Jan. 7, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 63, Iowa 46
Records: Michigan (10-5, 2-3 Big Ten), Iowa (8-8, 1-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 10 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 1 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) posted her first double-double of the season with a career-best 18 rebounds and 10 points to lead the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 63-46 win over Iowa on Thursday (Jan. 7) at Crisler Arena. Michigan earns the series sweep of the Hawkeyes, its first since the 2000-01 season.
Also in double figures for the Wolverines were sophomore forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) with 13 points and freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) and senior center Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) with 12 points each. Phillips also added a game-best four blocks in the win.
Michigan, which never trailed in the contest, shot 36.2 percent on 21-of-58 shooting from the floor and pulled down 46 rebounds while holding the Hawkeyes to 29.5 percent shooting (18-of-61) and only 18.2 percent (6-of-33) in the first half.
Out of halftime, Iowa's Jamie Printy netted a triple and the Hawkeyes capitalized on several Michigan defensive breakdowns to cut the lead to 36-27 with only five minutes off the game clock. However, U-M weathered the storm and went on a short 7-3 burst with points from Reynolds and sophomore guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) to push the lead back into double digits. The Hawkeyes had one more push in them midway through the contest and cut it to nine points with two baskets out of a media timeout, but Michigan scored the next five baskets and coasted to the victory.
Michigan established some inside presence early with the play of Phillips, who had six of U-M's 12 points through the first eight minutes of the game. The Wolverines turned it up a notch as the half progressed and, with a quick 5-0 run sparked by a basket from Hollins, pushed their lead to 16-9 at the 10:59 mark and held the Hawkeyes scoreless for nearly three minutes, running their lead to 22-9.
Hicks put some distance between Michigan and Iowa with two three-pointers to give U-M its largest lead of the half at 19 points. U-M, known for its defense, really pressured the Hawkeyes on that side of the ball and forced four first-half turnovers.
Michigan hits the road for its next contest and will travel to Madison, Wis., for a matchup with the Badgers on Sunday (Jan. 10). Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CST at the Kohl Center. The game will be webcast on BigTenNetwork.com.
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