Wolverines Clutch Down the Stretch, Triumph at Boston College

Dec. 10, 2009

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Site: Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Silvio O. Conte Forum)
Score: Michigan 76, Boston College 70
Records: Michigan (7-2), Boston College (5-4)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Dec. 14 -- at Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio), 7 p.m.

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team went 7-of-9 from the free-throw line in the final three minutes of action to take a 76-70 win at Boston College on Thursday (Dec. 10) at the Silvio O. Conte Forum. With halftime deadlocked, U-M took the lead at the 18:21 mark of the second half and held on to a slight margin for the remainder of the contest.

The Wolverines had five players score in double figures, led by junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood), who netted a team-high 14 points. Michigan, which has now won three straight, all on the road, also snapped a five-game win streak for the Eagles.

Also in double figures for the Wolverines were freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) with 13 points, sophomore guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) and freshman guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central), who each had 12, and senior center Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate), who scored 11. Senior Ashley Jones (Southfield, Mich./Martin Luther King) and sophomore Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) tied for the team lead in rebounds with six apiece.

Tied 34-all coming out of halftime, neither team took more than a three-point lead through the first five minutes of the half, but U-M's defense again proved to be the difference as it has been in each of the last three games. With Boston College leading, 40-39, Michigan went to work and with a 14-3 run took a 10-point lead, its largest lead of the night, at the 11:33 mark.

The Eagles had one more run in them and with a 15-7 streak cut the lead to three points, 63-60, and from there it turned into a nailbiter. Holding a slim 67-65 advantage with time winding down, the Wolverines had Hollins come up with the play of the night with a put-back off a missed U-M jumper that kept the lead with Michigan.

Boston College opened the game with an 8-0 run and forced a Michigan timeout at the 16:45 mark to slow down the Eagle offense. Hollins got Michigan on the board with two quick baskets, cutting the lead to 10-4 with nearly five minutes off the game clock. U-M settled in after the first media timeout and a bucket from Boylan and a three-pointer from Phillips pulled Michigan within four points. Several forced turnovers and a steal from Ryan coupled with a quick basket from Hicks gave U-M its first lead of the night at 14-12.

The teams traded buckets throughout the remainder of the half with neither team taking a lead of more than four points the rest of the way. With the Eagles owning a 24-22 advantage, Ryan went to work on the defensive end, forcing Boston College into its 10th turnover of the half and with a jumper, tied the game at 24-24. Then, with two timely buckets, Boylan, who completed the first half 4-of-4 shooting, put the Wolverines ahead, 29-26.

The score seesawed back and forth for the remainder of the half and the teams went into the break tied, 34-34. Boston College capitalized in the paint with 20 points, but the Wolverines gained some headway with 16 points off turnovers. The Eagles outrebounded Michigan, 24-12, and U-M was only 4-of-12 from the charity stripe in the opening frame.

Michigan continues non-conference action on Monday (Dec. 14) against Xavier, currently ranked No. 8 nationally. The Wolverines will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, to take on the Musketeers at 7 p.m. in Xavier's Cintas Center.

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423

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