Feb. 19, 2012
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
Score: Michigan 61, Indiana 48
Records: U-M (19-8, 8-6 Big Ten), IU (5-22, 0-14 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 23 -- vs. Purdue (Crisler Center), 6 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) recorded a double-double (18 points, 13 rebounds) to lift the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 61-48 win at Indiana on Sunday (Feb. 19) at Assembly Hall.
Sheffer connected on 7-of-15 shooting and grabbed a career high in boards, all defensive, for her second career double-double. Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) chipped in 14 points, 11 in the first half, on 4-of-9 shooting while adding a game-high five assists.
Michigan shot 48 percent in the first half and in the early minutes held a 10-8 lead (13:36) before going on a 14-2 run. The run was fueled by eight points from Boylan, a three-pointer from Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and a shot in the paint by Sheffer.
Michigan led 24-10 before surrendering seven unanswered points as the Hoosiers closed the gap to 26-19 with 4:25 left. Both teams traded baskets to close out the first half with the Wolverines out in front, 31-26.
The Wolverines opened the second half with an 11-2 spurt to cushion their lead with a 42-28 score (13:54). Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) scored five points during the run, finishing the contest with seven points and four steals.
With 10:10 remaining, Michigan led 48-32 behind a pair of Ryan free throws, before Indiana drilled back-to-back three-point baskets to cut U-M's lead to 48-38. Michigan responded when Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) knocked in three-pointer with the shot clock winding down with 9:01 left. Reynolds finished with nine points in 38 minutes on the floor.
U-M maintained at least a 10-point lead for the next four possessions, before Indiana closed the gap to single digits, trailing 54-45. However, Michigan forced three turnovers and went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to close out the win.
In the game, Michigan scored 28 points in the paint and 21 points from Indiana turnovers while shooting 39 percent.
Aulani Sinclair scored a team-high 17 points for the Hoosiers, with three triples. She added seven rebounds to complement Danilsa Andujar's team-high 10 boards. Indiana shot 29 percent from the floor and scored 15 second-chance points.
U-M will return home to match-up with Purdue (Feb. 23) for the final home game of the season and Senior Night. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m., with the game scheduled to be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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