alternate headline: man does job
The Women of Michigan have an early 14-point deficit playing on the home court of West Region's top seed, Stanford, 21-7. Stanford is hitting from practically everywhere on the court so far...
Michigan has swept this week's Big Ten player of the week awards as Jenny Ryan was named the women's winner today.
- Posted 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in Michigan’s victory over Michigan State last weekend
- Did not commit a turnover in 39 minutes of action
- Made four free throws in the final 17 seconds to seal the Wolverines’ one-point win
- Earns the first weekly award of her career
The Michigan women's team has had a very good season, but they've done it without the elite players the men's team has. So this type of individual recognition has been rare. No one on the women's squad has won a Big Ten weekly award since Courtney Boylan was named player of the week in November 2011.
Michigan (19-6; 8-4) plays #24 Nebraska (19-6; 9-3) at home on Thursday at 7pm. It's a Triple-Threat Thursday—just $3 gets you a general admission ticket, a hot dog, and a drink.
Here's a bit more on Ryan's year and career from an mgoblue.com release:
This season, Ryan is averaging a career-best 11.2 points per game. For her career, she ranks second in school history in both assists (454) and steals (280), third in games played (122), 10th in rebounds (672) and 28th in points (911). Earlier this season, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team for the second straight year.
The Michigan women's basketball team survived a scare from Detroit tonight to pull out a 61-51 road victory. The Wolverines had led by as many as 19 in the second half before a late run by the Titans cut the lead to 2 (52-50) with 3:15 to go. Michigan then finished the game on a 9-1 run to secure the victory.
Michigan was led by Jenny Ryan, who had a great all-around game with 9 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds, and 6 steals. The scoring leaders for the team were Kate Thompson with 16 and Rachel Sheffer with 14.
The victory avenges Michigan's loss to the Titans last year—and more importantly keeps their tournament resume free of "bad" losses. The team next travels to EMU for a Sunday road game at 2:00 pm. The Eagles beat Michigan in the first round of the WNIT last year, so revenge week continues. On paper, EMU figures to be a tougher matchup than Detroit was, as the Titans' record is now 1-8 while EMU is 4-2 and recently took Michigan State to overtime before losing 60-59.