Michigan ends perfect home season with win over Michigan State

Michigan trailed up to nine points in the first half before coming back to tie the game at halftime. UM scored the first four points of the third quarter and never trailed again.
» Naz Hillmon paced the Wolverines again, getting 28 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block.
» The senior class of Hillmon, Amy Dick, Emilie Kiser and Danielle Rauch was honored before the game.

To place: Ann Arbor, Michigan (Crisler Center)

Goal: #6 Michigan 62, Michigan State 51

Recordings: UM (22-4, 13-3 B1G), MSU (14-13, 8-8 B1G)

Next UM event: Sunday, February 27 – at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 3 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan women’s basketball team overcame a slow start, using a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter en route to a 62-51 win over Michigan. Michigan State Thursday night (February 24) at Crisler Center. The win capped a 14-0 home season for the Wolverines, the first unbeaten home season in program history.

Naz Hillmon led all players with 28 points, including 17 in the first half – more than half of Wolverines’ total points (32) before halftime. Maddie Nolan and Emilie Kiser each added eight runs and Kiser paced Michigan with nine boards. Amy Dick had six assists and three steals to lead the defensive effort.

UM got off to a slow start, trailing up to nine in the first quarter before slowly climbing back to lose only 14-10 after the opening 10 minutes.

Michigan cut the Spartans’ lead to just two after Hillmon scored on the opening possession of the second quarter, but MSU continued to respond as the teams traded buckets for several minutes.

Nolan hit back-to-back triples to cap an 8-0 Michigan run that pushed the Wolverines past the Spartans for the first time all game, 28-26, with 4:14 left in the second quarter. Neither team led by more than two points the rest of the period, trading baskets the rest of the way.

UM came back in front with a pair of free throws from Cameron Williams on his last possession, but Michigan State answered with a pair of his own to send the teams to the locker room tied at 32.

Michigan scored the first four points of the third quarter, getting buckets from Hillmon and Kiser to break the halftime tie. UM pushed their lead to six on a Kiser shot to beat the shot clock with 5:40 to go.

A drive-thru layup from Spartans’ Nia Clouden put Michigan State within two, 44-42, with 1:45 left in the third quarter, but a timely jump shot from a freshman Laila Phelia quickly restored Michigan to a four-point lead. MSU’s offense was stifled from then on as UM held the Spartans to just one field goal in the fourth quarter.

Michigan opened the fourth on a 10-0 run to put the game away. UM got consecutive buckets from Phelia, Kiser and Danielle Rauchforcing an MSU timeout at 7:50 as UM’s lead went into double digits for the first time, 54-44.

The timeout didn’t stop the run as four consecutive free throws from Hillmon and Nolan capped the push with 6:21 left and UM leading 14, 58-44. The lead stayed in double digits the rest of the way as UM took the win.

Michigan will wrap up the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 27, by traveling to Iowa to face the 21st-ranked Hawkeyes at 3 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

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