U-M Upsets No. 12 Buckeyes to Kick Off Big Ten Play
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Dec. 30, 2010

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• Postgame Audio: Coach Borseth | Veronica Hicks | Kate Thompson

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Arena)
Score: Michigan 64, #12 Ohio State 51
Records: U-M (8-5, 1-0 Big Ten), Ohio State (8-4, 0-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 2 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) , 1 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) and junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) each tallied 17 points to help the University of Michigan women's basketball team snap a 14-game losing streak to rival Ohio State with a 64-51 win on Thursday (Dec. 30) at Crisler Arena. The triumph is U-M's first over the Buckeyes since the 2001 season and marks Michigan's second consecutive win in its Big Ten opener.

Joining Hicks and Reynolds in double figures was sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata), who tallied a career-high 16 points and was 3-of-3 from long range. Hicks posted a team-best eight rebounds in the win as the Wolverines picked up their second consecutive win over a ranked opponent.

The Wolverines, who picked up just their sixth win all-time against the Buckeyes, held Ohio State to just 27.4 (17-of-62) shooting from the floor and held them to just two three-pointers in the game. Additionally, Ohio State's 51 points were the fewest points this season for the Buckeyes.

OSU, which never led in the game, got the score down to 11 points several times in the second half but could not find a way to stop the Wolverines, who had six of their seven players score at least two points in the second half, en route to U-M's first home win against the Buckeyes since the 1998-99 season.

U-M opened the game with a 24-4 run, fueled by early three pointers from Reynolds and Hicks while three consecutive three-pointers from Thompson put the Wolverines ahead by 20 points, the largest lead of the game, at 24-4 at the 10:04 mark.

The Buckeyes cut into the Michigan lead and trailed by just eight points late in the half, but the Wolverines responded with the last six points of the half to take a 34-20 lead at the break.

Michigan shot 42.6 percent (12-of-26) in the first half, while the Buckeyes shot only 22.6 (7-of-13) in the opening stanza.

The Wolverines hit the road for the first time in five games when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the No. 13-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes on the Big Ten Network on Sunday (Jan. 2) at 1 p.m. CST. Fans in the Ann Arbor area can get the action live on WLBY AM 1290 with Matt Park on the call.

Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423


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