Kate Thompson scores 17 points in Michigan's 55-50 women's basketball win over Utah
Junior guard Kate Thompson came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points and the Michigan women’s basketball team remained unbeaten with a 55-50 win over Utah at Crisler Arena on Thursday night.
Carmen Reynolds scored 12 points for the Wolverines (3-0) and Courtney Boylan added 11 points, including 5-of-6 free throws attempts in the game’s final 44 seconds.
After a tight first half, Michigan stretched its lead to eight points (31-23) just 51 seconds into the second half. Reynolds hit a 3-pointer on the Wolverines’ first possession and a Jenny Ryan steal -- one of five in the game -- led to a Nicole Elmblad layup.
Utah then rallied to pull within one point (33-32), but both teams went scoreless for the next three minutes. Michigan broke the drought with another Ryan steal. This time she scored on her own fast break layup midway through the half and the Wolverines built the lead back to 10 points, 47-37, on a Rachel Sheffer layup with 5:03 to play.
Utah hit key baskets in the final minutes, including 3-pointers from Taryn Wicijowski and Michelle Plouffe, but the Utes were forced to foul and the Wolverines went 8-for-11 from the free-throw line.
"The final minutes were a slugfest," Utah coach Anthony Levrets told UtahUtes.com. "We had a heck of a time scoring in the paint and we don't really run that much pick-on-ball but it was the only way we could get to the paint, so we were trying to do that as much as we could and trying to get them to go 2-on-1 and have Janita (Bagdon) find shooters, but Michigan did a really nice job defensively."
Bagdon scored 18 points and Wicijowski 16 for Utah (1-1).
Senior guard Nya Jordan finished with seven points and a team-high seven rebounds for Michigan, which shot 32.7 percent (18-of-55) from the floor.
Reynolds (1-of-7), Thompson (1-of-5) and Jordan (1-of-2) were the only three Wolverines to make a 3-point shot. The team finished 3-of-22 (13.6 percent) from behind the arc.
The game was part of a the Super Six Series, which features teams from the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big 12, Southeastern, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. Two teams from each conference will participate, resulting in six games played in on-campus venues.
The Wolverines conclude their Super Six Series by traveling to face Seton Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday.