Michigan Pulls Away Late to Push Aside Badgers
Rachel Sheffer

Jan. 13, 2013

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• Postgame: J. Ryan & R. Sheffer | Coach Barnes Arico

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 54, Wisconsin 43
Records: U-M (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten), UW (8-9, 0-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 17 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 7 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Using a career-high 19 points from senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) and nine points over the final minute of the game, the University of Michigan women's basketball team won its ninth straight game with a 54-43 triumph against Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 13) inside Crisler Center. With the victory, Michigan continues its best start in program history at 14-2 and moves to a perfect 3-0 in conference play for the first time ever.

Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) added nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and seven rebounds. Senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) chipped in seven points and six rebounds, while sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) also contributed seven points to go with three boards.

After winning the opening tipoff, Wisconsin raced out to an early 9-0 lead over the contest's first six minutes. Ryan finally ended Michigan's scoring drought at the 13:27 mark when she stole the ball and converted a layup. This play fueled a 10-2 U-M run, which included a deep three-point shot from senior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) as well as an old-fashioned three-point play from Jordan to bring the Wolverines to within one (11-10) with seven minutes remaining in the half.

Over the final six minutes of the first half, Wisconsin reestablished a seven-point lead, 19-12, before Sheffer responded with a layup, sparking a 4-0 U-M run, which was capped off by a Ryan layup, making the score 19-16 in favor of Wisconsin.

To close out the half Michigan got within two points when Ryan hit a lay-up and ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play, and the Wolverines entered the locker room trailing, 21-19.

Coming out of the halftime break, the Badgers notched a three-pointer on their opening possession to extend their lead to five (24-19). However, following back-to-back baskets by Ryan and Sheffer one minute later, U-M battled to within one point, 26-25. Then, at the 15:37 mark of the second half, Michigan took its first lead of the game on a three-point play by Elmblad, giving U-M a 28-26 lead.

U-M opened a nine-point lead with eight minutes remaining in the game, but the Badgers went on a quick 4-0 run to cut the lead down to five. At the 5:05 mark, Jordan answered with a basket, halting the run to make the score 43-36.

Holding a 45-41 advantage with 3:16 to go, U-M scored nine points over the final minute of the game to put the contest out of reach. A lay-up from Ryan, followed by senior guard Kate Thompson's (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) steal and coast-to-coast finish, put Michigan up eight with 41 seconds remaining. Ryan made good on another three-point play, and Elmblad hit two free throws to send Michigan to the 11-point win.

The Wolverines hit the road for their next contest, traveling to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern on Thursday (Jan. 17). Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.

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