March 3, 2013
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Value City Arena)
Score: Ohio State 66, Michigan 55
Records: U-M (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), OSU (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 7 -- vs. Indiana - Big Ten Tournament First Round (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), 8:30 p.m. CST
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team closed the regular season with a 66-55 loss at Ohio State on Sunday (March 3) at Value City Arena. Michigan fell behind in the first five minutes and could never catch up in the 11-point defeat.
Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) led the offense with 19 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and senior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) each chipped in 10 points as Michigan shot 50 percent (23-for-46) from the field. Ohio State shot 54.3 percent (25-for-46) from the floor and forced 12 Michigan turnovers.
The first 4:25 of the game featured three lead changes. Ohio State took a two-point lead at the 15:35 mark that it kept for the rest of the half. The Buckeyes led by as many as eight points, before five quick points on an Arnold trey and a pair free throws by senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) brought U-M back to within three with 2:03 left in the half.
OSU went to the locker room with a 30-25 halftime lead after a put-back with three seconds remaining. Sheffer and Thompson each had six points at the break for Michigan, with Arnold scoring five off the bench. U-M shot 45 percent (9-for-20) from the floor in the first frame, compared to 52.4 percent (11-for-21) for the home team.
Ohio State increased its lead to seven points, 36-29, at the 16:29 mark, before Michigan went on a 6-0 run that featured lay-ups from Jordan and a pair of lay-ins from Sheffer to cut the Buckeye lead to 36-35 with 14:31 left. Ohio State used a timeout to stop the run and hit a three-pointer on the ensuing possession for a four-point lead.
With Ohio State holding a five-point lead with 5:21 remaining, Sheffer laid one off the glass with 4:45 left to once again make it a one-possession game. It was as close as Michigan got within the final minutes of the game, with Ohio State out-scoring the Wolverines, 13-6, down the stretch.
Michigan is now the No. 5 seed for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament and will face No. 12 seed Indiana on Thursday (March 7) at 8:30 p.m. CST. The tournament will run March 7-10 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
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