Feb. 9, 2012
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center)
Score: Michigan 63, #13 Nebraska 52
Records: U-M (18-7, 7-5 Big Ten), Nebraska (19-4, 8-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event:Thursday, Feb. 16 -- vs. Iowa (Crisler Center), 8 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Four players in double-figure scoring lifted the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 63-52 victory at Nebraska (No. 13 AP/No. 15 USA Today) on Thursday night (Feb. 9) at the Devaney Center. The Wolverines held the Cornhuskers to 12 first-half points.
Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) led Michigan with 16 points, connecting 6-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-5 behind the arc to complement six boards. Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) followed with 14 points, six rebounds hitting 6-of-11 from the field.
Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) tacked on 13 points from 4-of-7 while hauling in eight boards. Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) posted her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wolverines shot 48 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the arc. On defense, U-M stifled Nebraska to 25 percent shooting and 24 percent from long range.
The Wolverines held Nebraska scoreless for 14 minutes to grasp a 32-12 lead going into the locker room. U-M's lead at the break was powered by 10 points from Reynolds and nine from Sheffer. For the opening 20 minutes, Michigan shot 57 percent from the floor and connected all free throw attempts. With the score evened at seven (16:25), Michigan outscored Nebraska 21-1 for a 28-8 lead with less than four minutes remaining.
The run was sparked by a three-point shot from Sheffer followed by back door lay-ups from Reynolds and Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Mich. Wayzata). The Wolverines were powered by three-point shooting to pull away during the half, hitting 4-of-8 from behind the arc with long-range jumpers from Reynolds, Thompson and Sheffer.
To open the second, U-M jumped on a 9-2 run, ignited by another Reynolds three from the left wing for its largest lead of the game, 41-14 (17:32). The Cornhuskers answered with an 8-2 run to narrow the gap, 43-22, at the 12:09 mark to force a Michigan timeout.
Out of the timeout, Michigan was outscored 12-7 by a Nebraska run but held a 50-34 lead (7:52). The Wolverines responded behind three-point shots from Reynolds and Jordan and led 58-38 (5:07). The Wolverines hit a drought and Nebraska jumped on a 12-0 run to close in on U-M's lead, 58-50.
The Maize and Blue used free throws from Boylan, Sheffer and Jordan while holding Nebraska to two points in the final minutes to defuse the Cornhuskers' chance for a comeback.
Nebraska was led by Lindsey Moore's game-high 23 points, with Jordan Hooper adding 14.
The Wolverines will return home to face Iowa in Big Ten play on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m.
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