Michigan upsets No. 14 Iowa
Borseth picks up 500th win in coaching career
Courtesy of Michigan Athletics
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Junior guard Courtney Boylan tied her career high with 18 points and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line to lead a trio of players in double figures as the University of Michigan women's basketball team picked up its third consecutive win over a ranked opponent with a 60-53 upset win at No. 14 Iowa on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win marks head coach Kevin Borseth's 500th in his coaching career (Division I and Division II).
Also in double figures for Michigan was sophomore guard Jenny Ryan with 15 points, one shy of her career high, and senior guard Veronica Hicks with 11 points. Junior guard/forward Carmen Reynolds led the way on the glass with 10 rebounds, tying her career high.
Michigan, which never trailed in the second half, maintained a double-figure lead for the majority of the second half before the Hawkeyes climbed back down the stretch. In the final 1:47, Iowa twice cut the lead to four points, but U-M sealed the game from the free throw line, hitting six of its final nine free throw attempts to move to 2-0 in Big Ten action.
U-M kept the momentum going from the first half and opened the second half with a 10 -5 run -- with all 10 points coming in the paint -- to take a 36-26 lead, its largest lead of the game, at the 16:19 mark of the second half. Iowa cut the lead to five points with back-to-back baskets from Morgan Johnson, but U-M responded with a 5-0 burst, including a triple from Hicks to keep the lead at 10 points.
It was a slow start from both teams to open the game. Iowa opened the game 1-of-8 from the floor and Michigan was just 1-of-3 from the floor through the first media timeout. Sophomore guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) tied the game at 5-5 with three-point play after hitting a basket underneath and getting fouled.
Iowa took its largest lead of the half at the 4:13 mark of the first stanza, but after a timeout from the U-M bench, the Wolverines went on a 13-1 run to close the half, including scoring the last eight points of the half. Ryan led the Wolverines with nine of U-M's 13 points during the run as U-M took a 26-21 lead into halftime. Ryan, who posted 13 first-half points, was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and the free throw line.