Michigan Pulls Away Late to Defeat Aggies
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Dec. 13, 2010

• Audio: Head Coach Kevin Borseth | Sophomore Guard Jenny Ryan
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 68, New Mexico State 54
Records: U-M (6-4), New Mexico State (6-4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 18 -- vs. Detroit (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used a 14-2 run in the final 3:08 to seal a 68-54 victory Monday night (Dec. 13) over New Mexico State inside Crisler Arena.

For the second consecutive game, Michigan had four players in double figures, led by 14 points from sophomore forward Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet). Sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) and junior guard Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) added 13 points, while senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) tallied 10 points in the victory. Reynolds led the way on the boards with a game-best nine rebounds, putting her one shy of a double-double.

In a game with 10 lead changes and two tie scores, the Wolverines shot 48.0 percent (24-of-50) from the floor and forced the Aggies into 25 turnovers, which resulted in 28 points for the Wolverines. U-M also held a 32-12 advantage in the paint and a 10-2 advantage in fast-break points.

Out of the gates in the second half, the Wolverines extended their lead to 37-30, but the Aggies hit three consecutive triples to take a 39-37 lead. A Hicks triple gave U-M the lead back and from that point on the lead see-sawed between the Aggies and Wolverines, with neither team holding more than a two-point advantage for the next five minutes.

Holding a 44-43 lead at the 11:43 mark of the second half, the Wolverines used a 7-0 burst to take a 51-43 lead as Michigan held the Aggies without a field goal for nearly six minutes while building a 54-44 advantage at the 6:20 mark, U-M's largest of the game.

New Mexico State then put up eight unanswered points, including back-to-back three-pointers, to cut U-M's lead to two points with less than four minutes remaining. However, the Wolverines put the game away with the 14-2 run as U-M picked up its fourth home win this season and second win over New Mexico State in three tries.

The Aggies jumped out to a 6-2 lead early in the opening half, but free throws from Sheffer and a three-pointer from sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) helped to cut into the Aggie lead. A Thompson board led to a trey by sophomore forward Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park), giving U-M a 9-7 lead at second media timeout of the game, the first Michigan lead since the opening moments of the game.

The Aggies, who shot 46.4 (13-of-28) percent in the first half, built a six-point lead with 7:09 remaining in the opening 20 minutes, but the Wolverines used an 11-5 run to tie the game at 23-all at the final media timeout of the half. After tying the contest with a layup, Sheffer followed with a jumper and two from the charity stripe and Reynolds hit two free throws and pair of layups to help U-M take a 33-30 lead into halftime.

The Wolverines welcome Detroit to Crisler Arena on Saturday (Dec. 18) for their third game in their current five-game home stand. Tipoff against the Titans is set for 7 p.m.

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423


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