Late Flurry Not Enough in U-M Loss to No. 5 Xavier

Nov. 15, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: #5 Xavier 85, Michigan 76
Records: Michigan (1-1), Xavier (2-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 17 -- at Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.), 7 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Trailing by 14 points midway through the second half, the University of Michigan women's basketball team used a 15-3 run to reach within two points at 73-71 with 7:15 remaining but could not stop the inside play of No. 5 Xavier in an 85-76 loss on Monday (Nov. 15) at Crisler Arena.

Michigan had five players score in double figures, led by senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood), who posted a 22. She was joined by junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson), who netted 11 points, and sophomores Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw) and Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), who each added 13. Sophomore forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) tallied 10 points for her second career game in double figures.

The Wolverines, who were down by three points at halftime (47-44), saw Xavier come out of the locker room and turn a three-point lead into a 14-point advantage midway through the half, courtesy of three three-pointers from Xavier's Special Jennings and Tyesha Moss. At that point, Michigan dug in and used timely three-pointers from Thompson, Reynolds and sophomore forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Forest) on three of the next five possessions to cut the game to one possession with 7:15 left in the half. However, that was as close as Michigan reached as Xavier went on a 12-5 run to close out the game.

Michigan was not fazed by the size of Xavier and shot a blistering 60.7 percent in the first half on 17-of-28 shooting from the field. In a back-and-forth game that featured eight ties and five lead changes, Michigan held its own with the nationally ranked Musketeers and used balanced scoring to take a six-point 24-18 lead at the 10:14 mark of the first half, its largest lead of the night.

U-M forced Xavier's post players further away from the basket, which earned an opportunity to work the ball around the perimeter and opened up shots from long range, which the Wolverines made throughout the game. While Michigan forced Xavier's post players away from the basket, outside shooter Katie Rutan was draining three-pointers, going 7-of-9 from long range for 22 first-half points. Xavier held a slim 26-22 edge with points in the paint but earned most of its points off offensive rebounds with 22 second-chance points to only eight for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines will embark on a four-game road swing when they hit the road on Friday (Nov. 19) to take on Marquette at 7 p.m. CST.

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