Dec. 11, 2012
N O T E S
For the fourth straight game Michigan used the starting lineup of Nya Jordan, Rachel Sheffer, Jenny Ryan, Nicole Elmblad and Kate Thompson.
With the win, head coach Kim Barnes Arico moves her record at Michigan to 8-2. It ties Sue Guevara for the best start through 10 games for a first-year U-M head coach.
The Wolverines are now 3-1 on the road this season. U-M has worn blue in all four road games.
With the win, Michigan snapped a three-game losing streak to EMU. It was Michigan's first win at the Convocation Center.
Kate Thompson reached double figures in scoring for the ninth time this season. She has led Michigan in scoring six times this season.
For the second straight game, Sam Arnold recorded season highs in points (11) and minutes (24).
Michigan grabbed a season-high 44 rebounds. It was the second straight game that Michigan eclipsed the 40-rebound plateau.
The Wolverines recorded a season-high 20 assists.
Sam Arnold hit her first three-pointer of the season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico
On the game ... "It wasn't pretty at times, but it was nice to be able to have our two stars, Jenny Ryan and Rachel Sheffer, have an off night and the rest of the team step up and really grind out a win. We traditionally have had a tough time playing here in the past, and I am happy for the upperclassmen because I don't think they had won here yet. I was really happy that we were able to get that win. I knew they were going to be a tough opponent. Their record does not really indicate the kind of team they are. They have battled through some injuries and lost some close, tough games. I knew tonight was going to be a tough game for us, so I am happy with the outcome."
On Sam Arnold's play of late ... "She played great again for us tonight. I think she is our best player when teams zone us. Both in this game and our last game (Illinois State), they played zone. She does a really nice job of being able to face up in the zone and be able to seal in the zone. There were a lot of times when we flashed and went high-low with her and she finished some easy baskets. She also made some great passes from the high post. I think she really does a great job when teams play us in a zone. She almost has to be out there on the court when teams play us like that."
On getting by without Rachel Sheffer and Jenny Ryan ... "Rachel came out in the first half and really struggled, missing some chippies around the basket. Jenny really struggled. We put Sam (Arnold) in, we put Madison (Ristovski) in, and they were able to make a run without our two stars in the game."