Jan. 31, 2013
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)
Score: Minnesota 82, Michigan 67
Records: U-M (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten), Minnesota (14-8, 3-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Feb. 4 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 7:30 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team was outscored, 39-28, in the second half and allowed Minnesota to shoot nearly 60 percent for the contest in an 82-67 road loss on Thursday night (Jan. 31) at Williams Arena.
Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) scored a team-high 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) scored 17, and freshman guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./University Liggett) went for a career-best 10 points. Minnesota shot 59.3 percent (32-for-54) from the floor for the game, including a 52.9 percent (9-for-17) showing from beyond the arc.
Michigan jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the 17:23 mark of the first half, but Minnesota answered with an 11-1 spurt to take a 13-8 lead with 14:33 remaining in the half. The Maize and Blue regained its lead, 17-16, off a Thompson three-pointer with 11:43 to go in the half. Over the next eight minutes, neither team gained a lead more than two points.
Minnesota ended the half on an 11-4 run over the final 3:33 of the frame to take a 43-39 lead at the break. Both teams were effective from the floor in the first half, with Michigan shooting 62.5 percent (15-for-24) and Minnesota managing a 57.1 percent (16-for-28) clip. Thompson led the way for the Wolverines, scoring 12 points, with Sheffer chipping in 11 after the first 20 minutes of play. The first half featured 11 lead changes and six ties as neither team led by more than six.
After Michigan closed to within a point at 50-49 with 15:29 to go, Minnesota responded with a 10-0 run that lasted 2:35 to take a 60-49 lead with 12:27 to go. Senior forward Sam Arnold's (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) baseline jumper at the 11:46 mark stopped the Gopher run.
U-M cut the Gopher lead to seven points off a pair of Arnold free throws with 10:48 to go, but Minnesota once again responded with an 20-9 run to extend its lead to 18, 80-62, with less than four minutes to go.
Michigan scored five of the game's final seven points to provide the final margin.
The Wolverines return to action on Monday (Feb. 4), taking on in-state rival Michigan State at 7:30 p.m. in East Lansing. The contest will appear live on the Big Ten Network.
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