Dec. 20, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 73, Valparaiso 32
Records: U-M (10-2), Valpo (3-8)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 29 -- vs. Niagara (Crisler Center), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team had four scorers reach double figures and tallied a season-high 73 points to cruise to a 41-point (73-32) victory over Valparaiso on Thursday (Dec. 20) at Crisler Center. Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) scored a game-high 18 points, while senior forward Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community) collected a career-high 14 rebounds.
Michigan's five-member senior class paced the team in the win, led by Thompson's 18 points -- all on three-pointers. Senior guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) chipped in 13 points, seven assists and four steals, with forwards Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) and Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) each adding 10 points. Jordan narrowly missed out on a double-double with seven points to go along with the 14 rebounds (9 defensive, 5 offensive).
Thompson got off to a hot start, hitting a trio of three-pointers in the first 5:11 to give U-M a 14-4 lead.
The Crusaders cut the Maize and Blue advantage to seven (16-9) at the 13:12 mark, but the Wolverines responded with a 16-0 run, holding the Crusaders scoreless for five minutes for a 32-9 lead with a little more than eight minutes remaining in the half. Sheffer accounted for five points during the spurt, with five other Wolverines scoring during the run.
Michigan hit the break with a 44-17 advantage, shooting 59 percent (17-for-29) from the floor in the first. Thompson had 12 points at the half and Jordan recorded nine first-half rebounds as Michigan held Valpo to 26 percent shooting (7-for-27).
The Wolverines led by as many as 45 points in the second half, highlighted by a 21-0 run from the 11:52 mark to the 3:53 mark. All nine Wolverines that dressed saw game action, with eight reaching the scoring column.
Michigan will return to action next Saturday (Dec. 29), hosting Niagara at 2 p.m. in its final non-conference matchup of the season. The U-M men's basketball team will take on Central Michigan following the matchup, serving as the second and final doubleheader for the two squads on the season.
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