Feb. 21, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #24 Nebraska 57, Michigan 39
Records: U-M (19-7, 8-5 Big Ten), Nebraska (20-6, 10-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 24 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team had its three-game win streak end with a 57-39 loss to Nebraska (No. 24 AP, RV USA Today/Coaches) on Thursday night (Feb. 21) inside Crisler Center. The Huskers went on a 21-0 run over the first eight-plus minutes of the second half to regain control and put the game out of reach.
The Wolverines suffered their first defeat in four contests despite the fifth double-double of the season from senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community), who recorded 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds, while senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) added five points and eight boards.
U-M held Nebraska to 39.6 percent (21-of-53) shooting and forced 13 turnovers but shot a season-low 27.7 percent (18-of-65) from the floor and only 13 percent (3-of-23) from behind the arc.
Michigan took a 6-0 lead just two minutes into the contest, making three of its first four attempts from the field and forcing three Nebraska turnovers. At the 17:06 mark of the first half, the Cornhuskers found the score sheet to halt U-M's run, but the Wolverines answered with two consecutive baskets to claim a 10-2 advantage six minutes into play.
Nebraska responded with a 13-0 run of its own spanning over six minutes, putting the Cornhuskers up 15-10. During the run, Nebraska had five different players score, holding Michigan scoreless for 7:25 of game action.
Sheffer scored a contested bucket with 6:50 remaining in the first half to end the U-M scoreless streak, igniting a 12-3 Wolverines run to end the half. Jordan was a key contributor in the first period, recording 10 points to go with eight rebounds as Michigan took a 22-18 lead into the locker room.
Nebraska converted on six of its first seven possessions to start the second half, which helped jumpstart its game-changing 21-0 run. The run was ended at the 11:26 mark of the second half on a three-point make by Sheffer, Michigan's first of the game. That bucket also sparked the Wolverines to a 7-0 run of their own, cutting the deficit to 10 points at 39-29. Sophomore guard Brenae Harris (Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding) and Jordan each chipped in a basket to aid in the Wolverines' scoring stretch.
Over the next five minutes, both teams traded baskets as U-M's deficit remained at 10 (44-34) with 5:24 left in the game. Nebraska went on a 7-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws by Jordan Hooper at 3:32 to stretch the Cornhuskers lead to 17 and put the game out of reach.
Michigan is back in action on Sunday (Feb. 24), traveling to Penn State to take on the Lady Lions. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
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