Feb. 23, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #22 Purdue 60, Michigan 49
Records: U-M (19-9, 8-7 Big Ten), Purdue (20-8, 10-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, Feb. 25 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 2 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After trailing by as many as eight points in the first half, the University of Michigan women's basketball team closed the gap to one in the second half but could not complete the comeback, falling 60-49 to Purdue (No. 22 AP, NR USA Today) Thursday (Feb. 23) on Senior Night inside Crisler Center.
Junior center/forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) led the Wolverines with 15 points and eight boards, while senior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) added 11 points to round out the double-digit scorers for U-M. Junior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) registered game highs of 10 rebounds and three assists to go along with her eight points.
The Maize and Blue got off to a fast start, holding leads of 5-0 and 9-5 through the first 5:30 of the game. After Purdue knotted up the score at 9-9, the teams proceeded to trade buckets until a layup by Sheffer gave the Wolverines their last lead of the game, 15-13 with 9:28 remaining. The Boilermakers followed with a 12-2 run to put U-M in a 25-17 deficit with 4:44 left.
Facing their largest deficit of the half, the Wolverines responded with a 6-2 run to close the half, highlighted by a pair of layups by junior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community). Reynolds led all scorers in the first half with seven points, and Purdue took a 27-23 lead into halftime.
The second half featured several stretches with both teams trading buckets. Sheffer scored nine consecutive points for Michigan on two three-pointers and a three-point play. After the made free throw, U-M trailed 37-34 with 13:32 remaining.
Purdue responded with a couple of jumpers to extend its advantage to five with 9:27 to go. A pair of free throws by Sheffer, followed by a layup by junior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park), cut the deficit to one, 41-40, with 8:17 left. That was as close as the Wolverines could get, as Purdue followed with an 8-2 run to take a 49-42 lead with 5:26 left. The Boilermakers outscored the Wolverines 11-6 in the closing minutes to seal the outcome.
Purdue was led in scoring by Brittany Rayburn's 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Chantel Poston scored 12 points and Courtney Moses added 11, as the Boilermakers shot 45 percent (23-of-51) from the floor.
After the game, Michigan honored its senior class -- Reynolds, guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and guard/forward Jamillya Hardley (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) -- all of whom were in the starting lineup for their final game at Crisler Center.
The Wolverines will close out the regular season on Sunday (Feb. 26), when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on Iowa. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CST at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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