Second-half surge leads Michigan women's basketball team past Florida Atlantic, 73-51
Joe Tobianski | AnnArbor.com
Through the first half of the Michigan women’s basketball team’s game against Florida Atlantic on Monday night, the Wolverines’ offensive attack was limited basically to Courtney Boylan and Rachel Sheffer.
With those players accounting for 20 points, the Wolverines trailed 28-24 at intermission. The rest of the team was 2-of-12 shooting and Michigan was 0-for-7 from 3-point range.
Carmen Reynolds erased all of that in the first two minutes of the second half.
Reynolds hit 3-point baskets on the Wolverines’ first two possessions of the second half and Michigan went on to a 73-51 win at Crisler Arena.
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"We could not make a basket, but in the second half we extended our defense a little bit," Michigan coach Kevin Borseth said. "We went after them with some traps that helped us a lot."
Sheffer, who finished with a game-high 20 points, helped the Wolverines pull away for good midway through the second half by blocking an FAU shot, gathering up the loose ball and pulling up for a 3-point basket on the offensive end. The shot put Michigan ahead 47-39 with 11:03 left to play.
"In the first half (Sheffer) could not get the ball in the basket. She was pretty frustrated and that gives credit to the other team's defense because they were playing really hard," Borseth said. "But in the second half, she was on fire. She got to the basket; she is our kid around the hole."
Boylan, named the Big Ten Player of the Week earlier Monday, finished with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Reynolds and Kate Thompson scored eight points apiece.
Michigan junior guard Jenny Ryan had career-highs in steals (9) and assists (8).
FAU sophomore guard Takia Brooks scored 15 of her team-high 17 points in the first half.