March 5, 2010
Site: Indianapolis, lnd. (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Score: #2 Seed Michigan State 61, #7 Seed Michigan 50
Records: U-M (17-13), Michigan State (22-8)
Next U-M Event: TBA
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Michigan women's basketball team could not overcome a three-point halftime deficit in a 61-50 quarterfinal loss to Michigan State (No. 25 AP, No. 23 USA Today/ESPN) on Friday afternoon (March 5) inside Conseco Fieldhouse. The Wolverines raced out to a 10-3 advantage in the opening minutes of the contest but could not keep pace, falling to the Spartans for the third time this season.
The Wolverines were led by senior Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) who had a game-high 12 points and five rebounds while sophomore Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard) joined her in double-figures with 10 points. U-M was 15-of-16 from the free throw line but managed only 31.4 percent (16-for-51) shooting from the field, including a 3-for-14 mark (21.4 percent) from three-point range.
Michigan State stretched a three-point halftime advantage into seven points after scoring the first four points of the second half and kept at least a five-point lead for the remainder of the contest. U-M used a Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) fast break lay-up at and a pair of free throws from Reynolds to climb back within five, 46-41, with 8:01 remaining but then went on a 4:23 scoring drought, allowing MSU to take control of the contest.
The Spartans, who were without 6-8 center Allyssa DeHaan for a majority of the contest, ended the game on a 15-9 run with Kalisha Keane hitting a step-back three-pointer as the shot clock expired with only 23 seconds remaining to end the Wolverines' hopes at a comeback.
Similar to yesterday's game against Northwestern, the Wolverines came out of the gates strong with a 10-3 opening run, using a pair of three-pointers from Reynolds and a Dayeesha Hollins' (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) lay-up to take an early lead. Michigan's advantage grew to eight points, 14-6, off a pair of charity tosses from Hollins before MSU went on a 10-2 spurt to tie the game at 16 with 8:14 remaining.
A lay-in by Michigan State's Brittney Thomas at the 2:40 mark gave the Spartans their first lead of the contest at 25-23 but Phillips answered with a right-wing 18-footer on the ensuing possession for the tie. Hollins hit a runner in the lane with 24 seconds remaining but State countered with a lay-up of its own to hit the break with a 32-29 advantage. Phillips led the way with eight points and three rebounds with Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) and Ashley Jones (Southfield, Mich./Martin Luther King) tallying five and four points off the bench in the opening stanza, respectively.
The Wolverines will now await selection to the NCAA or Women's NIT postseason tournaments. The 64-team NCAA bracket will be revealed Monday, March 15, on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. The 64-team WNIT bracket will be announced later that night.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423