Nov. 9, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 70, Detroit 62
Records: U-M (1-0), UDM (0-1)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Nov. 12 -- at Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Led by a quartet of double-figure scorers, the University of Michigan women's basketball team opened the Kim Barnes Arico era with a victory, downing Detroit, 72-60, on Friday (Nov. 9) inside Crisler Center. The starters combined for 68 of the team's 70 points, led by senior guards Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) and Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), who each scored 18 points in the win.
Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) added a double-double effort, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, while sophomore guard Brenae Harris (Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding) contributed 11 points.
Never trailing in the game, Michigan shot 50 percent both from the field (25-for-50) and from beyond the arc (11-for-22). The Wolverines held the Titans to 37 percent (23-for-62) shooting from the floor and grabbed 28 defensive rebounds.
The Wolverines raced out to a 23-11 advantage in the first half on the strength of eight points from Thompson and seven from Sheffer. On the defensive side, the Wolverines held Detroit almost six-and-a-half-minutes without a field goal, forcing the Titans into eight first-half turnovers and holding them to just 30 percent shooting. Ryan, Thompson and Sheffer were all in double-digits by halftime, at which U-M led 38-25.
Detroit started the second half with a 7-0 run to force an early Michigan timeout, but the Wolverines quickly responded with back-to-back three-pointers -- by Harris and sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) -- to push the lead back to 10 points, 46-36, with 14:20 to go.
After allowing the Titans to close the gap to five points with 7:28 remaining, Thompson hit her fourth trey of the game, pushing Michigan's advantage back to eight points.
With Detroit forced to foul, Michigan went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 2:09.
The Wolverines are back in action on Monday (Nov. 12), playing their first road contest of the season at Xavier. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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