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Posted on Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 10:48 p.m.

Michigan women's basketball completes day of blowouts at Crisler Arena

By Jeff Sainlar

Hours after Crisler Arena cleared out from the Michigan men’s basketball team’s 30-point win against Alabama A&M, the Wolverines' women’s team tipped off a blowout win of its own.

Sophomore guard Jenny Ryan had team-high totals of 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists in Michigan’s 72-44 win over Indiana State on Saturday night.

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Jenny Ryan

Ryan made 5-of-6 shots, including 3-of-4 from 3-point line range.

The Wolverines (10-2) started the game on a 25-7 run, led 41-18 by halftime and built its advantage to as many as 33 points (70-37) in the second half.

Kate Thompson came off the bench to add 12 points for Michigan and Rachel Sheffer contributed 11 points and five of the Wolverines’ 15 steals. Indiana State committed a total of 26 turnovers, leading to 26 Michigan points.

Equally as notable statistically was that leading scorer Courtney Boylan didn’t score a single point in the win. Coach Kevin Borseth said that's a sign the Wolverines were playing well offensively.

“Tonight we had some opportunities for other people to score and Courtney was able to play defense and not really have to have that burden of rescuing us every time the shot clock wound down,” he said of his senior point guard.

Michigan also owned the glass, out-rebounding the Sycamores 44-28. The Wolverines had 17 offensive rebounds and outscored Indiana State 19-0 in second-chance points.

Deja Mattox, Anna Munn and Howell native Nikki Gunning scored eight points apiece for Indiana State (5-5).

Michigan hosts Illinois State at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in its final non-conference game of the season.


Nice in A2

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 7:57 p.m.

About the "being asked to sit in the wings" seating issue about this game: I just got a very pleasant phone call from the athletic department in response to my email to them. THERE WAS A MISTAKE MADE BY ONE USHER AT THIS GAME. It is only the first few rows of each section that are "pre-purchased ticket seating only". These are those temporary seats that they pull out to cover the practice court areas. The seats closest to the court. The seats that my party uses (and have used for years) are A-OK for general seating. All the seats at or above the old press row (and behind the student standing section) are fine for general seating. And they are great seats for basketball. Come out and support the woman's team!!! They are a fine team that is getting better by the game.

Nice in A2

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 7:10 p.m.

I hear ya' Tim. I felt that this matter was handled poorly. I understand that it is their business if they want to change the policy but they could have announced it at a previous game or had signs in the lobby. I do check their web page before most games. I suggest you join me in mentioning this to the athletic department and encouraging them to change the policy. I fear they are offending their core fan base for no good reason. You can leave a phone or email message by using info from this link. <a href="" rel='nofollow'>;catid=12&amp;Itemid=50</a>


Sun, Dec 18, 2011 : 8:52 p.m.

But they still can't beat the EMU Women!!!!


Sun, Dec 18, 2011 : 3:39 p.m.

@ Tim. Thats the Michigan way. Just because the seat is empty doesn't mean you can sit in it. They want you to pay up to sit in the &quot;good seats&quot;


Sun, Dec 18, 2011 : 4:59 p.m.

Seems dumb ,with so little support for a very good UM woman's basketball team you would think that they would try to accommodate ( instead of alienating ) existing fans. Those other seats were not sold so what's the point? I am less likely to attend now than I was a year ago.


Sun, Dec 18, 2011 : 12:53 p.m.

Great game but what's up with the seating ? I bought tickets and they forced all general admission tickets holders to sit on the ends of court (even though the middle section was 80% empty).