Jan. 17, 2013
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: #25 Michigan 67, Northwestern 53
Records: U-M (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten), NW (8-9, 0-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Jan. 21 -- vs. Penn State (Crisler Center), 6:30 p.m. [ Tickets ]
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Behind a school-record seven three-pointers from senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), the No. 25-ranked University of Michigan women's basketball team won its 10th consecutive game with a 67-53 victory over Northwestern on Thursday night (Jan. 17) at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Michigan is now 4-0 in Big Ten action for the first time in school history.
Thompson led the way for Michigan offensively, scoring 23 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field, including a 7-for-10 showing from behind the arc. Senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) joined her in double figures, scoring 12 points with eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds. Michigan shot 45.1 percent (23-for-51) from the field and out-rebounded Northwestern, 40-25.
Michigan jumped out to an 11-2 advantage in the opening minutes, forcing an early Northwestern timeout with 16:17 on the clock. Four points from senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet), lay-ups by Jordan and Elmblad and a trey from Thompson put Michigan on top in the early going.
The Wolverines led by as many as 10 points in the first half, taking a 29-23 advantage into the locker room. Thompson scored a team-high nine points on three three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes, with Jordan chipping in six points. Michigan shot 41 percent (12-for-29) from the floor in the half, compared to 37.5 percent (9-for-24) for the Wildcats.
The Maize and Blue scored the first five points of the second half off a Thompson trey and a Jordan lay-up, extending its lead to 11 points (34-23) and resulting in a Wildcat timeout with 17:11 to go in the game. The timeout did not deter Michigan, as the Wolverines extended their lead to 21 points off Thompson's seventh trey of the game with 13:31 to go in the game.
Michigan's lead grew to as many as 23 points, before Northwestern cut the U-M lead to 10 points with 57 seconds remaining. The Wolverines then hit four consecutive free throws, two each from Thompson and Elmblad in the closing seconds to record the 14-point win.
U-M returns to action on Monday (Jan. 21), hosting Penn State at 6:30 p.m. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network.
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