Michigan’s Fourth-Quarter Comeback Falls Short at Michigan State

2/10/2022 9:28:00 PM

// Sarah VanMetre

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» Michigan opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run and eventually got within one of the Spartans with 1:38 remaining, but an MSU three-pointer the next trip down ended Michigan’s hopes of a comeback.
» Naz Hillmon led the way with 27 points and nine boards, with Danielle Rauch joining her in double figures with 12.
» The rivals will meet again in two weeks at Crisler Center (Feb. 24).

Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
Score: Michigan State 63, #4 Michigan 57
Records: U-M (20-3, 11-2 B1G), MSU (13-10, 7-5 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 13 — at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), Noon CST

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan women’s basketball team mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, getting within one of the Spartans after trailing by as many as 10 but could not get any closer as Michigan State held on for a 63-57 win Thursday night (Feb. 10) at the Breslin Center.

Michigan opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run, capped by a Danielle Rauch triple to cut a nine-point MSU lead to just two at the 7:58 mark of the final quarter. The teams went scoreless for nearly three minutes before the Spartans beat the shot clock with a triple at the top of the key to push the lead back to five with 5:12 remaining on the clock.

U-M stuck with it, eventually closing to within one point, 56-55, on a layup from Naz Hillmon with 1:38 remaining. MSU again hit a back-breaking triple with less than a second on the shot clock the next trip down, essentially sealing the game with just over a minute remaining. U-M tried to extend the game by fouling but could not get any closer.

Hillmon led the Wolverines with 27 points and nine boards, with Rauch joining her in double figures with 12 points and five assists. U-M shot 40.4 percent from the floor (23-for-57) and held a slim 34-31 advantage on the glass, but MSU held a 15-0 advantage in bench points.

Michigan (20-3, 11-2 Big Ten) opened the game on an 8-0 run, forcing a Michigan State timeout with 6:43 to go in the first. U-M strung together baskets from Hillmon, Rauch, Laila Phelia and Emily Kiser over four straight possessions for the early lead.

MSU used a 6-0 run to close within a point, 10-9, as Michigan called timeout with 4:14 on the first quarter clock. The Spartans took their first lead, 11-10, with 3:51 remaining.

Hillmon ended a nearly four-minute long scoring drought for Michigan with a putback and followed it up with a pair of free throws with 1:01 on the clock, giving the Maize and Blue a 14-11 lead after 10 minutes.

Michigan hit the half with a 29-26 lead after Phelia scored on the final possession. Hillmon paced the Wolverines with 14 first-half points as U-M shot 48.0 percent from the field (12-for-25) in the opening 20 minutes.

MSU opened the third quarter with five straight points for a 31-29 lead before Phelia got the layup to go and tie the contest at 31.

With Michigan State (13-10, 7-5 Big Ten) on a 10-0 run, U-M called timeout with 3:00 left in the third quarter as the Spartans pulled ahead, 43-36. MSU pushed its lead to double digits, 46-36, with 1:56 remaining in the third quarter.

Michigan scored four straight to close the gap to six points, 46-40, but MSU hit a triple on its final possession for a 49-40 lead after 30 minutes.

U-M is back in action on Sunday (Feb. 13), traveling to Northwestern for a noon CST tipoff.

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