Nov. 19, 2010
Site: Milwaukee, Wis. (Al Maguire Center)
Score: Marquette 63, Michigan 49
Records: Michigan (1-2), Marquette (3-0)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Nov. 22 -- at Indiana State (Terre Haute, Ind.), 7:05 p.m.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Sophomore Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Forest) hit a career-best four three-pointers off the bench in the second half, but the University of Michigan women's basketball team dropped a 63-49 contest at Marquette on Friday (Nov. 19) at the Al Maguire Center.
U-M was led by Arnold, who tied her season-best with 12 points. Arnold was the lone Wolverine in double figures. Classmates, guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and center Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) added nine and eight points, respectively.
The Golden Eagles had 24 points off Michigan turnovers and 15 second-chance points, which hurt the Wolverine down the stretch.
Marquette was on fire from the floor in the second half -- after going 0-of-7 from long range in the first half -- tallying four three-pointers and using an 11-0 run to take a 15-point lead at 39-24, the largest of the game, at the 12:57 mark. U-M got some help off the bench from Arnold's quartet of treys, helping the Wolverines get the deficit to 12 points with 3:16 remaining. However, the Wolverines could not overcome a Marquette offense that shot 47.0 percent from the field in the second frame.
The game opened with sloppy play from both teams on both ends of the court, with neither team able to find the basket through the opening minutes. Marquette opened the game 1-for-10 through the first four minutes of the game, but Michigan was not able to capitalize early with several untimely free throws. Once the Wolverines settled in, they were able to build an 8-0 lead behind three pointers from senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) and sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata).
Marquette was slow to start but out of the first media timeout rattled off a 6-0 run to cut the Michigan lead to 11-8, forcing the Wolverines to use a timeout.
Marquette took advantage of U-M turnovers, which led to six points and its first lead of the game, 14-13, at the 11:29 mark of the first half. From the midway point of the first half the game turned into a game of runs. Marquette was able to put away two unanswered buckets to take a five-point lead, while Michigan countered with another run to cut the lead to 21-19 with 2:55 left in the half.
U-M sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) fueled a late U-M run to end the first half. Ryan hit a jumper from the right side that gave the Wolverines their first lead since the 12:21 mark of the first half. The half closed with Ryan showcasing her defensive skills. On the ensuing possession, she forced a Marquette turnover and then forced the Golden Eagles into committing an offensive foul as Michigan took a 22-21 lead into the locker room.
Michigan will continue its four-game road swing on Monday (Nov. 22) when it travels to Terre Haute, Ind., to take on Indiana State. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at Indiana State's Hulman Center. Fans can catch the action live on WTKA AM 1050 with Matt Park and Jenn Smith on the call.
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