Feb. 18, 2010
Site: State College, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
Score: Penn State 71, Michigan 65 (OT)
Records: U-M (14-11, 6-9 Big Ten), Penn State (16-10, 8-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 21 -- vs. Wisconsin (Crisler Arena), 1 p.m. ("PINK ZONE" Game)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team fell short in its attempt at a season sweep of Penn State as the Wolverines dropped a 71-65 overtime decision on Thursday evening (Feb. 18) at the Bryce Jordan Center. It was a back-and-forth affair from the opening tip, with each team exchanging runs throughout a majority of the contest. It was the Lady Lions that landed the last punch, however, as PSU opened the extra session with an 8-0 run to run away with its first win seven tries.
Junior Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) scored 14 of her team-high 19 points in the second half to keep the Wolverines in contention. Hicks also added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals before fouling out in the final minute. Sophomore Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) tallied 16 points, including four triples, and chipped in five boards and three steals. Freshman Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) contributed 10 points, while senior Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Wolverines used three triples -- two from Reynolds and one from Phillips -- in the first 4:53 of action to jump out to a 9-4 lead. The Lady Lions answered with a 7-0 run to regain an 11-9 edge before a Reynolds jumper in the paint ended a 4:52 U-M scoring drought and tied the game midway through the first half.
With the scored knotted at 15-all, Penn State put together a 10-3 run over a three-minute span to jump out to a 25-18 advantage with 2:25 to go until the break. Hicks gave Michigan a big lift with her first three-pointer at 1:54, and Hollins knocked down a tough shot on the next possession to cut the PSU lead to 25-23. Meredith Monroe scored four of her nine first-half points in the final minute to send the Lady Lions into the locker room with the momentum and a 29-23 advantage.
Reynolds led U-M's first-half effort with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from long range. The Wolverines finished the first frame shooting just 29 percent (9-of-31) but limited Penn State to just 33 percent (11-of-33).
Michigan had trouble converting on some great looks in the opening minutes of the second half, but Hicks continued her steady play and provided another huge spark for her team. She outscored the Lady Lions 7-0 over a span of 1:55 to bring the Wolverines within one point of the lead at 32-31. A pair of free throws from sophomore Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) gave U-M its first lead since early in the first half, 32-31, at 14:04.
Penn State responded with a 14-5 run over the next 4:40 to reclaim a 45-37 advantage, but Michigan did not back down. Freshman Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) came off the bench and scored five points during a 9-2 surge that brought U-M to within one point of the lead, 47-46, at 5:09. The Lady Lions strung together six unanswered points only to see the Wolverines strike back once again with a 9-2 run that was punctuated by a huge triple from Reynolds. The result was a tie score at 55-all with 52 seconds left in regulation.
After Tyra Grant put PSU back in front with a clutch jumper, Hollins collected a big offensive rebound as she was fouled. She stepped to the line and calmly knocked down two free throws to tie the game at 57-all with 15.7 seconds to go. It appeared as though the Lady Lions won it at the buzzer, but Julia Trogele's put-back was called off and the game went into overtime.
Penn State came out and scored eight unanswered points -- six of which came from Grant -- to open up a 65-57 lead with 2:33 left. Michigan kept its composure and received four big points from Hollins to narrow the gap to 65-61 with 1:54 to play. Hollins had a chance to cut the PSU lead to one possession, but she misfired on a pair of free throws with 48.3 second left and the Lady Lions wrapped up the game from the foul line.
The Wolverines return to the friendly confines of Crisler Arena this Sunday (Feb. 21) when they host the Wisconsin Badgers at 1 p.m. The game is Michigan's second annual "Pink Zone" game in conjunction with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) in its initiative to raise breast cancer. Fans can follow the action on www.BigTenNetwork.com and on WTKA (AM 1050) with Matt Park and Nick Brandon on the call.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423
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