Rutgers Women’s Basketball

Kai Carter led the way with 17 points, but Rutgers women's hoops fell 81-58 to Michigan on Thursday night. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.

Kai Carter netted a personal season high 17-points scored, but Rutgers couldn’t out-muscle the 14th ranked Michigan Wolverines, falling 81-58. The loss drops Rutgers to 8-12 on the season and 2-6 against Big Ten competition.

Michigan shot 50 percent from the floor and was perfect at the free throw line. In addition, the Wolverines shot 60 percent in the third quarter, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 27-17 in a quarter that all but decided the contest.

Emily Kiser led the way for Michigan with 25 points; Lalia Phelia netted 23 points for Michigan.

In addition to Carter’s 17-points; Kaylene Smikle contributed 12 points and Kassondra Brown added eight on her night.

Rutgers trailed by as little as two points, 18-16 as the second quarter began, before Michigan rolled up a 13-3 run to extend its lead to 31-19 thanks in major part to three-pointers by Phelia and Kiser. Michigan’s offensive prowess on the glass continued into the third quarter as they maximized their lead to a game high 23-points by the 2:44 mark of the quarter.

Rutgers visits Michigan State on Sunday at 3 p.m.