No. 17 Michigan women deny Northwestern with closing run

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Emily Kiser and Laila Phelia scored 18 points each and No. 17 Michigan shut down Northwestern in the final minutes of a 77-66 victory for the Wolverines on Sunday.

Leigha Brown added 10 points and 11 assists for Michigan, which won its Big Ten opener.

An 8-0 run gave Michigan a 61-53 lead in the fourth quarter before Northwestern’s Melannie Daley hit a jumper and Jillian Brown scored the next four points to get the Wildcats back within 61-59. At that point, Michigan put the game out of reach with a 16-3 run in which Maddie Nolan hit a 3-pointer and the Wolverines made 9 of 10 from the line.

Brown had 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for Northwestern (4-4, 0-1 Big Ten). Caileigh Walsh had 12 points and four blocks, and Sydney Wood scored 10 points.

Michigan, which played at home for the first time since Nov. 16, is 9-0 for the second consecutive season. Last year’s team established a program-record by starting 10-0. The Wolverines can match that on Thursday against Baylor.


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