Maize & Blue Relinquishes Lead in One-Point Loss to Iowa
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Feb. 16, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Iowa 58, Michigan 57
Records: U-M (18-8, 7-6 Big Ten), Iowa (17-10, 9-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 19 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 8 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team was unable to protect a 14-point halftime lead as the Iowa Hawkeyes bounced back in the second half to hand the Wolverines a 58-57 loss Thursday night (Feb. 16) inside the Crisler Center.

Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) led eight Wolverines with points, scoring 12 on 4-of-5 shooting while adding four rebounds. Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) also contributed 12 points as a reserve; she was 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Junior Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) chipped in six points, five rebounds and four steals.

With U-M leading Iowa by a score of 6-5 for nearly three minutes, Michigan used a 14-2 spurt over the next 8:08 to take a 20-7 advantage at the 6:41 mark in the first half. The run was kick started by four straight points from Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) and was capped off by a deep three-pointer by Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet).

Arnold led U-M in the first half with a team-high eight points off the bench, allowing the Wolverines to enter the locker room with a 33-19 edge.

After the break, the Hawkeyes began cutting into the Michigan lead, outscoring the Wolverines, 23-11, behind a 16-2 run out the gate. Michigan led, 44-42, with 7:56 remaining before responding. After Boylan and Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) connected on mid-range shots, Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) beat the entire Iowa defense down the floor, converting on a wide-open layup, strengthening Michigan's lead, 50-43.

In the game's final moments, Boylan nailed a three-pointer and Arnold was fouled and converted both free throws, stretching U-M's advantage to 57-49 with 2:13 left in the game.

However, the Wolverines did not find the basket for the remainder of the game. Due to dry spell, Iowa took its first and only lead on the night after back-to-back three-pointers pushed the Hawkeyes out front, 58-57, with 46 seconds left on the game clock.

Out of the final timeout, Arnold received an open three-point look from the top of the key, but the shot bounced off the rim; and despite an offensive rebound, the put-back attempt also fell short.

Michigan shot 33 percent (19-of-57) from the field, including 87.5 percent (14-of-16) from behind the free throw line in the game. The Wolverines also picked up eight steals, scoring 17 points off Hawkeye turnovers.

Iowa shot 32.3 percent from the field, connecting on 77.8 percent (14-of-18) from the free throw line. Kamille Wahlin shot 7-of-17 from the floor lead the Hawkeyes with 18 points, and Samantha Logic was a factor, posting a double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds.

U-M will return to the road this Sunday (Feb. 19) looking to return to the win column against Big Ten foe Indiana at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Contact: Zena Lewis (734) 763-4423


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