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Posted on Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 2:05 p.m.

Michigan women's basketball team wins at Indiana, U-M softball gets 4th straight shutout

By Staff

Junior center Rachel Sheffer had game-high totals of 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Michigan women’s basketball team to a 61-48 win at Indiana on Sunday.

Senior guard Courtney Boylan added 14 points and five assists for the Wolverines, who won at Assembly Hall for the first time since 2003.

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Rachel Sheffer

Indiana, playing without injured leading scorer Jasmine McGhee, got 17 points from Aulani Sinclair.

Michigan (19-8, 8-6) built a double-digit lead early in the second half, but the last-place Hoosiers (5-22, 0-14) wouldn’t let the Wolverines pull away.

After Michigan took its largest lead, 48-32 on a pair of Jenny Ryan free throws with 11:32 left to play, Sinlair answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the lead to 10.

The Wolverines, who lost a 14-point second-half lead to Iowa on Thursday, kept the margin between 9 and 13 points over the final 10 minutes.

The Wolverines forced 19 Indiana turnovers and held a 21-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Michigan is one win shy of becoming just the fourth team in program history to win 20 games in a season. Only one other team - the 1999-2000 squad that finished with a school record 22 wins - accomplished the feat during the regular season.

The Wolverines close the regular season against two of the top four teams in the Big Ten standings, hosting Purdue on Thursday and traveling to Iowa next Sunday.


Michigan 4, Wright State 0: The Wolverines (8-1) got their fourth straight shutout, this one from Stephanie Speierman. The junior allowed five hits and struck out nine. Haylie Wagner had a two-run double in Michigan’s four-run fifth inning. (Details)


Michigan 14, West Virginia 3: Winning pitcher Ben Ballantine allowed three hits and one earned run through seven innings. John Lorenz kick-started the Wolverines (2-1) with a three-run home run in the first inning and added a two-run single in the seventh inning. Will Drake batted twice in the Wolverines’ six-run fifth inning, driving in Patrick Biondi (who led off with a triple) with a single for the first run and drawing a bases-loaded walk for the final run. (Details)

Eastern Michigan vs. Dayton: Game canceled due to rain in Spartansburg, S.C.


Puerto Rico Classic: Michigan shot a 306, tying them for 14th place after the first day of the 15-team tournament. Matt Thompson shot a 71 to lead the Wolverines. Alabama leads the pack with a 12-under par 276. (Details)


Lorain Steelmen

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:45 p.m.

Congrats to the lady Wolves, as Hutch has them off to yet another great start! This team will be fun to watch as they will feature several 'new' faces this year. Not the least to mention, the two freshman pitchers.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

That softball team is just flat out incredible. Hutch has that team humming year in and year out, and it's level of consistent excellence is a sight to behold. Sort of like another sport we all love to talk about though to be fair, women's gymnastics, men's hockey, diving and swimming and I'm sure others are also excellent year in and year out but I am just in awe of those softball women who are always on the road and always in there nationally.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:32 a.m.

shepard145, why take up space here putting down the women athletes (and non-high profile male athletes, if that was indeed your intent) who work hard every day and dedicate themselves to being the best student athletes they can be? Just because you can say what you said doesn't mean you should say it. I care. And I'm not one of the athletes or a family member.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 10:48 p.m.

What? I was just acting concerned with their fundraising activities so they won't have to be as submissive to the MENS football team when asking for funding. This is all about "empowerment"! When the girls basketball and volleyball teams have wet, soapy summer car washes, they not only generate several times more revenue then they take in at a game, but perform another service valued by some members in the community as well. Winning!

james Kurtz

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:27 a.m.

I need help. Where is the location of the UM softball games when they come to Orlando?


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 5:02 a.m.

Most likely at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex as it was in 2011


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 11:52 p.m.

Nobody cares but them and their families. ...when are they going to have a fundraiser car wash!!??