Dec. 31, 2009
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Score: Michigan State 86, Michigan 71
Records: Michigan (9-4, 1-2 Big Ten), Michigan State (10-4, 1-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 3 -- at Ohio State (Value City Arena), 2 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- For the second consecutive game, junior guard Veronica Hicks (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) hit several crucial three-pointers down the stretch to keep the Wolverines in the game, but it was not enough as the University of Michigan women's basketball team dropped a 86-71 New Year's Eve decision at Michigan State this afternoon (Thursday, Dec. 31) at the Breslin Center.
Sophomore guard Carmen Reynolds (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) led the Michigan offense with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Joining Reynolds in double figures were Hicks with 13 points, senior center Krista Phillips (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Aden Bowman Collegiate) with 12 points and freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) with 11 points. Reynolds led the way on the glass with seven rebounds, while Hollins had a game-high four steals.
Turnovers were a problem for the Wolverines as they committed 20 turnovers leading to 27 Michigan State points. The teams each scored 26 points in the paint, while the Spartans had 24 points off of second chances. Michigan State's Kalisha Keane led all scorers with 19 points, including going 4-of-6 from long range in her first start of the season.
Michigan State extended its 13-point halftime lead to 19 points with less than two minutes of the second-half clock, but the Wolverines used several buckets from Phillips to cut the lead to 52-40. However, Keane hit a jumper and Jasmine Thomas hit two buckets, including one of Michigan State's 10 three-pointer on the afternoon, extending the MSU lead to 60-43 at the 13:18 mark.
Reynolds made some noise for the Wolverines with five straight points to cut the MSU lead to 62-48 and her teammates Phillips and Hollins pushed the deficit to 10 points at 62-52 with two quick baskets midway through the half, but that was as close as the Wolverines got as they dropped their second straight contest, 86-71.
The game was tied at 14-14 at the 13:29 mark of the opening frame, but the Wolverines pulled ahead, 19-14 before several unanswered points tied the game at 19-19, the third tie of the half. The Spartans then used a 9-0 run, sparked by baskets from Keane and Allyssa DeHaan, to pull ahead, 39-28, with just three minutes remaining in the half. Hollins followed with a triple and a steal and a layup from Hicks got the Wolverines right back in the game, cutting the deficit to 39-33, but the Spartans went into the break with a 46-33 lead after a 7-0 run to close the half.
Michigan jumped out to a 7-0 lead behind a game-opening triple from Reynolds, but Michigan State's DeHaan got the Spartans on the board with a triple. The Wolverines responded with another basket from Phillips as Michigan extended its lead to 9-5 early in the half.
Michigan stays on the road and travels to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State, currently ranked No. 6 nationally, on Sunday (Jan. 3) in Big Ten action. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Value City Arena. Fans can follow the action live on BigTenNetwork.com.
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