Wolverines Pull Away in Second Half to Beat EMU
Nya Jordan

Dec. 11, 2012

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Site: Ypsilanti, Mich. (Convocation Center)
Score: Michigan 55, Eastern Michigan 43
Records: U-M (8-2), EMU (1-8)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 15 -- vs. Western Michigan (Crisler Center), 2 p.m.

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team outscored Eastern Michigan 16-4 over the first 7:12 of the second half en route to a 55-43 win over the Eagles on Tuesday night (Dec. 11) at the Convocation Center.

Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) paced the Michigan offense, scoring 17 points and hitting five triples. Senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) narrowly missed out on a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine rebounds, while senior forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) chipped in 11 points off the bench. Michigan outrebounded EMU, grabbing a season-high 44 to the Eagles' 37.

The Wolverines came out firing out of the break, going on a 9-4 run over the first 4:08, punctuated by a Jordan three-point play to put Michigan on top, 36-23. The Wolverines continued their run over the next several minutes, opening up an 18-point lead on Thompson's fifth trey of the night at the 12:48 mark.

Michigan's lead remained in double digits the remainder of the contest, as the closest EMU got was 11 points with three minutes remaining. Senior forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) put the game away with a layup and ensuing free throw, pushing Michigan's lead back to 14 with 1:16 to go.

With the game tied at 6-6 in the early going, a pair of Arnold free throws with 12:41 remaining in the frame ignited a 18-4 Wolverine run. The spurt featured two triples by Thompson and one by Arnold as Michigan opened up a 24-10 lead at the 6:06 mark.

Eastern slowly chipped away at the Michigan lead, closing the gap to seven points (24-17) on a layup with 3:13 to go. Thompson hit her third three of the half with 2:04 remaining, and EMU closed the scoring with a pair of free throws at the 1:07 mark to send Michigan to the half with a 27-19 lead.

Michigan shot 40 percent (10-for-25) from the floor in the first half, including a 36.4 percent showing (4-for-11) from three-point range. Eastern Michigan shot 27.6 percent (8-for-29) from the floor, going 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Thompson scored 11 points to lead the offense, while Arnold chipped in seven points off the bench.

Michigan will return to action Saturday (Dec. 15), hosting Western Michigan at 2 p.m. at Crisler Center.

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