Feb. 7, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 74, Minnesota 40
Records: U-M (14-9, 6-7 Big Ten), Minnesota (11-12, 4-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 11 -- vs. Michigan State (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used a second-half scoring explosion to run away with a convincing 74-40 victory over Minnesota on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 7) at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines, who outscored the Gophers 45-17 in the second half, shot a blazing 74 percent (17-of-23) in the second frame while holding the Golden Gophers to just 17 percent shooting (6-of-36) en route to their first win over Minnesota since Feb. 29, 2004.
U-M finished the afternoon with three players scoring in double figures, led by sophomore Carmen Reynolds' (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) game-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Senior Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) scored 13 points, including a perfect 3-of-3 from long range, and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Freshman Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winston Wood) scored seven of her 10 points during the strong second half.
A steal and coast-to-coast lay-up from freshman Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) gave the Wolverines their first points of the contest at 17:15, and Phillips drained the first of her three triples to give Michigan a 5-3 edge heading into the first media timeout at 15:58.
The Gophers strung together a 7-0 run while forcing three straight U-M turnovers to take a 10-5 advantage with 13:53 remaining in the first half. Another Phillips three-pointer followed by five straight points from Reynolds allowed the Wolverines to tie the game at 13-13 at 11:31.
Neither team gained a substantial lead over the next 10 minutes of action, as Minnesota clung to a slim 22-21 advantage with 1:50 left until the break. Michigan closed out the half in style, using a 7-2 surge to grab back a 29-23 lead heading into the locker room.
Phillips led the first-half effort with eight points, two rebounds, one block and one steal. The Maize and Blue shot 41 percent (11-of-27) in the first frame while limiting the Gophers to just 33 percent (8-of-24). Four different Wolverines accounted for U-M's five first-half triples.
Michigan stepped up the intensity on both ends of the floor to start the second half, scoring nine straight points while holding Minnesota without a bucket for nearly five minutes. The result was a 38-23 U-M cushion with 15:30 to play. Reynolds and Hollins were responsible for all of the team's points during the early second-half run.
The Wolverines continued their stellar execution on the offensive end of the floor due in large part to the hot hand of Reynolds, who knocked down her second triple of the afternoon to spark a 12-2 run that extended the Michigan lead to 50-27 with 11:30 remaining on the clock. Junior Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) tallied five straight points during outburst, including an old fashioned three-point play at 12:39.
U-M steadily built an insurmountable lead throughout the remainder of the contest, extending its lead to as many as 34 points. The Wolverine reserves played impressively in the late stages, with fifth-year senior Ashley Jones (Southfield, Mich./Martin Luther King) scoring back-to-back buckets over a span of just 18 seconds before freshman Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) drained her sixth career triple at the two-minute mark. All 13 players on Michigan's roster saw time on the court, with all but one finding the scoring column.
The Wolverines are back in action on Thursday (Feb. 11) when they welcome in-state rival Michigan State to Crisler Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Fans can follow all the action on BigTenNetwork.com and can catch Matt Park and Nick Brandon on the call on WTKA AM 1050.
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