Dec. 1, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 91, Wake Forest 58
Records: Michigan (4-3), Wake Forest (5-2)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Dec. 5 -- vs. Iowa State (Ames, Iowa), 2 p.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- Junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) posted her first 20-point game of the season with 25 points and the University of Michigan women's basketball team shot a season-best 66 percent en route to a 91-58 win over Wake Forest in the fourth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge game on Wednesday (Dec. 1) at Crisler Arena. Michigan moves to 4-0 in Challenge games and remains the only undefeated Big Ten team in Challenge contests.
Reynolds led a quartet of Wolverines in double figures with her season-best point total. Joining Reynolds in double figures was senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) with 13 points, while sophomores Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) and Nya Jordan (Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community) added 15 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) posted a team-best seven rebounds in the win.
Michigan put the game out of reach with a 23-2 run to open the second half. Sheffer led the way with seven points during the run, while junior Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) provided some help off the bench with five points, including her first triple of the season. Michigan's lead was never less than 25 points the rest of the game.
The Wolverines posted a 64.0 first-half shooting percentage (16-of-25), the best first-half shooting mark all season, and was 54.5 percent ( 6-of-11) from long range in the first stanza. U-M's defense held the Demon Deacons' leading scorer, Sandra Garcia, to just two points; Garcia entered the game averaging better than 12 points.
Reynolds got started early with U-M's first eight points of the game although Wake Forest did manage to keep it tight early through the first six minutes of the game with neither team taking a lead of more than four points in the early goings. Michigan forced the Demon Deacons into 13 first-half turnovers, which turned into 14 points on the other end. For the game, U-M recorded 24 points off Wake Forest turnovers.
The Maize and Blue used a 10-2 run midway through the half to open up a 20-10 lead, the largest for either team to that point, although the Demon Deacons cut into U-M's lead with a 10-4 burst, making it a four-point game, 24-20, at the 8:33 mark of the opening 20 minutes, but the Wolverines responded with a 16-9 run, punctuated with back-to-back three pointers from Ryan and Hicks to take a 40-29 lead into halftime.
Michigan hits the road this weekend when it travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on No. 19 Iowa State in the inaugural Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CST at Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum. Fans can catch all the action on WTKA AM 1050 with Matt Park and Jennifer Smith on the call.
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