ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Veronica Burton hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2:35 to play, Sydney Wood drained the clinching free throws with 8.1 seconds left and No. 19 Northwestern edged Michigan 66-60 on Thursday night.
Michigan shot 52% and took a 35-30 lead at halftime. With Wood making all three of her field-goal attempts and all four free throws, Northwestern was 8-of-14 shooting with two 3s and hit all seven free throws in the third quarter. The 25-14 advantage gave Northwestern a 55-49 lead.
Both teams struggled in the fourth quarter, Northwestern was 3-of-12 shooting and Michigan 3 of 13 and they combined for nine turnovers. It was tied at 60 before Burton’s big shots. Both teams had several empty possessions before Wood clinched it from the foul line and Burton added a free throw with a second left.
Wood and Abi Scheid scored 14 points apiece and Burton and Abbie Wolf added 13 each for Northwestern (21-3, 11-2 Big Ten Conference).
Akienreh Johnson led the Wolverines (16-8, 7-6) with 15 points and Amy Dilk and Hailey Brown added 12 each.
Both teams entered with three-game winning streaks. Northwestern, which won the first meeting 81-73 two weeks earlier, is a half-game behind Maryland and a half-game ahead of Iowa at the top of the conference standings.
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