Feb. 13, 2011
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Score: #11 Michigan State 69, Michigan 56
Records: U-M (14-10, 7-5 Big Ten), Michigan State (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Feb. 16 -- vs. Indiana (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) became U-M's 21st 1,000-point scorer with a basket at the 19:12 mark of the second half, but the University of Michigan women's basketball team dropped a 69-56 decision at Big Ten standings leader and No. 11-ranked Michigan State on Sunday (Feb. 13) at the Breslin Center.
The Spartans built a 19-point lead early in the second half, but the Wolverines slowly chipped away at the lead and trailed by just eight points twice in the final period.
Michigan was led by junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central), who each added 11 points, while sophomore center Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) added a team-best five rebounds.
U-M, which held a one-point lead early in the game, used a 7-0 midway through the opening half fueled by baskets from Hicks and Ryan to tie the game at 17-17 -- the third tie of the opening 20 minutes. From that point, the game seesawed back and forth, before the Spartans used a 9-2 run, including a last-second three-pointer to take a 34-24 halftime lead.
The Wolverines used their three-point shooting to their advantage in the first half. Through the first 10 minutes of the game, all of U-M's field goals were from long range, with sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) leading the way with two first-half triples. U-M shot 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from the three-point line in the first frame. U-M got things started with a triple from Boylan, but the Spartans pulled ahead 9-3, before Thompson went to work and with back-to-back triples tied the game at 9-9 at the first media timeout of the game.
Michigan continues its tough stretch of three games in six days with a home contest on Wednesday (Feb. 16) against Indiana. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Crisler Arena. Fans can also watch the game on www.BigTenNetwork.com and can listen live on WTKA AM 1050 with Matt Park and Jennifer Smith on the call.
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