Nov. 28, 2010
Site: Cancun, Mexico (Kuchil Baxil Gymnasium)
Event: Cancun Thanksgiving Classic
Score: #8 Texas A&M 67, Michigan 49
Records: Michigan (3-3), Texas A&M (5-0)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Dec. 1 -- vs. Wake Forest (Crisler Arena), 6:30 p.m.
CANCUN, MEXICO -- Sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) led the Wolverines with 12 points off the bench as the University of Michigan women's basketball team fell to No. 8 Texas A&M, 67-49, in the final game of the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday (Nov. 27) at Kuchil Baxil Gymnasium.
Thompson was the only Wolverine in double figures in scoring, but sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) added nine points, while sophomore forwards Nya Jordan (Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community) and Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) each added eight points. Jordan and Thompson each had a team-high four rebounds in the loss.
Texas A&M played a tight defensive game, forcing the Wolverines into a season-high 22 turnovers while picking up 10 steals. The Aggies also owned a 38-22 rebounding edge and picked up 16 offensive rebounds while holding the Wolverines to just three offensive rebounds.
Texas A&M came right out in the second half and extended its lead to 42-23, before Michigan made an effort to cut into it behind several baskets from sophomore forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park). The Wolverines cut the Texas A&M lead to 16 points twice within the first six minutes of the second half, but that was as close as they reached.
Michigan, which trailed by as much as 28 points in the second half, went on a 17-6 run in the final six minutes of the second half, led by Thompson off the bench.
The Aggies went on a 9-1 run midway through the first half to take a 21-10 lead at the 7:10 mark, and despite strong defense with tipped shots and deflections, U-M headed into the locker room down, 34-20.
U-M and the Aggies traded baskets early in the opening period, before A&M caught fire and rattled off seven unanswered points to take a 11-4 lead at the first media timeout. Junior guard Carmen Reynolds (Davidson, Ohio/Hilliard) was active on the glass for the Wolverines and recorded four of U-M's 11 first-half rebounds.
Michigan heads back to Ann Arbor for the first of six home games in December and will host Wake Forest on Wednesday (Dec.1) in the annual ACC/ Big Ten Challenge. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m., with the game being televised on the Big Ten Network. Fans can also listen to Matt Park and Jennifer Smith on the radio call on WTKA AM 1050.
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