Nov. 22, 2010
Site: Terre Haute, Ind. (Hulman Center)
Score: Michigan 63, Indiana State 58
Records: Michigan (2-2), Indiana State (2-3)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 26 -- vs. Buffalo - Cancun Thanksgiving Classic (Cancun, Mexico), 6:15 p.m. CST
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Sophomore guard Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Forest) came up with the play of the game by completing an old fashioned three-point play with less than a minute remaining in the game to lead the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 63-58 road win at Indiana State on Monday (Nov. 22) at the Hulman Center.
The final five minutes were a mad dash to the finish line. U-M held a 54-53 lead at the final media timeout and from that point on it was a back-and-forth game. In the final nine minutes, the score was tied three times and, at 58-58, Arnold, who had all nine points of her points in the second half, led the way, with all of her contribution coming in the paint.
Sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) and sophomore forward Nya Jordan (Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community) led the U-M offense with career highs of 16 and 17 points, respectively. Ryan also led the team with eight rebounds.
Indiana State found its offense midway through the second half and used several triples from Brittany Schown to take a 49-48 lead, but the Wolverines battled back and, with an old fashioned three-point play from Ryan, tied the game at 49-49, before a bucket from Arnold gave U-M the lead back.
The Wolverines held a 39-33 lead at the 11:53 mark, before the Sycamores used several triples to tie the game at 43-43 and, at the 7:58 mark, took their first lead since the opening minutes.
Indiana State came out of the locker room after halftime with some momentum and trimmed U-M's lead to a single point at 29-28, but the Wolverines kept fighting and with another triple from Jordan pushed their lead back out to five points, 35-30, at the first media timeout of the second stanza.
The first half was a game of runs as U-M had a 14-0 run to open up a double-digit lead on the Sycamores early, but Indiana State cut into that lead with a 15-4 run to make it a four-point game with five minutes remaining in the first half. The Wolverine defense helped Michigan take a 29-25 lead into halftime.
The Wolverines' 14-0 run was fueled by the strong play of Jordan, who, after posting only a combined four points through U-M's first three games, tallied 10 points in the first eight minutes of the contest, including her first career three-pointer. Michigan ran its lead up to 23-9, before a bucket in the paint from Indiana State's Taylor Whitley ended the nearly four-minute drought for the Sycamores. U-M was also helped by the defense of Ryan, who had three of U-M's five first-half steals to go along with six first-half points.
The Wolverines will head south of the Border for the Thanksgiving holiday as they will participate in the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic in Cancun, Mexico. Michigan will take on Buffalo on Friday (Nov. 26) and will close tournament action against No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday (Nov. 27). Fans in Ann Arbor can catch the action with Matt Park on the call on WLBY AM 1290 on both days.
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