March 1, 2012
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With the 68-53 win, Michigan moves to 20-10 to record its fourth 20-win season.
With the win, Michigan moves to 10-17 in Big Ten Tournament play and 4-0 as the No. 7 seed in first-round action. Michigan is now 7-7 in first-round play.
Today's matchup was the 65th meeting between Michigan and Illinois. The Wolverines still trail the series 26-39 all-time against the Fighting Illini but avenged the loss to Illinois in their opening game of the 2011 conference playoff. In Big Tournament play, the Wolverines are 4-2.
Today's matchup marked the second meeting between Michigan and Illinois this season. The Wolverines defeated Illinois, 70-50, on Dec. 30.
U-M stretched its three-point shooting streak to 188 consecutive games. The last time Michigan did not hit a three-pointer was during the 2005-06 season.
Michigan led by a score of 29-16 at halftime of today's game. The Wolverines are now 18-2 on the season in games they lead at the break.
With the win, Kevin Borseth moved to 8-4 all-time against Illinois.
U-M's defense forced Illinois into 20 turnovers, leading to 27 points. Michigan has now forced 20 or more turnovers in six games.
The Wolverines outscored Illinois in the paint, 28-18.
Michigan lost the rebounding battle 40-30. The Wolverines are now 10-9 this season when trailing opponents in rebounds.
Three Wolverines scored in double figures today: Courtney Boylan (17), Kate Thompson (12), and Rachel Sheffer (12)
Senior Courtney Boylan led the Wolverines with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 1-of-2 from behind the three-point line. Boylan has now led Michigan in scoring nine times and scored in double figures in 24-of-30 games this season.
Junior Kate Thompson recorded 13 points on 5-of-8 and has scored in double digits in 11 games this season. She has led the reserves in scoring in 19-of-30.
Junior Rachel Sheffer has now notched double figures in 22-of-30 games on the season, finishing with 12 points.
Junior Jenny Ryan had a team-high six rebounds and three steals.
Michigan reserves totaled 21 points. Five Wolverines scored off the bench today: Kate Thompson (13), Sam Arnold (2), Kendra Seto (2), Nicole Elmblad (2) and Brenae Harris (3).
For the 15th straight game, Michigan went with the starting lineup of Courtney Boylan, Nya Jordan, Jenny Ryan, Carmen Reynolds and Rachel Sheffer.