Layden added 13.

Despite the almost matching turnovers, Michigan got 24 points after miscues to just 12 for Purdue, which was outscored 17-2 on second-chance points after being outrebounded 15-1 on the offensive end.

The lead was double figures throughout the fourth quarter.

Michigan is off for a week before heading to Indiana on Thursday.

Thursday’s Big Ten

(At) Minnesota 71, No. 24 Purdue 68: Marcus Carr scored 19, Gabe Kalscheur 16 and Minnesota rallied late. Brandon Johnson scored 15 and Liam Robbins added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota (12-7, 5-7 Big Ten), which trailed by five with 2 minutes to play.

Trevion Williams led Purdue with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Hunter Jr. had 14 points and Zach Edey added 13 for the Boilermakers (13-8, 8-6).