With about 12 minutes remaining in the Michigan women’s basketball team’s WNIT quarterfinal against Syracuse, freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins dove on a ball fumbled by an Orange player.
After Hollins wrestled and came out with possession, she dished the ball to freshman guard Jenny Ryan from her back. Ryan and the Wolverines now had a four-on-one.
Ryan passed it to sophomore forward Carmen Reynolds who fed the ball to a wide-open Veronica Hicks under the basket. The junior guard drained the layup and was fouled. She made it a 3-point play after she cashed the freebie in.
Hollins’s ferocious fight for the ball and the Wolverines’ ability to share the wealth and work it to every player defines why Michigan won this contest 78-52 on Sunday at Crisler Arena.
Michigan’s first points came from Reynolds. Reynolds sank a three from the wing to spark what became a 21-7 run. Reynolds went on to score a career-high of 20 points in the first half. On the game, Reynolds scored 26 points, eclipsing her previous record of 21.
The Wolverines will advance to the WNIT semifinal. They will play the winner of the Miami and Providence game at Crisler Arena on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.