Michigan Utilizes Hot Shooting to Tame Cougars
Courtney Boylan

Nov. 25, 2011

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Site: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (UVI Sports and Fitness Center)
Score: Michigan 69, Washington State 39
Records: U-M (6-0), WSU (3-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 26 -- vs. Marquette - Paradise Jam (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands), 9 p.m. AST

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team shot 51 percent to collect a 69-39 win over Washington State on Friday night (Nov. 25) at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.

Michigan moves to 6-0 on the season, recording the best start under head coach Kevin Borseth while posting a 2-0 record in the Reef Division in the tournament. Collectively, U-M dished out its best performance of the season, shooting 51.1 percent (24-for-47) from the field and 56 percent from behind the arc (9-for-16) while nailing all 12 free throw attempts.

Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) recorded a game-high 17 points (6-of-11) and five rebounds. Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) chipped in 11 points, hitting all three attempts from the floor (3-for-3) and free throw line (4-for-4). Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) scored seven points and tied a career high with a game-best eight assists.

U-M shot 59 percent (13-for-22) from the floor and 62 percent (5-for-8) from long range in the opening half. Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) opened the game with five of her nine points to help the Wolverines jump out to an 11-0 lead. After WSU scored its first basket at the 14:16 mark, the Wolverines used a 19-9 run to build a 30-11 advantage with 2:49 left. The Wolverines then surrendered seven points to the Cougars while adding five points of their own, including a Boylan shot with 27 seconds left, to lead at halftime, 35-18.

To open the second half, U-M continued to scorch the Cougars, using another 19-9 run to increase the lead to 54-27. With 7:37 on the clock and holding a 56-33 advantage, U-M poured on a 13-6 run, holding WSU to six points in the final minutes to pick up the win.

The Wolverines scored 24 points in the paint and received 25 points from the reserves while scoring 13 points off WSU turnovers.

Jazmine Perkins led WSU with nine points and five boards, with Tia Presley following with eight points. The Cougars shot 33 percent from the field and 25 percent from long range.

U-M plays its third and final game at the Paradise Jam late Saturday (Nov. 26, 9 p.m. AST/8 p.m. EST) against Marquette.

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