Feb. 24, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Minnesota 82, Michigan 78 (2OT)
Records: U-M (16-11, 9-6 Big Ten), Minnesota (12-16, 4-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 27 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 2 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) nailed a buzzer-beater from half-court to force overtime, but the University of Michigan women's basketball team dropped a 82-78 double-overtime contest to Minnesota on Thursday (Feb. 24) at Crisler Arena.
Michigan was led by Hicks and sophomore guard/forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park), who each contributed a team-high 14 points. Sophomore center/forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) added 13 points, while junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) each posted 10 points. Sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) and Sheffer each had seven rebounds.
Michigan, which trailed by nine early in the second half, mounted its comeback late in regulation. With the Golden Gophers holding a 57-51 lead at the 5:40 mark of the second frame, U-M used an 8-1 run to take its first lead since late in the first half on a free throw from Hicks. Minnesota capitalized late with three free throws down the stretch, but Hicks' three-pointer sent the game to overtime.
U-M, which was playing its first overtime contest of the season, took a 72-68 lead in the first overtime behind baskets from Boylan and Sheffer in the paint, but Minnesota answered late and with a Kiara Buford layup and a pair of free throws sent the game into double overtime. In the second overtime, which was the first since the 2001-02 season for the program, the Golden Gophers took a four-point lead, the largest for either team in overtime, with 28 seconds remaining on a layup in transition and sealed the win with two free throws.
The Wolverines opened the game with a 12-5 lead with triples from Sheffer and sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Plymouth) and received help off the bench with four points from Arnold, but the Gophers cut U-M's lead to one point with six unanswered points midway through the half and took a 25-19 lead into the halftime break.
Michigan closes out the regular season with a road contest at Illinois on Sunday (Feb. 27) at 2 p.m. CST in Champaign, Ill. Fans can follow the action on WTKA AM 1050 with Matt Park and Jennifer Smith on the call and can catch a live webcast on www.BigTenNetwork.com.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423
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