Jan. 9, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #11 Michigan State 63, Michigan 56
Records: U-M (9-7, 2-2 Big Ten), Michigan State (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 5,926 (record crowd)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 16 -- vs. Wisconsin (Crisler Arena), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) scored 15 second-half points, including eight of U-M's final 14 points, but the University of Michigan women's basketball team dropped a 63-56 contest to Michigan State on Sunday (Jan. 9) in front of a program-record crowd of 5,926 at Crisler Arena.
Hicks led all scorers with 20 points and was one of three Wolverines in double figures; junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) had 13 points and sophomore forward/center Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) scored 10. Sheffer also led the way on the glass for Michigan with a team-best eight rebounds.
Trailing the Spartans 54-46 with less than three minutes remaining in the game, Hicks hit her third three-pointer of the game to cut the Spartan lead to five points at the 3:15 mark of the second half, but that was as close as the Wolverines got as Michigan dropped its second consecutive Big Ten contest.
Michigan State pulled out to a 30-24 lead early in the second half, but the Wolverines cut the Spartan lead to five points at 35-30 with just five minutes off the second-half game clock. The Spartans took a 37-30 lead at the 14:57 mark as Michigan State had 21 points off offensive rebounds for the game. The Wolverines started to cut into the lead and baskets from Hicks and Reynolds cut the Michigan State lead to two points -- the smallest U-M deficit for the remainder of the game -- at 41-39 at the 9:18 mark.
The game started slowly for both teams with Michigan taking a 5-3 lead through the first several minutes of action. U-M then jumped out to a 15-8 lead behind the play of Sheffer and Hicks as the pair combined for each of U-M's points in a 10-0 run midway through the first half.
The Spartans used an 8-0 run to take a 16-15 lead, their first lead since the opening minutes of the game. The remainder of the half proved to be a back-and-forth affair with neither team taking a decisive lead until the Spartans closed on a 5-2 burst over the final three minutes to take a 27-22 lead into the halftime break.
Michigan is next in action on Sunday (Jan. 16) when it welcomes Big Ten foe Wisconsin to Crisler Arena for an afternoon matinee at 2 p.m. Fans can follow along on WTKA AM 1050 or live on www.BigTenNetwork.com.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423