Nov. 26, 2010
Site: Cancun, Mexico (Kuchil Baxil Gymnasium)
Event: Cancun Thanksgiving Classic
Score: Michigan 69, Buffalo 49
Records: Michigan (3-2), Buffalo (2-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 27 -- vs. Texas A&M (Cancun, Mexico), 8:30 p.m. CST
CANCUN, Mexico -- Sophomore forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill/Lake Park) recorded her first career double-double to lead the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 69-49 win over Buffalo on Friday (Nov. 26) in the second game of the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic at Kuchil Baxil Gymnasium.
Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) led the Michigan offense with 17 points and a team-best five assists, while Arnold added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Michigan's first double-double of the season. The Wolverines played all 10 players in the game and each made it into the scorebook with at least two points.
The Wolverines forced Buffalo into 18 turnovers leading to 22 Michigan points. The Wolverines also had seven steals in an all-around defense game. U-M also really dominated the post, outscoring Buffalo 44-18 in points in the paint.
Buffalo scored the first points of the second half, but U-M used a 7-4 run -- started with a three-pointer from Arnold that gave her 11 points for her third game in double-figure scoring this season. The Wolverines put the game out of reach with back-to-back three-pointers in a span of two minutes. Sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) got things started, while junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) hit another, pushing U-M's lead to 51-34 at the 11:23 mark of the second half.
The game opened at a fast pace with both teams getting up and down the court. Buffalo got on the board first with a basket on its first possession, but the Wolverines followed suit and used their defense to get on the board. Michigan used a steal from sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) and tightened up on defense, forcing the Buffaloes to call an early timeout as U-M held a 7-4 lead at the 15:59 mark.
The Buffaloes cut the U-M lead to one-point out of the first media timeout of the game, but Michigan responded with baskets on each of its next possessions and used an 8-0 run to take a 13-6 lead, the largest of the game by either team, at the 12:11 mark. U-M extended its lead to 17-9 behind buckets in the paint from Hicks and Reynolds.
Buffalo cut the game to three points and held the Wolverines scoreless for nearly four minutes before back-to-back baskets from Hicks ended the drought and put U-M ahead, 32-24, at the halftime break.
The Wolverines conclude action at the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday (Nov. 27) when they take on No. 8 Texas A&M. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. CST at Kuchil Baxil Gymnasium. Fans can listen to Matt Park on the call on WLBY AM 1290.
N O T E S
Michigan and Buffalo met for the first time in tonight's contest. Buffalo is the second team on the Wolverines' schedule that they had never faced before this season; Alcorn State is the other. U-M is 2-0 against first-time opponents this season.
Seven of Michigan's eight players that saw action in the first half scored at least one point. The only player that did not score was Nya Jordan, but she led the way on the glass with a team-high four rebounds. In all, each of U-M's 10 players played and scored at least two points for the second time this season.
Veronica Hicks was back in double figures with 17 points tonight. Hicks posted double figures in each of U-M's first two games of the season, including a season-best 22 against Xavier on Nov. 15. Hicks has been in double figures 37 times in her career.
Sam Arnold reached double figures in points for the third time this season and posted her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. Her double-double was U-M's first since former Wolverine Krista Phillips posted 22 points and 11 rebounds against Toledo in the WNIT last season.
Val Driscoll saw action off the bench in tonight's game. She recorded four points in her first action since U-M's loss at Marquette (Nov. 19).
Jenny Ryan was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line tonight. It was her second consecutive game being perfect from the charity stripe; she was 3-of-3 against Indiana State (Nov. 22). For her career, Ryan has been perfect seven times. Her four free throws tie her career high.
With five three-pointers tonight, U-M extended its three-point field goal streak to at least one in each of the last 133 games.
The Wolverines extended their double-figure assists streak to 10 consecutive games with 17 assists in tonight's game.
Michigan won the rebounding battle for the first time in the last three games. U-M outrebounded Buffalo, 40-38, and reached 40 rebounds for the first time this season and the first time since posting 41 against Kent State in the first round of the WNIT last season.
Michigan had lots of fans in Cancun. The Sheffer, Hicks, Driscoll, Ryan, Reynolds and Arnold families all made the trip down to cheer on the Wolverines.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423
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