Nov. 24, 2011
Site: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (UVI Sports and Fitness Center)
Score: Michigan 59, Prairie View A&M 53
Records: U-M (5-0), PVAM (1-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 25 -- vs. Washington State at Paradise Jam (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands), 9 p.m. AST
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- A six-point edge in the first half was the difference as the University of Michigan women's basketball team picked up a 59-53 win over Prairie View A&M to open the Paradise Jam on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 24) at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.
Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich. /Watervliet) scored a team-high 14 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the floor, and hauled in six rebounds. Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) tallied 11 points and Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) added 10 points, hitting 2-of-5 from behind the arc, as Michigan (5-0) extended its best start under coach Kevin Borseth.
Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) posted a season-high nine points, hitting 4-of-7 from the floor, to go with a career-high 10 rebounds. Ryan also led U-M with four assists and five steals.
In the first half, the Wolverines shot 39 percent from the field and were paced by Sheffer's 10 points. U-M trailed in the opening minutes, 4-3, before Ryan grabbed a steal to score and give U-M the lead. At the 13:42 mark, Michigan fell behind, 13-12, before engineering an 11-2 run led by five of Reynold's eight points for the largest lead, 23-15. U-M nursed a 30-27 lead with 5:33 left before outscoring Prairie View 5-2 behind a pair of Boylan free throws to take a 35-29 advantage into the break.
It was an even second half with both teams registering 24 points. The Wolverines held the lead by seven with 19:17 (39-32) and 16:18 (41-34) on the clock before matching their largest lead of the night, 47-39, with 10:28 left. Prairie View used a 12-7 run to close the gap, 54-51, but the Wolverines used the free throw line to seal the win, hitting 4-of-6 in the final two minutes.
Michigan shot 35 percent (20-of-58), including 28 percent (5-of-18) from behind the arc. U-M used its height in the paint, outscoring the Lady Panthers 26-16, and hit 14-of-21 from the stripe.
Prairie View A&M's Jeanette Jackson led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Latia Williams added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Kiara Etienne chipped in 12 points. Larissa Scott hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds with the Lady Braves shooting 34 percent overall, 41 percent from long range.
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