U-M Comes Up Short Despite Jordan's Double-Double

Feb. 4, 2013

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Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Score: Michigan State 61, Michigan 46
Records: U-M (16-6, 5-4 Big Ten), MSU (18-4, 6-3)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 7 -- vs. Illinois (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team dropped a 61-46 decision to Michigan State on Monday night (Feb. 4) at the Breslin Center. MSU went on a 24-4 run that spanned the end of the first half and the beginning of the second to put the game out of reach.

Senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) recorded her third double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) scored 11 points and senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) chipped in 12 points and five rebounds. MSU shot 42.4 percent (25-for-59) from the floor for the game, compared to Michigan's 32.1 percent (17-for-53); U-M hit just 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.

The teams went back and forth in the early going, with Michigan taking a four-point lead (18-14) off a Jordan lay-up with 4:48 to go in the first half, equaling U-M's largest lead of the game. The Spartans answered by going on a 15-4 run to close the half, taking a 29-22 halftime lead.

The first half featured five ties and three lead changes, with neither team leading by more than seven points. Michigan shot 38.5 percent (10-for-26) from the floor in the first half, going 0-for-9 from behind the arc. MSU managed a 44.8-percent (13-for-29) clip, including a 50-percent mark (2-for-4) from three-point range. Sheffer led the way with eight points and five rebounds for the Wolverines in the half, with Jordan scoring six and grabbing four boards.

MSU scored the first nine points of the second half, extending its halftime lead to 16 points (38-22) at the17:11 mark of the second half, forcing a Michigan timeout. Jordan scored on a putback on the ensuing Michigan possession to halt the run.

Michigan cut the Spartan lead to 14 points, 47-33, off a Sheffer fast-break lay-up with 10:51 to go, but Michigan State's Becca Mills scored seven straight points to push the MSU advantage back to 21 points with 8:46 to go in the game.

Back-to-back treys from Thompson slashed MSU's lead to 15 points, 54-39, with 7:13 on the clock. A lay-up by Jordan with 6:28 to go further cut the Spartans' lead to 13, but Michigan did not score again until three Thompson free throws with 4:40 to go in the game. Thompson's free throws made the score 56-44 in favor of the home team as Michigan completed a 9-2 run. However, the Wolverines scored just two more points the rest of the way.

Michigan returns home to the Crisler Center next, hosting Illinois on Thursday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m. The game is U-M's "Pink Game," as fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.

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