Nov. 17, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 55, Utah 50
Records: U-M (3-0), Utah (1-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Nov. 20 -- vs. Seton Hall (South Orange, N.J.), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan's women's basketball team held off Utah down the stretch to claim a 55-50 victory in the Super Six Series on Thursday night (Nov. 17) at Crisler Arena.
Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) posted a season-high 17 points, netting all six free throw attempts. Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) contributed 12 points, while Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) added 11 points and managed five rebounds for the night. Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) recorded a team high with seven rebounds while chipping in seven points. Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) complemented the defense with five steals.
Michigan started off the first half with scores from Reynolds, Jordan, Boylan and Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) but trailed 10-8 at 11:47. However, with 4:46 left, Reynolds scored from a Thompson feed to give the Maize and Blue its first lead of the night, 20-18. With an 8-5 run, U-M took the lead into the locker room, up 26-23. Jordan and Thompson accounted for 14 U-M's 26 points in the first half.
Having a hot hand in the opening minutes of the second half, Reynolds hit a three-pointer and one mid-range jumper to help increase the Michigan lead to 33-28 at 17:14. A steal and coast-to-coast lay-up from Ryan helped spur a 12-5 run, putting Michigan ahead 47-37 at 5:20 and giving the Wolverines the largest lead for either team on the night.
While withstanding a late surge by the Utes, which closed the margin to three points, 53-50 with six seconds left, the Wolverines shot 75 percent from the free throw line to secure the victory.
Overall, Michigan shot 32.7 percent from the floor while capitalizing on 18 Utah turnovers with 17 points.
The Utes shot 37 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. Janita Badon scored a game-high 18 points while adding 11 rebounds, and Taryn Wicijowski tacked on 11 points to go with a game-high 12 rebounds.
This is the second year of the Super Six Series, which features teams from the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big 12, Southeastern, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. Two teams from each conference will participate, resulting in six games played in on-campus venues. Each conference will have one home game and one away game annually.
U-M will head to Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J., to face the Seton Hall Pirates on Sunday (Nov. 20) at 2 p.m.
Contact: Zena Lewis (734) 763-4423