Jan. 2, 2011
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Score: Michigan 60, #14 Iowa 53
Records: U-M (9-5, 2-0 Big Ten), Iowa (12-3, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 6 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 6:30 p.m.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) tied her career high with 18 points and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line to lead a trio of players in double figures as the University of Michigan women's basketball team picked up its third consecutive win over a ranked opponent with a 60-53 upset win at No. 14 Iowa on Sunday (Jan. 2) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win marks head coach Kevin Borseth's 500th in his coaching career (Division I and Division II).
Also in double figures for Michigan was sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich. /Nouvel Catholic Central) with 15 points, one shy of her career high, and senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) with 11 points. Junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) led the way on the glass with 10 rebounds, tying her career high.
Michigan, which never trailed in the second half, maintained a double-figure lead for the majority of the second half before the Hawkeyes climbed back down the stretch. In the final 1:47, Iowa twice cut the lead to four points, but U-M sealed the game from the free throw line, hitting six of its final nine free throw attempts to move to 2-0 in Big Ten action.
U-M kept the momentum going from the first half and opened the second half with a 10 -5 run -- with all 10 points coming in the paint -- to take a 36-26 lead, its largest lead of the game, at the 16:19 mark of the second half. Iowa cut the lead to five points with back-to-back baskets from Morgan Johnson, but U-M responded with a 5-0 burst, including a triple from Hicks to keep the lead at 10 points.
It was a slow start from both teams to open the game. Iowa opened the game 1-of-8 from the floor and Michigan was just 1-of-3 from the floor through the first media timeout. Sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) tied the game at 5-5 with three-point play after hitting a basket underneath and getting fouled.
Iowa took it largest lead of the half at the 4:13 mark of the first stanza, but after a timeout from the U-M bench, the Wolverines went on a 13-1 run to close the half, including scoring the last eight points of the half. Ryan led the Wolverines with nine of U-M's 13 points during the run as U-M took a 26-21 lead into halftime. Ryan, who posted 13 first-half points, was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and the free throw line.
Michigan will conclude its two-game road swing at Purdue on Thursday (Jan. 6) in a nationally televised game on the Big Ten Network. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Purdue's Mackey Arena. Fans can also follow the action on WTKA AM 1050 with Matt Park on the call.
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