Jan. 31, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 66, #23 Penn State 62
Records: U-M (13-8, 5-6 Big Ten), PSU (15-6, 7-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 4 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 7 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior center Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) made two crucial plays during the final minute of the University of Michigan's women's basketball game against No. 23 Penn State to help the Wolverines preserve a 66-62 victory Sunday afternoon (Jan. 31) in front of a record home crowd of 5,926 at Crisler Arena.
With the Wolverines clinging to a 61-60 lead, Phillips forced a held ball with 41 seconds left. She sank her second three-pointer of the game to give Michigan a 64-60 lead with 13 seconds remaining. Sophomore guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) sealed the win by adding two free throws with 2.3 seconds left.
Phillips finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) and sophomore forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) each scored 18 points for Michigan, which won its third straight game in Big Ten play.
Penn State, which entered the game in sole possession of second place in the conference, appeared as though it would keep pressure on first-place Ohio State. The Nittany Lions went on a 19-4 run in the first half, holding Michigan without a field goal for nearly nine minutes to take a 21-6 lead with 11:49 left in the first half.
Michigan heated up late in the first half as Reynolds sparked Michigan's comeback, hitting a layup and then a three-pointer. After starting 1-for-11 from the field, Michigan made seven of its next nine shots and pulled within one point, 25-24, on a three-pointer by freshman forward Nya Jordan (Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community).
Penn State, though, finished the first half on a 9-2 run to take a 34-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Michigan started the second half on a 15-2 run, including three three-pointers, and took its first lead, 38-36, on a basket by Jordan with 15:57 left.
The Wolverines maintained the lead for more than 10 minutes until a pair of Penn State free throws gave the Lady Lions a 55-54 lead with 5:03 left. Michigan stormed right back, though, as Reynolds tied the game with a free throw and then made her third three-pointer, giving Michigan a 58-55 lead with 3:41 left.
Penn State tied the game at 60-all with a layup, but Michigan took the lead for good on a free throw by freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) with 59 seconds left. Phillips tied up the ball on Penn State's next possession and hit her three-pointer as the Wolverines hung on for the upset win.
Michigan travels to Evanston, Ill., on Thursday (Feb. 4) for a 7 p.m. game at Northwestern. Fans can listen to the game on WLBY-AM (1290).
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