Shepard outrebounded Thome, 20-6, outscored her, 35-24, and also managed to stay out of foul trouble.
In Sunday’s game, Michigan led for just 22 seconds off the opening basket.
All in all, the two teams combined for 48 3-point attempts, with Ohio State making 54.5 percent of its deep shots.
Michigan came as close as three points behind, but it couldn’t play catch up after Ohio State was nearly perfect from the free throw line down the stretch.
Michigan’s opponent Thursday is the favorite, but a win would significantly aid the Wolverines’ resume.
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday came with the added benefit of no class, so the Wolverines truly had a day off. Having played five games in the last two weeks, they need all the rest they can get ahead of a grueling Big Ten stretch.
To call Chuck Raab a Michigan fan would be an understatement. He is the most diehard of the diehards, a guy who bleeds so blue a smurf would be impressed.
Katelynn Flaherty found her groove in the second half, leading the Wolverines in scoring with 23 points for the game,
Every coach in the Big Ten will say any team is capable of beating any other on a given night. Because of this, not one game in the conference is a given.
Jones’ physicality — as well as the rest of the Maryland squad — was too big of a challenge for Michigan, which was outrebounded, 43-38.