Michigan, Eastern Michigan basketball open seasons with wins; U-M volleyball swept by at Minnesota and more results
The Michigan women's basketball team dominated the first half of its season-opening game with Alcorn State on Friday night.
The Wolverines raced out to a 41-9 halftime lead and cruised to an 88-43 win.
It was the second half where coach Kevin Borseth saw room for improvement before his team hosts No. 5 Xavier on Monday night.
“The good news is they sold the farm in the first half," Borseth said. "Now they’ve gotta find the way in the second half to have enough energy in the second half to sell it again.”
Borseth said many of his players seemed to "hit the wall" at the end of the first half.
"That’s something we better get better at and we better get better at it in a hurry," he said.
Of course, if the Wolverines (1-0) can continue to be as dominant in the first half, a second-half letdown might be a moot point.
On Friday night, Michigan shot 52 percent (16 of 31) from the floor and 60 percent (6-of-10) from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Kate Thompson led all scorers with 15 points after hitting 5 of 6 attempts from 3-point range.
Thompson was one of three Michigan players to come off the bench and finish in double-digit scoring. Thompson, junior guard Courtney Boylan (14 points) and sophomore forward Sam Arnold (12 points) combined to make 14 of 18 shots.
Starting guard Veronica Hicks had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Wolverines, who led by as many as 45 points, fended off a brief comeback from Alcorn State (0-1) in the second half but led by less than 30. Carolinsia Crumbly led Alcorn State with 12 points.
MORE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Eastern Michigan 82, Loyola-Chicago 64: Guards Cassie Schrock and Tavelyn James scored 16 points apiece, leading the Eagles to a season-opening win at the Convocation Center. Paige Redditt (14 points), Sydney Huntley (11) and Olivia Fouty (10) also finished in double figures. (EMUEagles.com coverage)
VOLLEYBALL Minnesota 3, Michigan 0: The 16th-ranked Wolverines had a .130 attack percentage while getting swept in Minneapolis by the No. 22 Golden Gophers. (MGoBlue.com coverage)
Northern Illinois 3, Eastern Michigan 0: The host Huskies swept the matchup of teams tied for second place in the MAC West. (EMUEagles.com coverage)
WOMEN'S SWIMMING Purdue 198, Eastern Michigan 97: The Eagles' Briana Emig won the 1,000 freestyle, was second in the 500 freestyle and fourth in the 200 freestyle at the non-conference meet. (EMUEagles.com coverage)
MEN'S SWIMMING Purdue 108, Eastern Michigan 87: Jacob Hanson won the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley for the Eagles. (EMUEagles.com coverage)