Jan. 7, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 73, #8 Ohio State 62
Records: U-M (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), OSU (15-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 12 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 6 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team grabbed the lead late in the first half and held on for a 73-62 upset victory over Ohio State (No. 8 AP/No. 11 USA Today) on Saturday night (Jan. 7) at the Crisler Center. U-M's double-digit victory is the program's third straight win over the Buckeyes, who were ranked each time.
Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) powered U-M with a game-high 19 points (6-of-10) and six rebounds playing the entire 40 minutes. Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) added a season-high 13 points off the bench, including 11 in the first half, while Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) scored 11 points and added four rebounds. Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) added eight points, hitting all four free throws on the night.
U-M shot 54.3 percent (25 of 46), including 45.5 percent (5 of 11) from the three-point arc, forcing Ohio State into 15 total turnovers. The Wolverines made the most of their opportunities, scoring 21 points off OSU turnovers.
There were 12 lead changes in the first half, but Michigan led 32-27 at halftime. Boylan scored nine points in the opening minutes, including two jumpers as time expired on the shot clock. Michigan's defense held the Buckeyes to 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Michigan used a quick 11-3 run early in the second half to strengthen the lead, taking a 43-30 advantage with 13:43 on the clock. Jordan and Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) each scored four points during the burst. Reynolds shot 3-for-6 from the floor finishing with nine points.
The Wolverines then used a 13-7 spurt to extend their lead to 56-37. Kate Thompson's (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) free throw gave U-M its largest lead with 8:54 remaining. Thompson finished with eight points.
Ohio State then outscored U-M, 20-6, while using a 13-4 run with nine unanswered points during the stretch to narrow the gap 62-57. However, U-M connected all eight free throws in the last 90 seconds to seal the win.
Michigan's defense held Ohio State to 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the field for the game and 23.8 percent (5-of-21) from the three-point range.
Samantha Prahalis led Ohio State with 17 points; Prahalis shot 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. Tayler Hill added 15 points.
Next, Michigan heads to State College, Pa., on Thursday (Jan. 12) to face Penn State. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center.
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