Dec. 8, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 61, Detroit Mercy 51
Records: U-M (9-1), UDM (1-8)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Dec. 11 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 2 p.m.
DETROIT, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team held off a late charge from Detroit Mercy to pick up a 61-51 win on Thursday evening (Dec. 8) inside Calihan Hall.
The Wolverines led by 19 points in the first half but watched a double-figure lead vanish in the second, clinging to a 52-50 advantage with 3:15 remaining in the game. Down the stretch, Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet), who was 6-of-8 from the field in the game, scored four of her 14 points and Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) hit two free throws and hauled in two defensive rebounds.
Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) lifted the Wolverines with 16 points off the bench, hitting 6-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-8 from beyond the arch, while recording four rebounds and a team-high three blocks. Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) posted a career-high 11 assists and chipped in nine points, six steals and a team-high six rebounds. Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) scored nine points from 4-of-9 shooting and tacked on four rebounds.
With score tied 7-7 in the first half, the Wolverines used a 10-0 run to open up a 17-7 (12:20) lead behind a pair of three-point baskets from Ryan. U-M's defense held the Titans to three points in seven minutes of play, outscoring UDM 14-2 for the largest lead of the half, 31-12 (3:31). Thompson added six points during the run, with Ryan notching five steals. In the final minutes before halftime, Michigan committed two turnovers that helped UDM's 9-3 run. The Wolverines shot 50 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and took a 34-21 lead into the break.
Michigan opened the second half with a 10-6 run behind baskets from Thompson, Sheffer and Boylan. With a 44-27 lead (12:51), Michigan was outscored 23-8, shooting 3-of-9 during the slump. With a two-point lead, Boylan knocked down a three-point basket from the wing to spark a 9-1 U-M run to end the game.
U-M shot 42.9 percent from the field, scoring 26 points in the paint and 17 points from UDM turnovers.
Detroit Mercy shot 32.3 percent overall and were backed by Shareta Brown's double-double, 15 points (6-of-14) and 11 rebounds. Senee Shearer hit 5-of-10 from the three-point range, taking her only shots from behind the arch to chip in 15 points.
Next, the Wolverines will face Eastern Michigan on Sunday (Dec. 11) at 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti.
Contact: Zena Lewis (734) 763-4423