Jan. 27, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Iowa 63, #23 Michigan 57
Records: U-M (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten), Iowa (16-5, 5-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 31 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 7 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A career-high 20 points from senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) was not enough, as the No. 23-ranked University of Michigan women's basketball team was clipped by Iowa, 63-57, on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 27) at Crisler Center. The Hawkeyes outscored the Wolverines, 10-3, over the final five minutes in a matchup that included 10 lead changes and five ties.
Three other Wolverines scored in double figures, including senior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) with 12 points and five rebounds, senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) with 10 points and seven rebounds, and senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) with 10 points, four rebounds and three blocks. For the game, Michigan shot 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from the floor, while Iowa connected on 46 percent (23-of-50) of its shots.
Ryan started the scoring for the Wolverines, knocking down two straight shots over the first two minutes, giving U-M an early 4-0 advantage, before the Hawkeyes battled back and took their first lead of the game six minutes into play. Both teams exchanged baskets over the next five minutes of play and were tied at 14-14 with 9:30 to go in the first half.
The Wolverines went on an 11-0 run over the next three-and-a-half minutes, sparked by Ryan. Trailing 17-16, her running shot in the lane put Michigan back in front, and she followed that up with a steal and coast-to-coast finish to put the Maize and Blue up five. Thompson aided the run, extending the lead with four consecutive makes from the charity stripe to stretch the lead to 10 points at 27-17.
Iowa answered with a 7-0 spurt of its own, cutting the Michigan lead back down to one (29-28) with 1:19 left in the first half. Thompson hit a long three-point shot with 57 seconds to go in the period, and the Wolverines entered the locker room up, 32-30.
Returning to the court for the second half, Jordan opened the scoring with a two-point bucket, which kick-started a 7-0 spurt as U-M reestablished a solid lead at 39-30. However, Iowa regained the lead, 42-41, at the 12:11 mark.
With the game tied up at 46-all, Ryan connected on a three-pointer from the top of the arc to reclaim a two-point advantage for the Wolverines, but Iowa countered with a basket of its own. Nearing the final minutes of play, both teams continued to trade leads until the Hawkeyes went on a 6-0 run starting at the 5:20 mark to gain a late five-point lead, 59-54.
Ryan then drove to the hoop and converted a shot to bring U-M back to within four points (61-57) with 10.3 seconds left in the game, but Iowa collected multiple offensive rebounds in the final minute to finish off the six-point victory.
Michigan hits the road for its next contest, traveling to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on Minnesota on Thursday (Jan. 31). Tipoff against the Gophers is slated for 7 p.m. CST.
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