Michigan Cruises Past Illinois, 68-53

March 1, 2012

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The University of Michigan women's basketball team shot 47.9 for the game to pull out a 68-53 win over Illinois to open play at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Courtney Boylan (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) scored 17 points, connecting 6-of-8 from the field to lead U-M in scoring. Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./ Wayzata) connected 5-of-8, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc, to score 13 points off the bench. Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) chipped in 12 points and Jenny Ryan Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central) pulled in a team-high six rebounds to go with eight points. Ryan and Sheffer both finished with three steals.

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