Wolverines Stifle Seton Hall in Program-Record Victory
Jenny Ryan

Nov. 19, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 72, Seton Hall 29
Records: U-M (3-1), SHU (2-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 23 -- vs. Harvard (Crisler Center), 2 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team held Seton Hall to only six first-half points in a 72-29 victory in the first game of a five-game homestand on Monday (Nov. 19) inside Crisler Center. Michigan set new program records for fewest points allowed in a first half and points allowed in a game (29) during the NCAA era.

Nine Wolverines contributed to the point total, including double-digit scoring efforts by senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), who recorded a career-high 19 points, senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet), who had 16, and senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central), who tallied 11.

Leading by as many as 46 points, Michigan shot 53 percent (28-for-53) from the floor while holding Seton Hall to just 15 percent (9-for-59) in the game. The Wolverines scored 34 points in the paint and held the Pirates to just eight. Additionally, U-M held the rebounding advantage, 43-33, and outscored Seton Hall's bench by a margin of 16-12.

The Wolverines started on a 9-0 run, capped by a midrange jumper from sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) at the 14:43 mark. During the run, Michigan's defense forced Seton Hall into eight turnovers over the first seven minutes of the contest.

The Pirates finally found the score sheet with a three-point field goal at the 12:41 mark, before Thompson answered with a trey 13 seconds later, igniting a 10-0 Michigan run. Following a pair of free throws from Elmblad, Ryan nailed a three-pointer and sank two from the line, giving the Wolverines a 19-3 advantage.

Michigan continued to pad its first-half lead behind balanced scoring while continuing on a 26-1 run, which began at the 12:28 mark. For the half, seven U-M players scored, including a team-high nine points from Ryan. On the other side of the ball, the U-M defense held Seton Hall to field goal droughts of 7:19 and 12:19 while forcing SHU into 12 turnovers en route to a 35-6 lead heading into the locker room.

Following the break, Michigan extended its lead to 32 behind a three-point shot from Thompson, who also added a layup over the first five minutes of the half to cement the lead. In the second half, the scoring combo of Thompson and Sheffer combined for 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting.

With 11:21 remaining in the game, the Pirates went on a 6-0 run and cut the Wolverines lead to 33 but got no closer the rest of the game as Michigan cruised to the 43-point win.

The Maize and Blue returns to the hardwood Friday (Nov. 23), hosting Harvard inside Crisler Center at 2 p.m.

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