Nov. 24, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 67, Boston University 58
Records: U-M (5-1), BU (3-3)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Nov. 28 -- vs. Duke - Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team remained unbeaten at home this season, using a balanced offensive attack and key free-throw shooting in a 67-58 win over Boston University on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 24) at Crisler Center.
Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) led the U-M offense with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field. She was one of three Wolverines to score in double figures, joining senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) and senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata),who had 15 and 12 points, respectively. Ryan added a season-high eight rebounds, with sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) pulling down a career-high nine boards to go along with nine points and four assists, while senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) recorded seven points, four rebounds and four assists.
Michigan extended its halftime lead of six to eight on its first possession of the second half off a Ryan jumper. The Terriers chipped away at the deficit, taking their first lead of the half (43-42) on a lay-up from Mo Moran with 9:49 remaining in the game.
The Wolverines responded with a quick five-point spurt on a pull-up jumper from freshman guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./University Liggett) at the top of the key and a three-pointer from Ryan on the right wing to put U-M back on top, 47-43, with 8:37 remaining and force a BU timeout.
BU came out of the stoppage and hit a three, but Michigan scored another seven unanswered points -- on back-to-back field goals from Sheffer and Elmblad followed by Ryan's second triple of the half -- to take an eight-point lead, 56-48, with 6:37 to go. Boston got no closer than six points the rest of the game as Michigan went 6-for-7 from the charity stripe down the stretch.
In a first half that featured five ties and 11 lead changes, Michigan turned a two-point deficit into a six-point halftime lead with an 8-0 run over the final three minutes of the frame. Sheffer accounted for the first five points of the spurt, laying one off the glass and hitting a straightaway three to beat the shot clock. Jordan accounted for the other three points, grabbing an offensive board and converting on a three-point play to put Michigan on top, 31-25, with a little less than a minute remaining in the half.
Neither team scored the rest of the way, sending the Wolverine to the break with a 31-25 lead. Sheffer led all scorers with 13 points, with Thompson scoring eight. Michigan shot 43.5 percent (10-for-23) from the floor in the half, as the Wolverines held Boston to a 31.0 percent clip (9-for-29). Michigan won the battle on the glass after 20 minutes of action, grabbing 20 rebounds to the Terriers' 15.
The Wolverines continue their homestand on Wednesday (Nov. 28), hosting Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Crisler Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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