Dec. 19, 2009
Site: Detroit, Mich. (Calihan Hall)
Score: Michigan 65, Detroit 51
Records: Michigan (9-2), Detroit (1-8)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Dec. 28 -- vs. Northwestern (Crisler Arena), 7 p.m.
DETROIT, Mich. -- In a game that pitted Michigan head coach Kevin Borseth against his former assistant coach Autumn Rademacher, the University of Michigan women's basketball team scored 40 second-half points and used a 13-6 run to close the game for a 65-51 come-from-behind win over in-state foe Detroit on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 19) in Detroit's Calihan Hall.
Freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) led all scorers with 17 points and joining her double figures was junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) and sophomore guard Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska), who each posted 11 points. Freshman guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) and senior center Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) each had a team-best 13 rebounds, with Ryan earning her second career game in double figures in rebounding.
The Wolverines had 34 points in the paint and capitalized on second-chance opportunities with 17 points on second looks. In addition, Michigan had 14 points from the bench and 10 points off turnovers. The two squads matched each other bucket for bucket through the early portion of the second half, but midway through the game the tide began to turn for Michigan. Leading by four points at 44-41, a three-pointer from Ryan gave Michigan a six-point lead -- its largest lead of the game to that point. Detroit cut the lead back to two points at the 7:30 mark with jumper from Kassandra Hooten, but the Wolverines still cruised to their fifth consecutive road win.
Michigan started the second half with a sense of urgency and promptly forced a turnover on Detroit's first possession, but the Titans scored the first bucket to stay ahead by three points. The Wolverines responded and tied the game 24-all at the 16:10 mark of the second half.
The Wolverines took their first lead of the night on a basket from Hicks to go ahead, 34-32. Michigan pulled ahead 38-33 with layups from Phillips and sophomore Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson), but two Detroit three-pointers cut the lead to 40-39. The U-M freshmen then took over as Hollins and classmate Ryan had the next five points, with Ryan coming up with a key steal during that stretch to extend the Michigan lead to 52-45.
Detroit jumped out to an early 11-0 lead in the first half with less than six minutes off the clock, but Michigan slowly stated to work the ball around with two baskets from Reynolds that cut the lead to 11-4 at the first media timeout. Midway through the first half, the Michigan offense came to life led by two three-pointers from Boylan. With three straight baskets, Michigan cut the lead to 17-12. In a span of four minutes, Michigan went on a 6-0 spurt to reduce the Detroit lead to two points at 22-20, but the teams played even for the final three minutes of the half, with the Titans taking a 28-25 lead into halftime.
Bench play was crucial for the Wolverines in the first frame as the U-M bench recorded 12 of Michigan's points, including a team-best nine from Boylan, who lead all scorers. Michigan had trouble keeping possession of the ball and recorded 10 first-half turnovers.
The Wolverines will take some time off for the holiday before jumping back into Big Ten action when they host Northwestern on Monday (Dec. 28) in their Big Ten home opener. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in Crisler Arena.
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