Jan. 6, 2011
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
Score: Purdue 65, Michigan 64
Records: Michigan (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten), Purdue (10-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 9 -- vs. Michigan State (Crisler Arena), Noon
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds' (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) three-pointer with five seconds remaining fell just short as the University of Michigan women's basketball team suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season, 65-64, at Purdue on Thursday night (Jan. 6) at Mackey Arena.
Trailing 61-60 with less than three minutes left in the game, Michigan took a 64-63 lead on three-pointer from sophomore center/forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet), but the Boilermakers came back down the court and hit a jumper, which proved to be the game-winning basket.
Michigan was led by Reynolds, who had 18 points and four three-pointers, to go along with a team-best eight rebounds. Also in double figures for the Wolverines were junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska), who had 11, and sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), who added 13 points off the bench.
The Boilermakers held the Wolverines without a field goal for more than six minutes midway through the second half and cut the Michigan lead to one point (56-55) before taking their first lead (58-56) since midway through the first half at the 7:22 mark. Purdue, which shot just 35.5 percent in the second half, cut U-M's 11-point lead to two points behind an 11-2 run, but Michigan forced several turnovers and extended its lead to 56-51 midway through the second half.
The Wolverines trailed 21-14 at the 11:29 mark of the first half, but used a 8-0 spurt to cut the Purdue lead to one point at 21-20, and with a fastbreak bucket from sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central), took their first lead of the game. U-M got some help off the bench from Thompson, who had six of U-M's points during the run.
Reynolds found her three-point range in the first half. After going 0-of-5 from long range against Iowa (Jan. 2), Reynolds was a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc in the first half and led the Wolverines in scoring with 16 first-half points, while Thompson contributed 11 off the bench in the opening 20 minutes. The Wolverines as a team shot 56.2 percent (18-of-32) in the first half and were 54.4 percent (6-of-11) from long range.
Michigan returns home to take on in-state rival and current No. 11-ranked Michigan State on Sunday (Jan. 9). Fans can catch the game on www.BigTenNetwork.com and on WTKA AM 1050. The game is the first of a "Super Sunday" as the men's team takes on No. 3 Kansas at 4:30 p.m. at Crisler Arena.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423