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Reynolds notches milestone in 'M'win
By MICHAEL LAURILA
Daily Sports Writer
With 18:50 left in the game
against Illinois on Friday, junior
forward Rachel Scheffer drove
and dished the ball to senior
Carmen MICHIGAN 68
Reynolds ILLINOIS 52
for an easy
While it was an everyday play
for the Wolverines women's bas-
ketball team, it just so happened to
be Reynolds' 1,001st career point.
"I'm so happy for Carmen," said
senior guard Courtney Boylan.
"She's worked her butt off for the
past four years that she's been
here and she's so deserving of get-
ting a 1,000 points. I'm just really
proud of her and how hard she's
worked to get to this point."
Reynolds became the 22nd
Michigan player to record the sta-
tistic. Last season, Veronica Hicks
topped the 1,000-point mark, as
did Carly Benson two seasons ago.
The Wolverines won their Big
Ten opener with a 68-52 victory
over the Fighting Illini at Assem-
bly Hall in Champaign, bringing
the team to 12-2 overall. Though
Illinois is not one of the strongest
teams in the conference, the very
nature of Big Ten play poses chal-
lenges for the Wolverines.
"I think (Big Ten play com-
pared non-conference play) is a
huge difference," Boylan said. "To
me, it's just a lot more physical and
it's a lot more competitive because
you've played these teams every
year and we're a lot more familiar
with one another."
In the first half, Michigan held
o-dis o Dec.- 3.,
Senior forward Carmen Reynolds reached the 1,000-point rnilestone on a layup in a victory over llinois on Dec. 30.
the Fighting Illini to just 10 points
on 4-for-19 attempts from the
field, also forcing 13 turnovers in
the first half alone.
But it wasn't only a defensive
effort in the first half. The Wol-
verines shot an impressive 42.4
percent from the field and had just
eight turnovers. Michigan took a
17-point lead and the lion's share
of the momentum into halftime.
"I think in the first half our
defense was really good," said
Michigan coach Kevin Borseth.
"It created some offense opportu-
nities too. I thought the first half
was the best part of that game."
Though Illinois scored 40
points in the second half, it wasn't
enough to come back. The Wol-
verines continued to get to the
basket and score - the final line
was a 45-percent shooting perfor-
"We were really creating for
each other (on offense)," said
junior forward Rachel Scheffer.
"If we got the ball inside they dou-
bled us, and then we'd pass it out."
Reynolds added: "I think we
did a good job when we got in the
post. We either dished it out to a
shooter or a cutter to the basket.
I think that was pretty critical for
Reynolds led the way for Mich-
igan, scoring 16 points on 7-for-
11 shooting. She also scored two
3-pointers - putting her just six
away from being the all-time lead-
er in that category. Boylan scored
12 points and junior guard Jenny
Ryan added 12.
Fighting Illini junior Karisma
Penn recorded a double-double,
scoring 22 of her team's 50 points
and pulling down 11 rebounds.
The sturdy, 6-2 forward dominat-
ed in the paint, where she tallied
the majority of her points.
But the Wolverines depth was
evident: Their bench scored 17
points compared to Illinois' three
points. Junior guard Kate Thomp-
son scored seven points and junior
center Sam Arnold added five
points in reserve roles, and the
Fighting Illini were left without
an answer to Michigan's bench.
Though Illinois isn't the biggest
team, it still has significant size
down low - anchored by Penn.
Michigan's ability to outscore and
out-rebound the FightingIllini is a
good sign as the Wolverines move
through their conference slate.
overtime and a flawless Hun-
wick performance to snap the skid.
Saying that Michigan has had a
roller coaster first half would be
like saying Matt Flynn made the
Detroit Lions' defense look only
slightly invisible on Sunday.
But during their stay at Joe
Louis Arena this weekend, it wasn't
just good hockey. It was "Michi-
gan hockey" - the mistake-free,
heads-up brand of play that Beren-
son stresses. Passes, like junior
defenseman Lee Moffie's halfway
through the championship game's
overtime period, sailed right to the
tape of teammate's sticks. In that
instance, sophomore defenseman
Kevin Clare easily tapped in the
"Open net," Clare said with a
shrug, like his second career goal
could've scored itself.
And those stupid, untimely pen-
alties that have plagued this team
constantly? Well, the Wolverines
weren't exactly choir boys, espe-
cially against Boston College when
junior forward Chris Brown took
his obligatory trip to the box and
senior defenseman Greg Pateryn
But Friday night in the title game
against Michigan State, they played
with more discipline. And the Spar-
tans,rather, took a devastating pen-
alty that may have cost them the
game. With his team leading 2-1
with justovertwominutes remain-
ing in the game, Michigan State's
Brett Darnell was penalized for
the second time in the third period.
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helped his team, which Spar-
tan defenseman and first-team all-
tournament member Torey Krug
described as "fast" and "one of the
best transition teams in the nation."
"There's no media timeouts in
overtime," Berenson said. "Itlike the
pace and I like the momentum that
gets going for everyone."
That momentum was hardly on
the Wolverines' side during regula-
tion. Twice, they had to fight back
from two-goal deficits.
After Michigan-State's Tanner
Sorenson ripped a shot from outside
of the circle for the first goal of his
career, the Spartans went into the
second intermission ahead.
But midway through the third
period, Michigan junior forward
Derek DeBlois spotted a rebound
that Palmisano couldn't catch up to.
Just two minutes later, however,
Brett Perlini regained the lead for
Michigan State on a one timer from
the left circle. Trailing 2-1 with two
minutes remaining, the Wolverines,
playing with a sense of urgency,
When asked if the referees should
have swallowed their whistles late
in the game, Spartan coach Tom
Anastos said they got it right.
"It was a penalty," Anastos said.
And it was one that allowed the
Wolverines to equalize and to win.
Shots found twine despite hot
goalies and the clock winding
down. And Hunwick made sure
they didn't at the other end.
So which Michigan team can
we expect to see for the last seven
weekends of the regular season?
The downtrodden bunch that
makes the 2011 tournament run
feel like a distant memory? Or the
upstart, opportunistic squad that
hung a banner at Joe Louis this
The next three weekends will
dictate the answer. A surprisingly
hot Lake Superior State team comes
to YostIce Arena Friday and Satur-
day. Next weekend, it's a chance
for revenge against CCHA-leading
Ohio State. The Buckeyes swept
Michigan at Yost in November.
The series finale will be outdoors,
where the Wolverines dominated
last season, this time at Cleveland's
Progressive Field. Then it's peren-
nial power Notre Dame. If Michi-
gan had taken care of business in
the first half, it could afford itself
some series splits. But senior cap-
tain Luke Glendening said before
the holiday break that they can't be
satisfied with winning one of two.
Playing "Michigan hockey" can
make that a reality.
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needing a spark. The Spartans took
an untimely penalty for tripping,
meaning Michigan would essential-
lyclose the game on the power play.
After a constantbarrage of shots
eluded the Wolverines. So Berenson
elected to pull Hunwick and give
his team a two-man advantage. All
Michigan power play woes aside,
this one wasdestined to succeed.
Junior forward Kevin Lynch was
standing at point-blank range when
he found twine after a pass from
sophomore forward Luke Moffatt
and sent the game into overtime.
The win won't show up in the
CCHA standings, as it was a non-
league affair. But Berenson hinted
before the tournament that he has
seen the GLI dictate his team's sec-
ond-half performance far too often
- for better or worse.
the Wolverines see it as a spring-
"I think we're making strides
in the right direction," Treais said.
"Winning two games here is huge
goinginto the second half ofthe sea-
son. Maybe we want it more."
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the Wolverines' second confer-
"(The last possession) wasn't
designed for me," Williams said. "I
just happened to be open and it felt
good, but it just didn't go down."
Michigan (2-0,12-2) came out of
the gates sloppily, committing four
turnovers in the first four minutes
of the gdmsnt sesmmunicationissues
and errant passes put Michigan in
an early 6-1 hole, but the Wolver-
"Last year we might have not
bounced back from the first four
minutes," said senior guard Stu
Douglass. "Putthose firstfourmin-
utes and four turnovers and missed
free throws, missed shots ... kind of
put it behind us and went forward
and just stayed together. Last year
I don't think we really would have
Both teams struggled to score in
the opening frame, with the Golden
Gophers making30 percentoftheir
shots while the Wolverines shot
just 28 percent
But the Wolverines went on an
18-5 run to take an eight-point lead
before Minnesota closed the gap
in the final minutes of the opening
frame. Michigan went into the half
Burke was 4-for-6 in the half.
He drained a 3-pointer and sank
two closer jump shots on the move,
sparking Michigan's run.
The freshman finished the half
with 11 points - no other Wolver-
ine had more than three points.
Burke was the only Michigan scor-
er to finish in double figures for the
In the second half, Burke's
attacks came closer to the basket.
He challenged Minnesota guard
Maverick Ahanmisi on the screen-
.and-roll and was able to convert on
layups and drawfouls.
"They tried to play the perimeter
and they really didn't letus get a lot
of open threes," Burke said. "We
kept taking what they gave us. Like
(assistant) coach (LaVall Jordan)
said, 'Don't make a mistake, let the
defense make a mistake for you and
just go off of what they give you."'
Burke finished with 8-for-
11 shooting, making both of his
3-point attempts and converting on
nine of 11 free throws.
He shouldered the scoring load,
as the Wolverines with the hot
hands the last few games strug-
gled to find the basket.Sophomore
forward Tim Hardaway Jr., who
scored 26 points on Thursday
against Penn State, had just seven
And sophomore forward Evan
Smotrycz, coming off three straight
double-doubles, kept up his strong
rebounding, but made little impact
in the scoring column. He finished
with two points and nine rebounds.
"You always want to take the big
scorers out," Williams said. "But
once we do that, then we got to still
contain the other guys and that's
something we didn't do today."
The Golden Gophers briefly tied
Michigan in the second half, and
the Wolverines kept a comfortable
cushion until the final minutes.
But two straight 3-pointers from
guard Julian Welch brought Min-
nesota to within one point with just
under two minutes remaining. And
after a miss from Novak, the Gold-
en Gophers had a chance to take the
lead, but air-balled as the shotclock
A jump shot from Hardaway Jr.
gave Michigan a 3-point lead and
they wouldn't give it away.
Minnesota couldn't convert on
its final chance to tie the game.
Michigan defied the Mayans and
avoided a collapse on its first game
of the new year.
"It was definitely a Big Ten bat-
tle," said Morgan. "Big shots didn't
fall for us necessarily, but we still
gutted this one out."
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