Feb. 19, 2011
Site: Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
Score: Michigan 68, Wisconsin 68
Records: U-M (16-10, 9-5 Big Ten), Wisconsin (14-12, 9-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 24 -- vs. Minnesota (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- Junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) scored U-M's last six points, including the game-winning layup with eight seconds remaining, to give the University of Michigan women's basketball team a 68-66 win at Wisconsin on Saturday (Feb. 19) inside the Kohl Center. The win gives U-M its first sweep of the Badgers since the 2003-04 season and moves the Wolverines into a tie for third place in the Big Ten standings.
U-M was led by sophomore center/forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet), who posted her second career 20-point game with a game-high 22 points, sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), who scored 17 points, and Boylan, who added 10 points. Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) led the U-M rebounding effort with a team-best six.
Wisconsin took a 59-58 lead -- its first of the game since the first half -- on a triple from Jade Davis at the 3:51 mark, but the Wolverines persisted and hit shots down the stretch, including a pair from Boylan, who posted eight of her points in the second frame, in the final minute.
With U-M holding a 39-27 advantage at the 15:16 mark of the second half, the Badgers cut the 12-point U-M lead -- the largest of the game -- to three points at the 13:07 mark of the second half with a 9-0 run. Michigan answered with three consecutive triples, including back-to-back treys from Thompson to push the lead back out to 10 points at the 10:10 mark.
The teams then battled for the remainder of the half, before Boylan sealed the win for the Wolverines, giving Michigan its fourth road win of the Big Ten season.
The game's first 14 minutes featured five ties and three lead changes, but the Wolverines forced Wisconsin into six first-half turnovers and capitalized with seven points on the other end.
Sheffer fueled the U-M offense with 18 first-half points to lead all scorers. Michigan did not have more than a five-point lead through the first 14 minutes of the half but used a 14-8 run over the final six minutes of the half to take a 34-25 halftime lead.
Michigan returns home on Thursday (Feb. 24) to close out the 2010-11 home slate when it hosts Minnesota at 7 p.m. The Wolverines will also honor senior Veronica Hicks in a postgame ceremony. Fans can follow the action on WTKA AM 1050 with Matt Park and Jennifer Smith on the call and can catch a live webcast on www.BigTenNetwork.com.
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