Jan. 16, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 75, Wisconsin 59
Records: U-M (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten), UW (9-8, 4-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 20 -- at Northwestern, (Evanston, Ill.), 8 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) recorded her first double-double of the season with a team-best 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Wolverines connected on 11 three-pointers as the University of Michigan women's basketball team posted a 75-59 win over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 16) in Crisler Arena.
Wisconsin made a run with six minutes remaining in the game, cutting a once 19-point U-M lead to just seven points at the 5:10 mark behind a 9-1 run. However, Michigan responded and sealed the game at the free throw line, going 4-of-4 from the stripe down the stretch to pick up its third Big Ten win and snap Wisconsin's two-game winning streak. Junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) and junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) were also in double figures with 20 and 12 points, respectively.
After the Badgers scored two of the first three buckets of the second half, the Wolverines picked it up on the defensive end and held Wisconsin scoreless for nearly three minutes. During that stretch, Michigan scored 10 unanswered points to pull ahead 50-31 for its largest lead of the game at the 14:55 mark.
Michigan shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the field and 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from long range in the contest. U-M has shot better than 40 percent from the field in three of its last five games, and its 45.8 percent from three-point line marks the fourth time this season U-M has shot better than 40 percent from long range.
Michigan opened the game with a 10-3 run fueled by triples from Hicks and Reynolds. The Wolverines showcased their defense in the opening minutes, forcing the Badgers into a five-second violation and three early turnovers in the first four minutes of action.
The Wolverines pulled ahead 26-11, their largest lead of the first half, courtesy of three-pointers from sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) late in the half. Michigan took a 25-22 lead into the locker room and moved to 9-2 on the season when leading at the halftime break.
The Wolverines are next in action in Thursday (Jan. 20) when they head to Evanston, Ill., to take on Big Ten foe Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CST, and fans can follow along on WTKA AM 1050 or live on www.BigTenNetwork.com.
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