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Posted on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 10:14 p.m.

After slow start, Michigan women's basketball team loses 66-60 at Wisconsin

By Staff

Another slow start put the Michigan women’s basketball team on its first losing streak of the season.

The Wolverines made just 1-of-13 shots from 3-point range and scored a season-low 16 points in the first half Monday night at Wisconsin. A late rally came up short in a 66-60 Big Ten loss at the Kohl Center.

Michigan has lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Wolverines were 0-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half of a 77-56 loss to Penn State on Thursday.

Despite the early struggles, Michigan (16-6, 5-4) never stopped shooting from long-distance. And that eventually allowed the Wolverines to claw back into the game.

After starting 2-of-19 from the arc, Michigan hit three straight attempts (two by Kate Thompson, one by Carmen Reynolds) during a 16-0 run that tied the game at 47-47 with 5:50 left to play.

From there, neither team led by more than two points until Wisconsin’s Jade Davis hit a 3-pointer to put the Badgers ahead 56-52 with 2:24 left. Following a 3-point miss by Reynolds, Cassie Rochel put Wisconsin (8-13, 4-5) up 58-52 with 1:37 remaining.

Michigan’s Jenny Ryan hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead back to three points, but Rochel responded with a traditional three-point play and Wisconsin went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line in final 36 seconds to seal the win.

Junior center Rachel Sheffer scored 20 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for Michigan. Thompson and Courtney Boylan added 11 points apiece for the Wolverines.

Junior guard Taylor Wurtz led the Badgers with 21 points and seven rebounds. Davis finished with 13 points and Rochel scored all nine of her points in the second half.

With the loss, Michigan drops into a fifth-place tie with Michigan State (13-9, 5-4). The Wolverines host Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. Thursday before hosting the Spartans at 3 p.m. Sunday.