Nov. 20, 2011
Site: South Orange, N.J. (Walsh Gymnasium)
Score: Michigan 51, Seton Hall 47
Records: U-M (4-0), SHU (3-1)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Nov. 24 -- vs. Prairie View A&M at Paradise Jam (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands), 6:45 p.m. AST
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team overcame a double-digit deficit in the first half and defended a Seton Hall charge in the final minutes to pick up a 51-47 win Sunday afternoon (Nov. 20) in Walsh Gymnasium.
Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) led U-M with a game-high 18 points, hitting 3-of-6 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free throw line. She also tied a career high with three blocks to go with five rebounds. Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) followed with 11 points.
For the consecutive game, the Maize and Blue reserves provided a lift, scoring 20 points. Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and Kendra Seto (Oshawa, Ontario/Eastdale C.V.I) each scored nine points, while Thompson added six boards and Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) tacked on eight rebounds.
Michigan trailed from the start, falling behind 5-0 in the opening minutes before Sheffer put U-M on the board by scoring three straight. U-M slowly chipped away at the lead but trailed by the largest deficit, 23-13, at the 5:14 mark before Thompson scored in the paint to spark a 14-0, half-ending run. Thompson's three-pointer with a minute left gave Michigan the lead, 25-23, and Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) beat the halftime buzzer after Jordan's offensive rebound to send the Wolverines to the locker room leading 27-23.
In a second half the featured eight lead changes and five ties, Seton Hall used a 13-7 run to grab a 36-34 lead with 11:40 remaining. Down 43-42 with 6:42 to play, Michigan got three free throws apiece from Sheffer and Boylan to swell its lead to 48-43 with 1:39 remaining. The Pirates let off one last charge to sneak within one after a Jasmine Crew jumper with 35 seconds left, but Jordan and Sheffer shot a combined 3-of-4 from the line and Crew missed two opportunities to score, sealing the win for the Wolverines.
Michigan had trouble shooting from the floor, hitting 26.5 percent (13-of-49), including 13.6 percent from long range (3-of-22). However, the Wolverines made up for it through defense and at the charity stripe, scoring 17 points on SHU's 15 turnovers while nailing 78.6 percent (22-of-28) from the line.
Seton Hall was led by Alexandra Maseko's 12 points and seven rebounds. Brittany Morris added seven boards, and Crew chipped in nine points and a game -high five assists. The Pirates outscored U-M in the paint, 26-14.
The Wolverines will head to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to play three games in the Paradise Jam, beginning with their match-up against Prairie View A&M on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24). Tipoff is slated for 6:45 p.m. Atlantic Time (5:45 p.m. EST).
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