Feb. 24, 2013
Site: State College, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
Score: #7 Penn State 68, Michigan 57
Records: U-M (19-8, 8-6 Big Ten), PSU (23-3, 13-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 28 -- vs. Northwestern (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team's comeback bid fell short, as the Wolverines cut a 19-point deficit to four points in the second half but could not get any closer in a 68-57 loss to Penn State (No. 7 AP, No. 9 USA Today/Coaches) on Sunday (Feb. 24) at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) led Michigan with a career-best 25 points, with senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) recording a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) joined the duo in double figures with 10 points. U-M shot 35.2 percent from the floor, compared to 42.4 percent (25-for-59) for Penn State.
After Michigan scored the first two points of the contest, Penn State went on a 21-2 run, capped by a Dara Taylor lay-up to take a 23-4 lead with 9:26 to go in the first half. A Thompson trey at the 8:25 mark ended a 6:57 scoring drought for Michigan, igniting a 7-0 Wolverine spurt to cut the PSU lead to 12, 23-11 with 6:34 remaining.
Thompson hit a 28-foot three-pointer as time expired to send the teams to the break with Penn State holding a 40-26 lead. Michigan shot 28.6 percent (8-for-28) from the floor in the first half, compared to 45.5 percent (15-for-33) for the Lady Lions. Thompson led Michigan with 13 points and Jordan chipped in five points and seven rebounds.
Michigan opened the second half on a 12-4 run, cutting Penn State's lead to six points, 44-38, with 16:00 remaining on a Jordan three-point play. Thompson contributed six points on a pair of three-pointers during the run, with Jordan scoring five and Sheffer hitting a free throw.
U-M cut the Penn State lead to four points, 52-48, on a Sheffer three-pointer from the right wing with 11:07 left. Neither team scored until PSU's Aerial Edwards hit a shot-clock beating three with 7:11 to go, the first of two straight baskets for the Lady Lions to push their lead back to nine, 57-48.
Thompson hit a jumper on the ensuing Michigan possession to close the gap back to seven points, 57-50 with 5:52 remaining. The Wolverines stayed within seven points off a pair of senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) with 4:10 to go, but it was as close as Michigan got the rest of the way as Penn State recorded the 11-point win.
Michigan closes out the home portion of the regular season on Thursday (Feb. 28), hosting Northwestern at 7 p.m.
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