Early Deficit Hurts Michigan in Loss at Penn State
Kate Thompson

Jan. 12, 2012

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Site: State College, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
Score: Penn State 78, Michigan 63
Records: U-M (13-4, 2-2 Big Ten), PSU (12-4, 2-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, Jan. 15 -- vs. Minnesota (Crisler Center), Noon

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team fell behind early and, despite some offensive spurts, could not come back, dropping a 78-63 decision to Penn State on Thursday night (Jan. 12) at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) led the Wolverines in scoring for the third time this season, tallying 18 points while dishing four assists. Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) added 10 points and five rebounds, and Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) posted team highs in rebounds (6) and assists (6).

Michigan hit 34.3 percent from the floor (23-of-67), including 32 percent (8-of-25) from the three-point arc, while getting 32 points from bench scoring.

Penn State shot 57 percent in the first half and 54 percent in the second to finish 31-of-56 for 55.4 percent. The Lady Lions were led by Maggie Lucas' game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Alex Bentley chipped in 12 points, six assists and five boards. Zhaque Gray posted 15 points, hitting 6-of-12, with Nikki Greene registering a game-high nine rebounds to match nine points.

The Wolverines experienced a tough first half and trailed 41-29 into the locker room. After leading 5-2, Michigan fell behind from a 17-2 run by Penn State for a 19-7 score with 13:08 to play. The Wolverines hit another drought, and the Lady Lions extended the lead to the largest of the half, 26-9, with 10:46 left.

Michigan end the half by outscoring PSU 20-15, starting with Boylan's mid-range jumper and ending with Nya Jordan's (Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Community) layup as the first-half clock expired. Seven players contributed during the run, with Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) leading the way with five points.

To start the second half, Penn State opened up its largest lead of the night, 62-40 at the 13:41 mark, and the Wolverines could not cut the gap closer than 14 points despite shooting 42 percent from three-point range in the period.

Michigan will host Minnesota on Sunday (Jan. 15) at Crisler Center. Tipoff is scheduled for noon, and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

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