Wolverines Bounced from Big Ten Tourney by MSU

March 9, 2013

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Site: Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Sears Centre Arena)
Event: Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: Michigan State 62, Michigan 46
Records: U-M (21-10), MSU (23-7)
Next U-M Game: Monday, March 18 -- NCAA Selection Show (ESPN), 7 p.m.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team was unable to overcome multiple double-digit deficits to its archrival Michigan State, falling by a 62-46 score Friday evening (March 8) in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament held at Sears Centre Arena. The Wolverines were held to 34.6 percent shooting, while the Spartans shot 51.0 percent in the game.

Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet HS) and Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community HS) led the Wolverines in the scoring column. Jordan contributed a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds, while Sheffer chipped in 10 points and two rebounds.

The Spartans scored eight of the first 10 points and led 24-12 with less than eight minutes left first half; but Michigan rallied with a 13-6 run to cut the deficit to 30-25 after the first 20 minutes. The Wolverines continued to get balanced scoring from its starters, led by Sheffer with seven points and Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata HS), Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle HS) and Jordan with four points apiece.

Michigan trimmed the Michigan State lead to 34-32 following a three-pointer from Sheffer at 17:11 of the second half. However, MSU went on a 16-1 run to grab a 50-33 lead. U-M missed eight straight shots and committed a pair of turnovers during the nearly 10-minute stretch between baskets. Sophomore guard Brenae Harris (Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding) ended the scoreless string with a three-point basket at the 7:46 mark.

U-M will await selection to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The field will be released on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Wolverines are looking for their second straight appearance in the national tournament.


Jenny Ryan set the school's career mark with 128 starts.

Rachel Sheffer reached double digits in both tournament games: 12 vs. Indiana and 10 vs. Michigan State.

Kate Thompson posted eight points, three assists and two blocks.

• U-M outscored MSU in the paint, 24-20, and points off turnovers, 17-15.

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