Feb. 10, 2013
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
Score: Michigan 67, #13 Purdue 56
Records: U-M (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten), Purdue (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 16 -- vs. Michigan State (Crisler Center), Noon (TV: Big Ten Network)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used six three-pointers from senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and a double-double by senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) to upset No. 13 Purdue, 67-56, Sunday afternoon (Feb. 10) inside Mackey Center. The Wolverines hit 9-of-17 shots from behind the arc (52.9 percent) and had a 34-24 rebounding advantage for their first win at Purdue since 1998 and their seventh road win of the season.
Thompson was one three-pointer away from a season high as she went 6-of-13 from three-point range and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for 22 points. She also had four rebounds and three assists in the victory. Jordan had 16 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double in the last three games and fourth on the season. Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) had eight points and six rebounds, while senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) added seven points and tied a season high with nine assists.
Michigan used hot shooting by its seniors to lead for most of the first half. Purdue opened the score at 19:16, before Michigan went on a 9-0 run over a three-minute span. Thompson opened the scoring with her 86th three-pointer of the campaign, which set a single-season record at U-M. A Ryan rebound and putback at 17:18 was followed by four straight points from Jordan. Sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) hit the Maize and Blue's third three of the game at 13:30, giving U-M a 17-4 lead. Senior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) then got in on the act, as her long two made it 19-8 at 11:59. The Boilermakers came back with a 12-0 run of their own, which Purdue up 20-19. Sheffer ended the run with a jumper at the 6:46 mark, and Thompson's second three of the day put the Wolverines up 26-22 with 4:48 left in the half. Jordan, who had 11 points in the first half, gave Michigan a 28-26 lead on a layup at 1:28. Thompson then hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired, putting the Wolverines up five (31-26). Purdue cut U-M's lead to 31-28 in the final second of the half.
The two teams traded leads to start the second half. Sheffer's layup put the Maize and Blue ahead 34-33 at 18:41. Ryan then broke a 35-all tie with a three at the top of the key at 15:55. Just 35 seconds later, Thompson's three made it 41-37 Wolverines. Arnold's layup at 13:04 put Michigan up 43-40, but Purdue answered with a 7-0 run. Thompson hit her fifth three-pointer of the game, then Jordan hit a free throw to tie the game at 47 with 8:55 remaining. Thompson continued her hot shooting, as she completed a four-point play to put Michigan ahead 51-49 at 8:12. The Wolverines went up four (55-51) on an Elmblad jumper at 4:58, and Arnold converted on a free throw at 3:33 for a five-point cushion. Offensive rebounds from Sheffer and Jordan led to a Sheffer layup with 1:56 left, making it 58-51 Wolverines. Michigan then salted away the win as Thompson, freshman guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./University Liggett), sophomore guard Brenae Harris (Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding) and Jordan combined to go 9-for-10 from the free-throw line in the final 1:15.
Michigan used its 34 rebounds to score 14 second-chance points. U-M was 21-of-46 (45.7 percent) from the floor, hit 16-of-23 free-throw attempts (69.6 percent) and scored 22 points in the paint.
The Wolverines return to action on Saturday (Feb. 16), hosting Michigan State as part of the Crisler Dedication weekend. Tip is slated for noon on the Big Ten Network.
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