Wolverines Unable to Overcome Sluggish Start in Loss at Utah
Rachel Sheffer

Nov. 16, 2012

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Site: Salt Lake City, Utah (Huntsman Center)
Score: Utah 59, Michigan 40
Records: U-M (2-1), Utah (3-0)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Nov. 19 -- vs. Seton Hall (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team fell behind early, dropping a 59-40 contest at Utah on Friday (Nov. 16) at the Huntsman Center. Utah scored the first 15 points of the contest en route to the win.

Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) led the Wolverines with 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting, with three rebounds and two assists. Michigan struggled offensively, shooting just 36 percent (18-for-50) from the floor and 20 percent (2-for-10) from beyond the arc compared to 44.4 percent (24-for-54) from the floor for the Utes.

Utah sprinted out to a 15-0 advantage just five minutes into the contest, connecting on six of its first seven shot. Senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) finally put Michigan on the board at the 14:34 mark, laying one off the glass on a backdoor cut from Sheffer. The Utes responded with a quick 7-2 run of their own, taking an 18-point lead (22-4) with 12:48 remaining in the half.

The teams traded a basket each, before a lay-up from sophomore guard Brenae Harris (Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding) ignited a 9-2 run for U-M, allowing the Wolverines to close the gap to nine points (24-15) with 4:37 to go in the half.

The Utes ended the half on an 11-2 run of their own, including three consecutive triples, to hold a 35-17 halftime lead. Utah shot 50 percent (14-for-28) from the floor in the first compared to 32 percent (8-for-25) for Michigan. The Utes held a slim edge on the glass, outrebounding the Maize and Blue 17-15 while forcing U-M into seven first-half turnovers.

Out of the break, Michigan cut the Utah lead to 15 at the 16:15 mark, when Sheffer nailed a triple from the top of the key, but the Wolverines got no closer the rest of the contest as Utah held on for the 19-point win.

Michigan kicks off a five-game homestand on Monday (Nov. 19), hosting Seton Hall at Crisler Center at 7 p.m.

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