Dec. 30, 2011
With the 70-50 victory tonight, Michigan improved to 12-2 for the season, marking the best start through 14 games in the program's history. The Wolverines now hold a 4-2 mark in true road games this season.
Friday's matchup was the 64th meeting between Michigan and Illinois. The Wolverines now hold a 25-39 all-time record in the series.
Tonight's game was U-M's last in 2011. Michigan went 5-1 in the month of December.
Michigan recorded a win in its Big Ten opener for the third time with coach Kevin Borseth at the helm. Overall he now holds a 3-2 record in league openers. Furthermore, the Wolverines are now 31-41 in Big Ten play under Borseth.
With the victory, Kevin Borseth moved to 7-4 all-time vs. Illinois. Borseth also improved to 4-0 all-time inside Assembly Hall as head coach at U-M.
U-M extended its three-point shooting streak to 172 consecutive games. Michigan has not been without at least one three-pointer in the Kevin Borseth era.
Michigan held a 32-15 halftime lead in today's game. The Maize and Blue improved to 11-0 on the season when holding the lead at halftime. Additionally, U-M's defense held the Fighting Illini to a season-low 15 points in the first half.
For the second time this season, Michigan had four players in double figures for points in the game: Carmen Reynolds (16), Courtney Boylan (14), Jenny Ryan (12) and Rachel Sheffer (10). The last time Michigan had four players in double figures was Dec. 11, 2011 at Eastern Michigan.
Senior Carmen Reynolds led the Wolverines with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in tonight's game. Additionally, Reynolds reached the 1,000-point plateau for her career; she has now recorded 1,006 career points.
Michigan won the rebounding battle, 38-30. On the season when U-M records the advantage in the rebounding battle the Wolverines improved to 8-0.
Michigan outscored Illinois in points in the paint (34-26) and bench points (17-3).
U-M's defense forced Illinois into 17 turnovers, leading to 18 points.
Michigan went with the starting lineup of Courtney Boylan, Nicole Elmblad, Jenny Ryan, Carmen Reynolds and Rachel Sheffer. This was the 14th consecutive game -- every game this season -- in which U-M began with this combination.
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