Jan. 30, 2011
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)
Score: Minnesota 60, Michigan 50
Records: U-M (13-8, 6-3 Big Ten), Minnesota (10-12, 2-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 3 -- Penn State (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team had its four-game win streak halted with a 60-50 loss at Minnesota on Sunday (Jan. 30) at Williams Arena. The Wolverines were led by sophomore center/forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet), who had a team-best 13 points. Sheffer was joined in double figures by junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska), who added 10 points in the loss.
The Wolverines, who trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, cut the Minnesota lead to 41-40 midway through the second frame with a three-pointer from Sheffer. However, the Gophers' advantage swelled to the eventual 10-point final.
U-M shot just 28.0 percent (7-of-25) in the first half -- a new season low -- and was outrebounded by more than 10 boards for the first time in the last five games.
Out of halftime, U-M cut the deficit to seven points behind a pair of free throws from Sheffer, but Minnesota increased its lead back to 10, before Michigan chipped away at the lead and with a 9-2 run -- which was fueled by the play of Boylan, who had back-to-back buckets -- cut a once 15-point lead to one possession at 38-35 at the 11:11 mark.
Minnesota jumped out to a 7-1 lead to open the game and held the Wolverines to just a free throw through the opening five minutes. Sophomore forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) ended U-M's drought with a three-pointer at the 15:10 mark to make it 7-4. After the Gophers began to pull away, Michigan cut the Minnesota lead to nine points late in the half behind a late surge and went into the locker room trailing, 31-22.
Michigan heads back to Crisler Arena next week and hosts Penn State on Thursday (Feb. 3) on 7 p.m. Fans can listen live on WTKA AM 1050, with Matt Park and Jennifer Smith on the call and can watch live on www.BigTenNetwork.com.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423
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