Michigan 69

(13-7, 6-2 Big Ten)

(24) Ohio State 66

(13-7, 4-4 Big Ten)

    7:00 PM ET, January 27, 2011

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    MICH 33 3669
    #24OSU 46 2066

    Top Performers

    Michigan: R. Sheffer 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

    Ohio State: S. Prahalis 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Rachel Sheffer helps Michigan rally late past Ohio State

    Associated Press

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rachel Sheffer was calm as she approached the free throw line with a chance to help Michigan earn a memorable win over Ohio State.

    She capped a career-best 23-point performance with a pair of free throws with 29 seconds to play to help the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes 69-66.

    Sheffer's free throws put the Wolverines up 67-66 after they trailed by 14 early in the second half.

    "Just like every day in practice, no pressure really," she said to herself.

    Michigan had never beaten the Buckeyes (13-7, 4-4) twice in a season and the Wolverines had not won in Columbus since Jan. 21, 2001.

    Michigan's 64-51 win against Ohio State (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) on Dec. 30 in Ann Arbor was its first in the series in 15 games.

    Samantha Prahalis led the Buckeyes with 25 points; 19 came in the first half when she went 7 for 7 from the floor, including five 3-pointers, for a 46-33 lead.

    "She just went off," Michigan coach Kevin Borseth said. "She was the X-factor in the first half."

    Michigan (13-7, 6-2) whittled away at the deficit and got within 66-65 when Sheffer was fouled by Jantel Lavender while making a shot.

    She hit the free throw with 1:22 left and Ohio State missed two shots before fouling Sheffer again.

    "We couldn't get a stop [in the second half]," Prahalis said. "Then on offense it was kind of dull and stale. We weren't really moving or getting into a fluid rhythm."

    After Sheffer's free throws put Michigan ahead by one, Prahalis missed a jumper but teammate Alison Jackson was fouled going for the rebound with 3 seconds left.

    Jackson missed both foul shots and Prahalis immediately fouled Jenny Ryan.

    She hit a pair of free throws for the final margin before Brittany Johnson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    Veronica Hicks added 14 points for the Wolverines.

    Johnson finished with 14 points and Lavender had 10 points for the Buckeyes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 69 66
    FG Made-Attempted 23-55 (.418) 22-52 (.423)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-22 (.455) 11-21 (.524)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-14 (.929) 11-19 (.579)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 14

    Game Leaders

    PointsR. Sheffer 23S. Prahalis 25
    ReboundsK. Thompson 7J. Lavender 14
    AssistsJ. Ryan 5S. Prahalis 6
    StealsC. Reynolds 4S. Prahalis 2

    2010-11 Season

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