Michigan Unable to Complete Comeback Against Wisconsin

Feb. 21, 2010

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• Audio Quotes: Coach Kevin Borseth | Kalyn McPherson | Veronica Hicks

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Wisconsin 73, Michigan 61
Records: U-M (14-12, 6-10 Big Ten), Wisconsin (19-8, 9-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 25 -- at Minnesota (Williams Arena), 7 p.m. CT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan women's basketball team dropped a 73-61 decision to Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 21) at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines fell victim to a 15-2 Badger run late in the first half and could never fully recover despite a valiant comeback effort led by senior Kalyn McPherson (Traverse City, Mich./West), who scored all of her season-high eight points in final 10  minutes of the contest.

Sophomore Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) finished with a team-high 12 points, including a perfect 3-of-3 from long range. Freshman Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) scored eight of her 10 points from the free throw line, while senior Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) contributed 10 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

Neither team was able to build a lead over four points during the first 10 minutes of action, with junior Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) spearheading the Wolverine charge with six early points. The Badgers took control with six minutes left in the half, putting together a 15-2 run over a five-minute span to push their lead to 33-20 at 1:17. U-M managed just one field goal - a Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) triple - during a nine minute stretch in the first half.

Michigan closed out the half on a positive note; however, as freshman Nya Jordan (Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community) cashed in on an old fashioned three-point play with 2.7 seconds left to cut the Wisconsin lead to 33-24 heading into the break. The Wolverines, who finished the first frame shooting 35 percent from the field (7-of-20), had eight different players find the scoring column in the first 20 minutes.

Michigan did a great job of getting to the foul line in the second half, scoring eight of its first 16 points from the charity stripe, but the Badgers were still able to maintain a 50-39 advantage with 9:51 to play in the game.

McPherson came off the bench and provided a huge lift for the Wolverines, scoring five of the team's next 10 points thanks to some strong moves to the hole. Phillips followed with a pair of free throws to bring U-M to within four points of the Wisconsin lead, 55-51, with 4:17 remaining on the clock.

That would be as close as things would get as the Badgers continued to come up with key baskets in the closing minutes of the contest. U-M would draw no closer than five despite late three-point plays from Reynolds and Hollins.

The Wolverines hit the road one last time in regular-season action when they head to Minneapolis on Thursday (Feb. 25) to take on Minnesota. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at Williams Arena. Catch all the action live on www.bigtennetwork.com. Matt Park will be on the call on WTKA (AM 1050).

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