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#7 Wolverines Sweep #22 Ohio State with Dominant Road Win | 1.27.22


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan women’s basketball team raced out to a 13-2 lead and led by as many as 34 points to pick up its first season sweep of Ohio State since 2010-11, knocking off the No. 22-ranked Buckeyes 77-58 on Thursday evening (Jan. 27) at the Schottenstein Center.

Naz Hillmon became Michigan’s all-time leading rebounder in the contest, passing Trish Andrew’s previous record of 928. Hillmon grabbed 12 boards to push her career total to 935, while also recording 20 points, three assists and two steals. U-M had three other players in double figures in Leigha Brown (16), Maddie Nolan (13) and Emily Kiser (10). U-M shot 49.1 percent from the floor (26-for-53), while holding Ohio State to just 37.3 percent shooting (22-for-59). Michigan also held a dominant advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Buckeyes by 15, 43-28.

Michigan raced out to a 9-2 lead, forcing an Ohio State timeout at the 6:16 mark after Danielle Rauch converted a layup in transition with the foul. Rauch missed the freebie after the stoppage, but Hillmon grabbed the rebound and put it up for two more, increasing the Michigan lead to 11-2.

Michigan led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter, taking a 23-16 lead after 10 minutes.

U-M opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run for a 29-16 lead, forcing another OSU first-half timeout with 6:04 on the clock.

Michigan ended the second quarter on a 7-0 run behind a layup from Kiser and five straight from Brown, including a pull-up jumper with 2.8 seconds remaining for a 38-23 lead after 20 minutes. The Wolverines battled foul trouble in the first half with three starters picking up two fouls but shot an even 50 percent (15-for-30) from the floor and held a 23-15 advantage on the glass.

Michigan scored the first four points of the third quarter, bridging the half with an 11-0 run to force an Ohio State timeout with 8:30 remaining.

The stoppage did little to deter the Wolverines, who got a triple from Brown and a three-point play from Rauch as the Maize and Blue scored 17 of the next 23 points for a 30-point lead (59-29) with 3:22 left in the period.

Michigan led 63-36 after the third period and took its largest lead of the game on a pair of free throws from Brown with 7:20 left in the final period, 70-36.

U-M’s lead never shrunk below 20 until just before the final horn sounded, as OSU connected on a 35-foot triple. The 19-point margin of victory matches the largest in program history over the Buckeyes, which happened earlier this season in a 90-71 win at Crisler.



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