Feb. 11, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan State 50, Michigan 45
Records: U-M (14-10, 6-8 Big Ten), Michigan State (16-8, 7-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 18 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 6:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team dropped a 50-45 decision to intrastate rival Michigan State on Thursday evening (Feb. 11) at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines fought valiantly, cutting a 14-point second-half deficit to just three before time became a factor, snapping a three-game home winning streak.
Freshman Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winston Woods) finished with a game-high 19 points to go with five rebounds and two assists. Junior Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) chipped in 17 points and three steals, while freshman Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Michigan struggled to find its offensive touch as a collective unit in the early going, but Hollins made up for it with her scrappy play, scoring eight of the team's first 12 points to keep the Wolverines within striking distance at 15-12 with 10:46 remaining in the first half.
The Spartans put together a 7-0 run while holding U-M scoreless for nearly four minutes to extend their lead to 22-12 at 7:17, but Michigan kept its composure and closed out the half strongly. The Wolverine defense limited Michigan State to just one field goal in the final 7:17, while Hicks spearheaded a 10-3 U-M run with four of her eight first-half points. Sophomore Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and freshman Nya Jordan (Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community) also contributed key baskets in the final minutes of the half as Michigan went into the locker room trailing by just three points, 25-22. Hollins and Hicks combined for all but four of the team's 22 points in first frame.
Sophomore Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) opened the second-half scoring with an aggressive drive to the hoop, and Hollins split a pair from the line to tie the game at 25-all with 16:17 to go in the game. The Spartans responded with a 16-2 run over the next 6:58 to regain a comfortable 41-27 advantage with 9:19 left on the clock. Kalisha Keane presented problems for U-M, scoring seven straight points during the Spartan run.
Hollins snapped a 7:17 field goal drought to cut the MSU lead to 41-29, and the Wolverines added six unanswered points to come within eight of the lead (43-35) at 5:24. A big three-pointer and a pair of free throws from Hicks allowed Michigan to stay within eight at 48-40 with 3:10 remaining.
Hicks continued to come up big in the clutch, converting on a fast-break layup at 1:33 to bring the Wolverines within five points of the Spartan lead, 48-43. The U-M defense came up with some crucial stops on the defensive end before Hollins put home a huge basket as she was fouled with 15.3 seconds to play. Unfortunately, the ensuing free throw did not fall, and the score stood at 48-45 in favor of Michigan State. The Wolverines were forced to send MSU's Brittney Thomas to the charity stripe, where she knocked down a pair of free throws to preserve the five-point victory.
Michigan will take the weekend off before jumping back into action with a road game at Penn State on Thursday (Feb. 18). The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network and is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. Fans can also check out Matt Park on the call on AM 1050 WTKA.
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