Jan. 26, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Penn State 77, Michigan 56
Records: U-M (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten), Penn State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Jan. 30 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 6:30 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team fell behind in the first half as a result of a 17-1 Lady Lion run, suffering its first home loss of the season, a 77-56 setback to Penn State (No. 18 AP/No. 19 ESPN/USA Today) on Thursday night (Jan. 26) inside Crisler Center.
Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) notched a team-high 12 points, on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor, and four rebounds. Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) contributed 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
Overall, Michigan hit 34.4 percent from the floor (22-of-64) while getting 36 points in the paint and 23 points from bench scoring.
Penn State shot 48 percent in the first half and 66 percent in the second to finish at 56 percent for the game. The Lady Lions were led by Maggie Lucas' game-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 2-of-4 from three-point range. Alex Bentley added 18 points, and a game-high eight assists and four boards. Nikki Greene registered a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Maize and Blue shot 24.2 percent from the floor in the first half to trail 35-19 heading into the locker room. Michigan fell behind early when Penn State raced out to an early 8-2 lead at the 16:07 mark. Following this spurt, U-M battled back to tie the score at 8-8 with 12:18 remaining in the first period, a run that was capped off by a Boylan jumper in the lane.
The Lady Lions countered the Wolverines' run, outscoring U-M, 17-1, over the next 5:51 stretch.
In the second, Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) nailed a three-pointer with 16:44 remaining in the second period and Boylan notched a layup to pull Michigan to within 16 points at the 15:53 mark.
However, down the stretch, Penn State opened up its largest lead of the night, 71-40, with 6:13 left on the clock. The Wolverines were unable to battle back despite shooting 45.2 percent from the field in the period.
Next Monday (Jan. 30), Michigan will hit the road when it travels to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Zena Lewis (734) 763-4423