Jan. 30, 2012
Site: Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
Score: Wisconsin 66, Michigan 60
Records: U-M (16-6, 5-4 Big Ten), Wisconsin (8-13, 4-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 2 -- vs. Northwestern (Crisler Center), 6:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team's second-half effort was clipped in the waning minutes in a 66-60 loss at Wisconsin on Monday night (Jan. 30) inside the Kohl Center.
Trailing three times by 16 in the second half, including 47-31 with 11:17 to play, Michigan scored 16 unanswered points to even the score. Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) tallied seven points and Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) hit three-point baskets during the run. With a three-point basket with 9:26 on the clock, Reynolds became Michigan's all-time leader in three-pointers made.
The Wolverines tied it twice more down the stretch, with their last coming at the 3:54 mark with the score even at 51. However, Wisconsin finished off the game with a 15-9 run, hitting 7-of-8 free throws to close it out.
Sheffer led Michigan, recording her first career double-double with 20 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and Thompson chipped in 11 points each. Boylan posted a game-high four assists and Thompson hit 4-of-8 from the floor while adding four steals.
Michigan trailed from the start of the game and for the second consecutive game, finished the first half with a season low, trailing the Badgers, 26-16, at the break.
For the game, U-M shot 37.9 percent from the floor, connecting 24 percent from behind the arc and scoring 16 points from turnovers. Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) posted one of Michigan's eight steals for her 200th career swipe.
Wisconsin hit 44.6 percent from the field for the game and 90.9 percent from the line, with Taylor Wurtz registering a game-high, 21 points, from 7-of-13 shooting. Jade Davis added 13 points, hitting 4-of-8, and Anya Covington posted a team-high eight boards.
Michigan returns home to face Northwestern on Thursday (Feb. 2). Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. inside Crisler Center, with the game scheduled to be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Zena Lewis (734) 763-4423
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