Feb. 2, 2012
With the 79-68 win, Michigan improved to 17-6 on the season, including 6-4 overall for Big Ten Conference play. The win snapped Michigan's two-game losing streak and improved its home record to 9-1.
Tonight's matchup was the 64th meeting between Michigan and Northwestern. The Wolverines improved to 28-36 against the Wildcats in the all-time series. Michigan has won the last five meetings between the teams, including two wins this season.
Michigan led 34-23 at halftime in tonight's game. The Maize and Blue improved to 16-1 when leading at the half.
With the win, Kevin Borseth moved to 8-3 all-time against Northwestern.
U-M stretched its three-point shooting streak to 181 consecutive games. The last time Michigan did not hit a three-pointer was during the 2005-06 season.
Thursday's matchup marked the second and final matchup between Michigan and Northwestern this season. The Wolverines also defeated the Wildcats 58-48 Jan. 19th in Evanston, Ill.
Overall, Michigan shot 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the field; 51.9 percent (14-of-27) in the first half and 41.4 percent (12-of-29) in the second half. UM shot 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from three-point range; 22.2 percent (2-of-9) in the first half and 44.4 percent (4-of-9) in the second half.
U-M's defense forced Northwestern into 18 turnovers, leading to 18 points.
Michigan outscored Northwestern 32-24 in the paint.
Four Wolverines scored in double figures. UM improved to 10-4 when three or more players post double-digit scoring efforts.
Junior Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines with 17 points and also collected five rebounds and three assists. Sheffer shot 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line, and has now posted double figures in 16-of-23 games on the season.
Junior Jenny Ryan recorded 11 points, and team highs of eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Ryan set career highs in free throws made (7) and free throw attempts (10).
Senior Carmen Reynolds added 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Reynolds also tied a season high with five rebounds.
Senior Courtney Boylan added 12 points.
Michigan reserves outscored Northwestern's bench players 17-6. Four Wolverines scored off the bench tonight: Kate Thompson (7), Sam Arnold (6), Brenae Harris (2), and Nicole Elmblad (2).
For the eighth consecutive game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Courtney Moylan, Nya Jordan, Jenny Ryan, Carmen Reynolds and Rachel Sheffer.
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