Feb. 16, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 88, Indiana 76
Records: U-M (15-10, 8-5 Big Ten), Indiana (9-17, 3-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 19 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 12:30 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) tallied a career-best 18 points and hit four of U-M's 13 three-pointers as the University of Michigan women's basketball team earned an 88-76 Big Ten win over Indiana on Wednesday (Feb. 16) at Crisler Arena.
Thompson was joined in double figures by four of her teammates. Junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) posted a team-best 19 points, while sophomore center Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) added 15 points, all on free throws. Junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) contributed 14 and 11 points, respectively. Hicks and sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) led the U-M rebounding effort with a team-best eight.
The Hoosiers made a late push and cut the game to two points with just 7:10 remaining in the second half, but the Wolverines went to Thompson, who, with a triple, ended a 5:06 U-M field goal drought, and the Wolverines sealed the win by going 11-of-11 from the free throw line in the final 3:24 of action.
Out of the halftime break, Michigan continued to hit three-pointers and pushed its lead to 18 points -- the largest of the game -- at the 11:22 mark of the second half. After hitting nine triples in the first half, including three from Reynolds, the Wolverines added four in the second half and posted a season-best 13 in the contest.
The first half was tightly contested with neither team taking a lead of more than two points until the 13:49 mark when U-M went ahead by four on a pair of free throws from Thompson, who proved a spark off the bench, scoring 10 first-half points as the Wolverines took a 45-30 halftime lead.
The Wolverines opened up a 10-point lead at 22-12 courtesy of a 14-3 run fueled by three-pointers from Thompson, sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) and Hicks, but it was the U-M defense that was impressive throughout the first half as Michigan outrebounded the Hoosiers, 18-15, in the first half and forced Indiana into four turnovers leading to five Michigan points.
Michigan takes to the road when it travels to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers on Saturday (Feb. 19). Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m. CST and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Fans can also catch all the action with Matt Park on WTKA AM 1050.
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