Nov. 14, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 73, Florida Atlantic 51
Records: U-M (2-0), Florida Atlantic (1-1)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Nov. 17 -- vs. Utah (Crisler Arena), 6 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team christened the newly renovated Crisler Arena with a 73-51 win over Florida Atlantic on Tuesday evening (Nov. 14). Down 28-24 at halftime, U-M outscored the Owls 49-23 in the second half to win its home opener.
Junior Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) led the offense with 20 points and six boards, and was followed closely by senior Courtney Boylan's (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) 18 points. Meanwhile, junior Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) notched career highs in steals (9) and assists (8). The nine assists in a game tie the second most in school history, behind only Stacey Thomas' 10 against Northwestern in 2000.
Freshman Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./ LaSalle) earned a career- and game-high seven rebounds to complement four points. Junior Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) chipped in eight points, six rebounds and three blocks to lead the reserves.
The score stayed at 6-5 in favor of the Wolverines from 17:06 until Boylan snapped the drought, pulling a shot off in the paint to put the Maize and Blue ahead 8-5 with 10:44 left in the first half. Sheffer then scored six of U-M's next eight points to help her team to a 16-15 lead. With 6:01 remaining, FAU answered back, outscoring the Wolverines to take the lead at the half, 28-24.
Senior Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) netted back-to-back shots from behind the arc to begin the second, helping U-M take back the lead. After several lead changes, U-M paired runs of 14-4 (9:14) and 16-2 (3:38) to seal the win down the stretch.
Collectively, the Wolverines finished shooting 47 percent from the floor while scoring 20 points from 26 FAU turnovers.
FAU shot 30 percent from the floor and 90 percent from the free throw line. The Owls were led in scoring by Takia Brooks and Latavia Dempsey. Brooks scored 17 points and Dempsey added 12. DaLita Scott chipped in nine points to go with six rebounds.
The Wolverines will continue non-conference action at Crisler Arena on Thursday (Nov. 17) against Utah in the Super Six Series. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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