Dec. 28, 2009
Michigan is now 23-35 all-time against Northwestern with tonight's loss. Northwestern has won the last two meetings between the teams.
The Wolverines move to 4-8 in Big Ten home openers and prior to tonight's loss, U-M had won its two previous home openers.
The Wolverines snapped a five-game win streak with tonight's loss and dropped their first game in Crisler Arena this season.
Michigan and Northwestern played each other exactly one year ago today. In last season's Big Ten home opener, Michigan defeated Northwestern, 66-54, at Crisler.
Former Wolverine Stephany Skrba, who is currently playing professionally in Spain, was in attendance. Skrba played for the Wolverines from 2006-09 and led Michigan to an upset win over then-No. 8 Notre Dame last season.
Michigan trailed at halftime for only the second time this season. Michigan also trailed against Marquette at halftime but pulled out a 65-50 win on Nov. 16.
Junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill/Thornwood) was in double figures for the 11th time this season with her career-best 23 points. It is her second 20+ point game this season; she also scored 21 points against Kansas, which was her previous career high. She has scored in double figures in 11 of U-M's 12 games this season.
Senior center Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) tallied her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was her second consecutive game with double-figure rebounds this season; she also had 13 rebounds against Detroit. Additionally, she has registered double-figure scoring in six of Michigan's last seven games.
With her 11 rebounds tonight, Phillips now has 531 career rebounds and needs 89 more rebounds to move into the Top 10 all-time at U-M.
Michigan has had double-figure assists in each game this season and for the second consecutive game failed to reach double figures in steals.
The Wolverines were outrebounded for the first time in two games, including outrebounding nationally-ranked Xavier in an upset win on Dec. 14.