Nov. 23, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 72, Harvard 61
Records: U-M (4-1), Harvard (3-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 24 -- vs. Boston University (Crisler Center), 4 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Behind a school-record-tying six three-pointers from senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), the University of Michigan women's basketball team knocked off Harvard, 72-61, on Friday afternoon (Nov. 23) at Crisler Center.
Thompson poured in a career-best 24 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field, including a 6-for-9 showing from behind the arc. Senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) went for 17 points, six assists, four steals and three rebounds in the contest, with senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) shipping in 13 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) provided a lift off the bench, scoring a season-best nine points and grabbing six boards.
For the third time this season, Michigan shot at least 50 percent from the floor, going 28-for-56 (50 percent) compared to Harvard's 42.1 percent (24-for-57). Both teams were hot from three-point range, with the Wolverines shooting 52.9 percent (9-for-17) to Harvard's 50 percent (8-for-16).
With Michigan holding a seven-point halftime lead, the Crimson came out of the locker room and scored 14 of the first 20 points to take a 43-42 advantage with 13:26 remaining in the contest. The teams traded baskets until Ryan laid one off the glass with 8:44 to go, putting Michigan on top, 53-52.
Jordan then found a cutting Thompson for another layup, and Thompson knocked in her fifth trey of the game to open up a six-point lead for the Maize and Blue at the 6:57 mark. The Crimson never got closer than five the rest of the way, as key threes from Thompson and Ryan at the 3:52 mark and 2:41 mark, respectively, allowed Michigan to hold on for the win.
The first half was one of runs as Harvard opened on a 7-0 burst before Michigan answered with a 10-0 run, capped by a trey from Thompson. The Crimson went on another 7-0 run to take a 14-10 lead, but the Wolverines answered again with a 9-0 spurt to regain a 19-14 lead with 9:55 remaining in the half.
With the scored tied at 29 with 1:49 to go in the first, Michigan scored the last seven points of the half, including a buzzer-beating trey from Thompson, to send the Maize and Blue to the break with a 36-29 lead. The Wolverines shot 48.4 percent (15-for-31) from the floor, including a 50 percent clip (5-for-10) from three-point range. Thompson led the way with 13 points and five rebounds, with Ryan going for nine points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds in the opening frame.
Michigan is back in action tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 24), hosting Boston University at 4 p.m. Fans with a ticket are invited to watch the Michigan-Ohio State football on the high-definition scoreboards at Crisler. The doors will open at 11 a.m., with kickoff slated for noon.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423