Jan. 23, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 57, Purdue 45
Records: U-M (12-7, 5-2 Big Ten), Purdue (13-7, 4-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 27 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) scored a team-best 13 points off the bench as the University of Michigan women's basketball team defeated Purdue, 57-45, in Big Ten action Sunday (Jan. 23) at Crisler Arena.
Arnold, who led the Wolverines in scoring for the second time this season, was joined in double figures by junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) and sophomore center/forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet ), who each posted 11 points. Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill. /Thornwood) led the Wolverines with seven rebounds.
Coming out of the halftime break tied 25-25, Michigan used a 17-5 run to open the half and take a 42-30 lead at the 12:10 mark. The Wolverines offense was bolstered by the three-point shooting of Arnold and Hicks, who hit back-to-back triples to give U-M a 12-point lead, its largest lead of the game.
The Boilermakers cut into the U-M lead with less than eight minutes remaining and trimmed the lead to 42-36, but it was as close as Purdue would get as Michigan earned its third consecutive Big Ten win. The U-M defense forced 20 Purdue turnovers, including nine in the second half, which led to 14 Wolverine points.
Purdue opened the game with a 7-3 run, but two three-pointers from junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) and bucket on the inside from Sheffer cut the deficit to just one point at the 15:02 mark.
With Purdue holding a 21-16 lead at the 6:58 mark of the first half, the Wolverines went on a 7-0 to grab a 23-21 edge. The teams traded buckets for the remainder of the first half with neither team taking more than a two-point advantage the rest of the half, which featured five ties and three lead changes. The teams went into the halftime break deadlocked at 25-25.
Michigan starts a two-game road trip on Thursday (Jan. 27) when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the No. 25-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a televised contest. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. Fans can listen live to Matt Park on the call on WTKA AM 1050.
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