Jan. 6, 2013
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Score: Michigan 68, Iowa 64
Records: U-M (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten), Iowa (12-4, 1-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 13 -- vs. Wisconsin (Crisler Center), 2 p.m. [ Tickets ]
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Behind a career-best 26 points from senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet), the University of Michigan women's basketball team won its eighth straight contest, knocking of Iowa, 68-64, on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 6) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Michigan's 13-2 start is the best start in program history.
Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) chipped in 19 points, 17 in the first half, with senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) going for seven points and seven rebounds. U-M shot exactly 50 percent (24-for-48), with Iowa only hitting 37.1 percent of its shots (23-for-62). The Maize and Blue won the rebounding battle, out-rebounding the Hawkeyes by three, 35-32.
Michigan scored the first basket of the game on a Thompson trey, but Iowa responded with a 10-0 run for a 10-3 lead at the 16:13 mark. The Wolverines answered right back, going on an 8-0 spurt, capped by another Thompson three-pointer, for an 11-10 advantage with 13:52 to go in the frame.
The teams went back-and-forth until Thompson's fifth trey of the half pushed Michigan ahead, 27-24, with 5:26 remaining in the half. The Wolverines led the rest of the frame, opening up a lead as large as eight points, before Iowa hit a three-pointer right before time expired to send U-M to the break with a 35-30 lead.
Thompson led all scorers with 17 points, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc, while Sheffer chipped in 10 points during the first 20 minutes. U-M shot 56.5 percent (13-for-23) from the floor in the half, compared to 39.3 percent (11-for-28) for the Hawkeyes.
Coming out of the half, Iowa scored the first basket, before Sheffer scored a quick five points to push Michigan's lead back to eight, 40-32, with 17:02 to go. Michigan took its largest lead of the contest off a three-pointer from senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central), grabbing a 13-point lead with 6:19 remaining.
Iowa responded with a 15-4 run, getting within two points off a three-point play with 1:01 to go in the contest. Ryan hit two free throws on Michigan's ensuing possession to put the Wolverines on top, 66-62, with 51 seconds to go in the game. Iowa managed just two points the rest of the game, as Michigan made good on two of its next four free throws to provide the winning margin of four.
Michigan will return to action next Sunday (Jan. 13), hosting Wisconsin at Crisler Center at 2 p.m. The game will appear live on the Big Ten Network.
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