Feb. 4, 2010
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern 64, Michigan 60
Records: U-M (13-9, 5-7 Big Ten), Northwestern (14-9, 7-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 7 -- vs. Minnesota (Crisler Arena), 1 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team fought back from a 10-point first-half deficit and had a one-point lead with 1:45 remaining, but Northwestern hit a jumper and three free throws down the stretch to hand U-M a 64-60 defeat on Thursday (Feb. 4) at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) led the U-M offense with 16 points, 11 of which came in the second half. Joining Hicks in double figures was senior center Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) with 13 points and freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) with 11. On the glass, Hollins and Phillips each pulled down seven rebounds for the Wolverines.
U-M took its first lead since the opening minutes of the game on a triple from sophomore forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) with 8:19 remaining. Michigan went to its defense to create some offense and matched the Wildcats bucket for bucket down the stretch.
Northwestern extended its halftime lead to 40-32 out of the locker room, but Michigan continued to chip away and, with a three-pointer from Phillips, cut the deficit to 43-40 at the 14:11 mark and eventually brought it down to 48-47. Hicks was crucial during this run, scoring four points.
The game was evenly contested from the start as Michigan hit its first two shots and held a 5-0 lead before the Wildcats fought back and at the first media timeout trailed by just one point, 9-8. From that point on, the score seesawed for the better part of the first half.
The three-point shot was important for both teams in the opening frame. Michigan shot 45 percent (5-of-11) in the half with Hollins at a perfect 2-of-2. Northwestern shot the triple equally as well, tallying 6-of-11 treys for a 54-percent clip.
Michigan, which trailed by as much as 10 with only 3:22 left in the first half, made a late push and with a jumper from Phillips and a three-pointer from freshman forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park), went into the half trailing by five points, 34-29.
Michigan returns to Crisler Arena on Sunday (Feb. 7) when it hosts Minnesota. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can listen to the action live with Matt Park and Nick Brandon on the call on AM 1050 WTKA and can catch a live webcast at BigTenNetwork.com. Subscription fees apply.
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