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Posted on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 11:55 p.m.

Michigan women's basketball wins Big Ten opener at Illinois, 70-50

By Staff

Carmen Reynolds scored 16 points, eclipsing the 1,000-point total for her career, and the Michigan women’s basketball team cruised to a 70-50 win in its Big Ten opener at Illinois.

The senior guard started and ended a 12-0 first-half run that gave the Wolverines a commanding lead in front of a crowd of 969 Friday night at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.

Reynolds’ ninth point of the first half put Michigan ahead 31-10 with 3:07 left before halftime. The Wolverines (14-2, 1-0) would lead 32-15 at the break and the Illinii (6-8, 0-1) never got back within 13 points.

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Carmen Reynolds

That left Reynolds at 999 career points. Less than two minutes into the second half, she’d become the 22nd player in program history to pass 1,000.

"I think we came out timid in the first half," Illinois head coach Jolette Law told "I think it came down to dictating on defense. We came out not talking on defense, not doing the things that we have done in the past. We went back to turning the ball over, not looking for our second and third options."

Senior guard Courtney Boylan (14 points), junior guard Jenny Ryan (12) and junior forward Rachel Sheffer (10) joined Reynolds in double-figure point totals. It’s the second time this season Michigan has had four double-digit scorers, the first coming in a loss at Eastern Michigan.

Karisma Penn led Illinois with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting, but the rest of the Illini combined to make 10-of-35 shot attempts.

Michigan plays at defending Big Ten champion Michigan State at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Spartans (9-5, 1-0) opened conference play with a 63-49 win at Indiana on Friday.