Nov. 30, 2011
Site: College Park, Md. (Comcast Center)
Score: #6 Maryland 74, Michigan 65
Records: U-M (7-1), Maryland (8-0)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Dec. 4 -- vs. Iowa State (Crisler Arena), 2 p.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team trailed by just one with 6:07 to play, before Maryland (No. 6 AP/No. 7 ESPN/USA Today) pulled away for a 74-65 victory on Wednesday night (Nov. 30) at the Comcast Center.
U-M was outrebounded 51-28 and gave up 24 offensive boards, falling to 4-1 mark in Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) led U-M with 17 points from 7-of-16 shooting while hauling in five rebounds. Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) finished with 15 points, hitting 5-of-10 from the floor -- including 5-of-9 from three-point range. Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) notched 14 points and Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) pulled in a team-high seven rebounds to match her seven points on the night.
U-M trailed 18-9 at 12:44 of the first half before using a 10-2 run, which included three-pointers from Reynolds and Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community), to close the gap 20-19 (8:59). The Wolverines stayed close thanks to shots from Reynolds, Boylan and Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle).
Michigan knocked down four consecutive baskets from behind the arc to muscle a 17-16 edge the rest the half and even the score at the break, 36-36. U-M shot 6-for-10 from long range, hitting 60 percent for the half and was led by Sheffer's 10 points.
To open the second half, Michigan picked up its first lead of the night, 38-36, before going back up 43-40 with 17:15 left. The Wolverines evened the score at times during the half after falling behind 48-43 (15:54). With the score knotted up 54-54 at 10:53, Michigan fell behind for good following a 18-7 run by the Terrapins for the largest lead of the night, 72-61 (2:27), and managed two field goals in the closing minutes for the final score.
The Wolverines shot 39.7 percent from the floor, connecting at 42 percent while posting a season-low seven turnovers.
For Maryland, three players finished in double figures with Alyssa Thomas leading all players with 24 points (10-of-22) to complement nine rebounds. Laurin Mincy added 11 points and eight rebounds, with Tianna Hawkins registering a double-double with 10 points (5-of-7) and 16 boards. Maryland scored 38 points in the paint and shot 44.9 percent from the floor.
The Wolverines will return home after five road games to host Iowa State in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. The game is scheduled for Sunday (Dec. 4) at 2 p.m. inside Crisler Arena.
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