Dec. 9, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Result: Michigan 75, Kansas 67
Records: U-M (5-4), Kansas (8-1)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Dec. 13 -- vs. New Mexico State (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team outscored Kansas 47-26 in the second half to erase a 13-point halftime deficit in a 75-67 win over the previously undefeated Jayhawks on Thursday night (Dec. 9) at Crisler Arena. Michigan had four players score in double figures, led by senior Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood), who posted 14 points.
Joining Hicks in double figures were sophomores Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) and Nya Jordan (Lathrup Village, Mich./Detroit Community) and junior Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Michigan shot 55.2 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes and was 5-of-9 from three-point range in the second stanza.
Facing a 41-28 halftime deficit, Michigan opened the second frame on an 18-6 run over the first 7:53 to get within 47-46. The Wolverines scored the first nine points of the half, capped by a Reynolds' trey from the top of the key to cut the deficit to four, 41-37, at the 16:45 mark. After Kansas pushed the lead back to 10 with six straight at 47-37, Michigan rattled off another nine straight points to climb within a point.
U-M grabbed its first lead since the early moments of the contest on a short jumper off the glass by Reynolds with 5:53 left, putting the Wolverines on top, 58-57. Kansas took its last lead of the game at 3:59 on a jumper from Monica Engleman, but U-M answered with a three-pointer from Arnold, then stretched the lead to 67-63 on a free throw apiece from Arnold and junior Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska), the latter coming with 55 seconds remaining. The Wolverines iced the win with two free throws from Hicks and a pair from Arnold.
A Hicks jumper in the corner put the Wolverines on top 11-9 at the 15:51 mark of the first half, but Michigan went scoreless for 7:18 as Kansas took a 21-11 lead with 9:59 remaining in the half. Sophomore Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) ended the scoreless streak with an up-and-under lay-up to bring the Wolverines within eight, 21-13, at 8:32.
The Jayhawks maintained at least an eight-point lead throughout the remainder of the half before scoring five points over the last 33 seconds in the frame to grab a 41-28 lead at the break. KU shot 59.3 percent (16-for-27) while holding the Wolverines to just a 36.4 percent clip (12-for-33), including a 3-for-14 showing from behind the arc. Sheffer led the Maize and Blue with nine points in the first half, while Hicks contributed eight.
The Wolverines continue their home stand on Monday (Dec. 13) when they welcome New Mexico State to Crisler Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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