Michigan women's basketball remains perfect at home with 66-48 win over Indiana
Updated 5:35 p.m.
Junior center Rachel Sheffer scored 17 points and senior guard Courtney Boylan added 15 as the Michigan women’s basketball team maintained its perfect home record with a 66-48 win over Indiana on Sunday.
The Wolverines are now 8-0 at the Crisler Center and improved their program-best record to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten play after taking over late in the first half against the last-place Hoosiers.
A 3-pointer by junior guard Kate Thompson gave Michigan a 20-13 lead with 11:19 to play in the first half and the Wolverines outscored Indiana 22-6 over the remainder of the half to stretch their advantage to 42-19 by halftime.
Seven different players scored during the run, including six points apiece from Sheffer and Boylan.
Coach Kevin Borseth compared his team's offensive success to a 30-point at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands in November.
"We could basically get anything that we wanted. We played against Washington State earlier this year and Indiana had pretty much the same defense that Washington State had," Borseth said. "It's a match-up zone that leaves certain spots open. I thought we were pretty efficient against it. We got some good things on the basket and hit some key shots."
The 42 first-half points are a season-high for Michigan, which hit 52.9 percent (18-of-34) of its shots in the first 20 minutes. The Wolverines finished at 43.1 percent (28-of-56), including an efficient 7-for-9 performance by Sheffer.
"We were practicing for hours against their zone," Sheffer said. "We had great passes and found people wide open underneath."
Junior guard Jenny Ryan scored seven points and led the Wolverines with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Jasmine McGhee scored 15 points for Indiana (5-15, 0-7), which connected on just 29 percent (19-of-65) of its shots.
All 12 players on the Michigan roster saw at least two minutes of playing time, which Borseth said was good for team morale.
"It's really hard after the game for someone who didn't play at all to sing the Hail to the Victors. Their heart isn't quite in it the same way because they want to be a part of the win, and even though they are from a practice perspective, they want to get into the game and play," he said. "It was nice to see all of those players get in and get an opportunity to play a little bit, especially in front of the parents."
Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 6:36 p.m.
I would be helpful if the writer would include a link to the future women's home basketball schedule.
Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 4:03 p.m.
Really great to see the win. I found in last week's (1/16/12) NCAA rankings for Women's Basketball that University of Michigan was #16. Congratulations!
Blu n Tpa
Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 11:17 a.m.
Good job ladies and coaches. Michigan has to win the games they are suppose to win and avoid dropoffs in their performances against the lesser teams. Coach Borseth doesn't want to leave the decision to the selection committee again this season. Just win almost all their games and then there won't be any doubt that the Michigan women's BB team should go dancing in March. Thay are Michigan! TiM Go Blue!