March 17, 2011
Site: Ypsilanti, Mich. (Convocation Center)
Event: Women's NIT (First Round)
Score: Eastern Michigan 67, Michigan 59
Records: Michigan (17-13), Eastern Michigan (23-12)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team cut a 13-point Eastern Michigan lead to three points, 53-50, with 4:32 remaining in the game, but the host Eagles prevailed, 67-59, in the first round of the WNIT on Thursday (March 17) at the Convocation Center.
The Wolverines were led by 20 points from sophomore center/forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet), while junior guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) was also in double figures with 10 points. Sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) added a game-high 12 rebounds for the Wolverines.
The Eagles extended their lead to 10 points out of the halftime break, but the Wolverines continued to whittle the home team advantage down and cut it to five points, 40-35, before EMU used an 8-0 run midway through the half to take a 48-35 lead at the 10:52 mark. Trailing 52-40, the Wolverines went on a 10-1 run to cut the deficit to just three points, but Eastern Michigan pulled away from there.
The game started slow for both teams with neither team scoring a basket through the first three minutes of the game. The Wolverines scored the first points of the game on a jumper from Boylan and from that point the score see-sawed.
The Wolverines tied the game at 11-all on a three-point play from junior Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) at the 12:39 mark and the Wolverines went on to take their first lead of the game on a basket from Sheffer on the next possession. With Michigan leading 25-21, Eastern closed the half on a 10-0 run to take a 31-25 lead at the halftime break.
The Maize and Blue completes the 2010-11 campaign with a 17-13 record.
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