Postgame Notes: Michigan 68, Illinois 53 - Big Ten Tournament First Round


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.

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