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Hillmon, No. 11 Michigan women beat rival Michigan State

NCAA Womens Basketball: Michigan at Notre Dame

Dec 3, 2020; South Bend, IN, USA; MichiganÕs Danielle Rauch (23) goes after a ball that came loose after Leigha Brown (32) and Destinee Walker (24) collided during the Michigan at Notre Dame NCAA women’s basketball game Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend. Mandatory Credit: Michael Caterina-USA TODAY NETWORK

South Bend Tribune-USA TODAY NET

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Naz Hillmon had 31 points and seven rebounds, Leigha Brown added 20 points, five rebounds and four assists, and No. 11 Michigan beat rival Michigan State 86-82 on Tuesday.

Hillmon and Brown combined for a 7-0 run to give Michigan a 79-69 lead with 3:09 remaining. The duo scored 12 of Michigan’s final 14 points despite both playing the entire fourth quarter with four fouls. Hillmon scored six points in five fourth-quarter minutes and Brown added six points in seven minutes.

Akienreh Johnson had 11 points and nine rebounds for Michigan (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten Conference), which beat Michigan State for the third straight time - its longest streak in the series since 1999-02.

Hillmon made all five of her field goals in the first quarter and scored 12 points to help Michigan lead 22-14. She scored 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting in the first half, and finished 12 of 14.

Nia Clouden led Michigan State (11-6, 6-6) with a career-high 34 points. She was 11 of 19 from the field and 9 of 11 at the free-throw line. Alyza Winston added 18 points.

Michigan is scheduled to play No. 14 Indiana on Thursday and No. 15 Ohio State on Sunday.