Dec. 22, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 68, #24 Boston College 55
Records: Michigan (7-5), Boston College (11-1)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Dec. 30 -- vs. Ohio State (Crisler Arena), 6:30 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore forward/center Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) tallied a career-high 19 points and junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson), who had 18 points, hit three consecutive three-pointers down the stretch to send the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a 68-55 win over previously undefeated and No. 24-ranked Boston College on Wednesday night (Dec. 22) at Crisler Arena.
Sophomore guard Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) added team-best 11 rebounds and four steals in the win for her second career game with double-figure rebounds.
With the Wolverines holding a 50-49 lead with five minutes remaining in the game, Reynolds, who had missed her first five three-point attempts, hit three consecutive triples, while the Michigan defense held the Eagles to just four points, allowing U-M to take a 59-53 lead at the 1:06 mark. Boston College pulled within four points late, but U-M sealed the win from the free throw line for its first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Holding a 33-31 halftime lead, the Wolverines trailed by three points with less than two minutes off the second-half game clock. In a game that featured 20 lead changes, neither team took a lead of more than a point until a free throw from sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) gave the Wolverines a 46-44 lead at the 8:48 mark.
The Wolverines forced the Eagles into a season-high 22 turnovers, resulting into 18 points. Michigan also pulled down 31 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass while holding Boston College, which entered the game averaging 90.5 points and 42.5 rebounds a game, to just 55 points and 36 rebounds.
Michigan traded buckets with the Eagles through the first four minutes of action in the first half, but Boston College took a seven-point lead at the first media timeout behind back-to-back three-pointers from Kerri Shields and Jaclyn Thoman. The Wolverines cut the Boston College lead down to four points at the 12:42 mark with a 5-0 burst behind a three-point play from Reynolds and a basket in the paint from sophomore guard Nya Jordan (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Community), but the Eagles responded with six unanswered points to push the lead to 21-11, the largest of the game.
The Wolverines responded with an 11-2 run, sparked by a long jumper from Reynolds, and cut the Boston College lead down to one point. The Wolverines received some production off the bench during the run, including five points from Thompson. After the teams battled before the first-half buzzer, sophomore guard Sam Arnold (Medinah, Ill./Lake Park) hit a triple with 10 seconds left in the half to give a two-point halftime advantage.
Michigan will take some time off for the holidays before opening Big Ten action against Ohio State, currently ranked No. 16, on Thursday, Dec. 30, in a nationally televised game on the Big Ten Network at Crisler Arena. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and fans can follow the action on WTKA AM 1050 with Matt Park and Jennifer Smith on the call.
Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423