Dec. 5, 2010
Site: Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum)
Score: #19 Iowa State 60, Michigan 47
Records: U-M (4-4), Iowa State (6-1)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Dec. 9 -- vs. Kansas (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
AMES, Iowa -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team managed to keep the game close through the first half, but the Wolverines could not overcome second-half three-pointers by Iowa State (No. 19 AP, No. 17 ESPN/USA Today), dropping a 60-47 contest to the Cyclones on Sunday (Dec. 5) at Hilton Coliseum in the debut of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge.
Michigan was led by senior Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) and sophomore Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet), who each posted 10 points in the loss. Hicks also had a team-best nine rebounds, while Michigan shot 38.0 percent from the floor (19-of-50).
The second half mirrored the first half to start with the teams trading baskets on the opening possessions, but the Cyclones were able to take a 32-27 lead behind back-to-back three-pointers from Amanda Zimmerman and Anna Prins. Michigan, which continued to take the ball inside for scoring opportunities, used baskets on its next two possessions from Sheffer to cut into the Iowa State lead, making it 33-31 at the 12:15 mark.
With just under eight minutes remaining in the second half, Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) came on with four points in the paint to keep the Wolverines within two possessions. Iowa State pulled away late by utilizing its three-point shooting, after only shooting 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from the arc in the first half. The Cyclones hit seven timely second-half three-pointers, including three from Kelsey Bolte, to pull away in the final five minutes of the game.
Michigan matched the Cyclones bucket for bucket through the first four minutes of the game and took a 6-4 lead at the 16:43 mark. The Wolverines made a concerted effort to get the ball in the paint and were able to convert those shots, holding a 16-10 lead in the paint in the first half.
The low-scoring first half featured four ties in the first 10 minutes of action. With Iowa State holding a 15-14 lead, Michigan used baskets from Reynolds, Hicks, sophomore Nya Jordan (Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community) and sophomore Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) to spark an 8-0 run that put U-M up 22-15, the largest of the half for the Wolverines.
Iowa State used a 9-0 run over the final 4:29 minutes of the first half to take a two-point 26-24 lead into the halftime break. Michigan held the Cyclones to 27.3 percent shooting (9-of-33) in the first half.
Michigan returns to Crisler Arena to begin a five-game home stretch when it takes on Kansas on Thursday (Dec. 9). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and fans can catch all the action on www.BigTenNetwork.com and on WLBY AM 1290 with Matt Park and Jennifer Smith on the call.
N O T E S
The Wolverines move to 0-3 against Iowa State with today's loss. Michigan moves to 4-16 all-time against teams from the Big 12 and 0-1 in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. The Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge is in the first of a two-year agreement between the conferences.
This is U-M's second Big 12 opponent this season. The Wolverines have already faced No. 8 Texas A&M and in their next outing will take on Kansas. This is the most Big 12 opponents the Wolverines have faced in a single season.
Michigan failed to reach double-figure assists for the second time this season with only nine assists. U-M had a streak of nine consecutive games with double-figure assists earlier this season and in their last outing against Wake Forest posted 22 assists for the third time this season.
Rachel Sheffer posted her second consecutive game in double figures with 10 points. Sheffer had a career-best 15 points against Wake Forest (Dec. 1).
U-M extended its three-point shooting streak to 136 consecutive games. Michigan has not been without at least one three-pointer in the Kevin Borseth era.
U-M's 47 points are a season low. Prior to today's game U-M's season low was 49 points against No. 8 Texas A&M (Nov. 27).
U-M has been outrebounded in each of its last three games. Michigan is averaging 30.7 rebounds per game and only 7.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Iowa State's Kelsy Bolte is the second player to score 20 points on the Wolverines this season. Indiana State's Brittany Schoen was the other.
Iowa State has a Michigan native on its roster in Jessica Scholl, a sophomore from Midland, Mich. She prepped at Midland Dow High School. This is the second opponent Michigan has faced that has a Michigan native on their roster; Marquette is the other.
Iowa State has not lost a non-conference regular-season home game since the 2003-04 season.
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