Feb. 23, 2012
N O T E S
With the 60-49 loss, Michigan fell to 19-9 on the season and 8-7 in Big Ten play. U-M is now 9-4 at home and 2-4 in games against ranked opponents. Coach Kevin Borseth is now 10-16 against ranked opponents in his four years at Michigan.
Today's game was the 64th all-time meeting between Michigan and Purdue, with the Boilermakers now owning a 49-15 series advantage. The two teams have split the last two matchups.
U-M falls to 4-4 in games on the Big Ten Network.
U-M stretched its three-point shooting streak to 186 consecutive games. The last time Michigan did not hit a three-pointer was during the 2005-06 season.
Michigan trailed by a score of 27-23 at halftime of today's game. The Wolverines are now 1-7 on the season in games they tailed at halftime.
Michigan dropped tonight's contest despite winning the rebounding battle, 36-30. Tonight marked the first time all season that the Wolverines outrebounded their opponent and lost (10-1).
The Wolverines outscored the Boilermakers in the paint, 32-30. This was largely due to U-M grabbing 13 offensive rebounds compared to just nine for Purdue.
Rachel Sheffer led the Wolverines with 15 points, shooting 5-for-9 from the field. Sheffer has now posted double figures in points in 20 of 28 games this season.
Jenny Ryan led the Wolverines with three assists, four steals and a career-high-tying 10 rebounds. Ryan has a Big Ten-leading 87 steals this season.
On Senior Night, all three seniors -- guard Courtney Boylan, guard/forward Jamillya Hardley and guard/forward Carmen Reynolds -- drew starts for U-M. They were joined in the starting lineup by juniors Jenny Ryan and Rachel Sheffer. It was Hardley's first career start.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Kevin Borseth
On Purdue's half-court defense ... "We couldn't get any of our plays going tonight, and we couldn't seem to find any rhythm."
On not being able to get the lead during the second half ... "We battled and we battled, but we came down the court and were not able to hit the shots when we needed to hit them. It was really tooth and nail, and at one point we got within one point of Purdue. Everything happened so fast, but we tried to make stops each time they came down the court. We made a couple of defensive mistakes down the stretch, and this was a game where we couldn't afford to make any mistakes. Brittany Rayburn drove the lane twice, and both times we did not have help in the right spot. Inside the five-minute mark, when the game is almost over, you have to play perfect. I thought Purdue was able to have a perfect game within the five-minute mark and I didn't think that we did."
On feelings about out-rebounding Purdue, which is a very physical team ... "I didn't realize that we beat them on the glass. Trying to get around the basket to score was very difficult for us because it was such a physical game. It was Big Ten basketball and it was very physical. I told the coaches after the first half that I thought we got beat up. I was an extremely physical contest."
On the seniors playing their last home game tonight ... "Jamillya (Hardley) got the chance to start, and I wish she could have been in the game a little bit longer, and I know she really wanted to play. Courtney (Boylan) and Carmen (Reynolds) have been playing quite a bit in the last three years, so I don't want to say that it was just another game for them, but it was obviously an emotional game for them tonight. The three seniors have meant so much to our program over the past four years. On the court, in the classroom and in the community, they have been really good pillars and have done a great job representing our program and the university. I am very proud of them."