Michigan Goes Down to the Wire in Loss to Michigan State
Courtney Boylan

Feb. 5, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan State 65, Michigan 63
Records: U-M (17-7, 6-5 Big Ten), MSU (14-9, 6-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 9 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 7:05 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In a game marked by equalizers and offensive feats, the University of Michigan women's basketball team was victim to a Michigan State basket in the final seconds for a 65-63 loss on Sunday (Feb. 5) at Crisler Center.

Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) led the Wolverine offense with a career-high 22 points, shooting 7-of-15 from the field and 3-of-5 from the three-point arc. Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) chipped in 13 points and four assists, while Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) nailed three from behind the arc for nine points while tallying three blocks.

With the score knotted up at 63, Michigan State's Porsche Poole hit a mid-range jumper on the right side of the elbow to put MSU up 65-63. With four seconds left and the full distance to go, Michigan's last heave by Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) fell short.

Poole finished with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting and hit all five free throw attempts. Poole also tallied game highs of nine rebounds and five assists.

The last half featured a total of three turnovers as both teams responded offensively down the stretch. The score was even 10 times in the second half with both teams shooting better than 40 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.

The Wolverines fell behind to open the game, as Michigan State jumped to an 11-0 lead before Boylan made a three-point basket at 16:09. Boylan's basket pioneered a 10-2 run to bring the game within three (13-10) at the 13:59 mark. At 11:24, Sheffer sank a three-point shot to tie the game at 15-15.

To break the tie, Reynolds hit back-to-back shots from behind the arc to give U-M its first lead of the game, 21-15, with 7:44 left in the first half. Michigan State answered to even the score at 23 and took a 30-28 edge at the half.

Three-point shots from Boylan and Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignanace, Mich./LaSalle) pushed the Wolverines out front, 34-30, the largest lead for either team for the next 15 minutes of play.

During the stretch, the score was tied four times with nine lead changes, while neither team was able to grasp more than a two-point advantage. Boylan scored 15 points in the half with Sheffer and Ryan pitching in to give the Wolverines a 63-59 lead with just under two minutes remaining. Michigan State then scored six unanswered points, including the game-winner, for the final score.

Michigan shot 43.8 percent (21-of-48) from the field and 50 percent (9-of-18) from behind the arc. Michigan State hit 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the floor and was boosted by Lykendra Johnson's 16 points and 11 rebounds. Klarissa Bell hit 3-of-4 from three-point range to finish with 13 points while hauling in six rebounds.

On Thursday (Feb. 9), the Wolverines will continue conference play when they travel to Nebraska. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. CST at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Contact: Zena Lewis (734) 763-4423

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