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Red-hot teams to face off today

[ 0 ] January 5, 2013 |

One team is getting an ice bath Sunday when red-hot Michigan visits red-hot Iowa in women’s basketball.

Iowa (12-3, 1-0) has won seven straight games and is coming off a 77-71 home win over Ohio State on Thursday.

Michigan (12-2, 1-0) also has won seven straight games. The dual streaks are the longest active streaks in the Big Ten.

“7-0 is nice,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “8-0 sounds better next week.”

The 12-2 start for the Wolverines is the best in school history and a strong start for first-year coach Kim Barnes Arico.

The Wolverines are built with defense, holding teams to 49.9 points per game. Opponents are only shooting 35.3 percent against Michigan, including just 28.1 percent from the arc.

The last team to score more than 50 points on Michigan was Florida (53) back on Dec. 1.

Michigan also owns a plus-13.4 rebounding margin. And the top rebounder is senior forward Rachel Sheffer (6.1 per game), so the Wolverines do it by committee.

Kate Thompson leads Michigan in scoring with 15.8 points per game and has 11 games with three or more 3-pointers.

Michigan leads the league in 3-pointers per game (7.0) and 3-point FG percentage (41 percent).

Eight different players have a 3-pointer for Michigan, but after the 54 by Thompson, the next-highest is 17 by senior guard Jenny Ryan.

Ryan almost had the first triple-double in school history for the Wolverines in the 65-48 win over Indiana on Wednesday, with 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Senior Nya Jordan had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Senior forward Sam Arnold provided a spark off the bench with a team-best 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

The only Michigan losses have come at Utah 59-40 and against No. 4 Duke 71-54.

“If you want to finish in the top four or five teams in this conference, you have to take care of home court,” Bluder said.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball

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