Feb. 25, 2010
Audio Quotes: Coach Kevin Borseth
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)
Score: Michigan 65, Minnesota 54
Records: U-M (15-12, 7-10 Big Ten), Minnesota (13-15, 6-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 28 -- vs. Purdue (Crisler Arena), 2 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) scored a career-high 27 points to lead the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 65-54, come-from-behind road win at Minnesota on Thursday (Feb. 25) inside Williams Arena. The win is U-M's first road win at Minnesota since the 2000-01 season.
Joining Hollins in double figures was junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) with 12 points. U-M was led by three players with a team-best seven rebounds and shot 39.0 percent (23-of-59) from the field while pulling down 36 rebounds in the victory.
The Wolverines took their first lead of the night on a steal and layup from Hicks and from that point built a six-point lead on the strength of their defense. The Wolverines limited the Gophers to just one look at the basket down the court and picked up some key defensive stops. Hicks was instrumental down the stretch, tying a career best with four triples.
Michigan opened the second half with a 7-0 run and cut a once double-digit Minnesota lead to two points, 33-31, at the 16:33 mark of the second stanza. Hollins, who had five of U-M's seven points in the run, tied the game at 33-all with two free throws at the 16:08 mark.
With a short burst, the Gophers pushed their lead to 46-39 behind the outside shooting of Katie Ohm and Kira Buford. Freshman guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) started to warm up offensively and with a triple ignited a Michigan run to again cut the Gopher lead to one point, 48-47.
The Wolverines opened the game slowly on the offensive side of the ball, allowing the Gophers to jump out to a 13-0 lead early. Reynolds ended the nearly five-minute scoring drought with a triple from the right side and from that point Michigan went on an 8-4 run to cut the deficit to 17-10. Hollins was critical during the run, scoring seven U-M points.
Hollins kept Michigan in the game in the first half, leading all scorers at the break with 13 points and scored four of U-M's last six points as the Wolverines headed into the halftime break trailing, 33-24.
The Wolverines return home for the 2009-10 regular-season finale on Sunday (Feb. 28) when they host Purdue at 2 p.m. in Crisler Arena. Michigan will honor the 2009-10 seniors with a ceremony following the game. The Wolverines will also honor the parents of the 2009-10 women's basketball team prior to the start of the game. Fans can catch the contest with a live webcast on www.BigTenNetwork.com and audio on WTKA AM 1050 with Matt Park and Nick Brandon on the call.
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