Jan. 19, 2012
With the 58-48 victory tonight, Michigan improved to 15-4 for the season and 5-2 in Big Ten Conference play. The Wolverines now hold a 5-4 mark in true road games this season.
Tonight's game was the 63rd meeting between Michigan and Northwestern, with the Wildcats owning a 36-27 series advantage. U-M's win tonight marks its fourth consecutive win over Northwestern.
Thursday's matchup marked the first of two meetings between Michigan and Northwestern this regular season. The Wolverines will host the Wildcats on Feb. 2 at Crisler Center.
Michigan held a 24-15 halftime lead in tonight's game. The Maize and Blue improved to 14-1 on the season when holding the lead at halftime.
U-M extended its three-point shooting streak to 177 consecutive games. The last time Michigan did not hit a three-pointer was during the 2005-06 season.
With the win, Kevin Borseth moved to 7-3 all-time against Northwestern, with all of his matchups against the Wildcats taking place as head coach at U-M.
Overall, Michigan shot 37.3 percent (19-of-51) from the field; 26.7 percent (8-of-30) in the first half and 52.4 percent (11-of-21) in the second half. U-M shot 36 percent (9-of-25) from three-point range; 35.3 percent (6-of-17) in the first half and 37.5 percent (3-of-8) in the second half.
Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting while also connecting on 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Sheffer has now posted double figures in 14-of-19 games on the season.
Junior Sam Arnold, a native of the Chicago metro area, scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting. In her previous three games, Arnold shot a combined 9-of-13 for 69 percent.
Senior Courtney Boylan matched a career high with seven assists. Boylan's previous career high came against Alcorn State on Nov. 12, 2010.
Sophomore Kendra Seto had a career-high seven rebounds in tonight's game. Seto's previous career high was four rebounds, which came against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 24, 2011.
Junior Jenny Ryan had a team-high eight rebounds and six steals.
U-M's defense forced Northwestern into 26 turnovers, leading to 22 points. Michigan is 12-3 this season when forcing its opponent into 15 or more turnovers.
Michigan's reserves outscored Northwestern's bench players 17-3. Three Wolverines scored off the bench tonight: Sam Arnold (9), Kate Thompson (5) and Kendra Seto (3).
For the fourth consecutive game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Courtney Boylan, Nya Jordan, Jenny Ryan, Carmen Reynolds and Rachel Sheffer.