Dishing With KBA (Week 1)

Michigan women's bball coach Kim Barnes Arico recaps Michigan's exhibition victory over Davenport, the calming presence of her seniors, the strong showing by her freshmen, and much much more.


Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team had four players score in double figures and used a 22-4 first-half run to distance itself from Davenport en route to a 74-39 exhibition win on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 2) at Crisler Center.

Freshman Katelynn Flaherty led the way offensively for Michigan, finishing with 17 points and six assists. She was 6-of-12 from the floor, hitting five three-pointers. Senior Cyesha Goree narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds

Michigan fell behind 5-0 to start the contest, but Flaherty hit a jumper at the top of the key followed by back-to-back triples to put Michigan on top 8-5 with 17:06 showing on the clock. The Wolverines extended their run to 22-4, taking a 22-9 lead off a Goree layup from Madison Ristovski with 11:14 left in the half.

The Panthers answered with a 10-2 run to close within five points, 24-19, with 7:53 to play. Michigan then scored seven of the next nine points to push its lead back to 10 points, 31-21, off another Flaherty triple at the 4:50 mark.

The Maize and Blue scored four of the final six points of the half to take a 35-23 halftime lead. Flaherty led all scorers with 14, Goree chipped in eight, Shannon Smithhad seven, and Siera Thompson scored six points as Michigan shot 44.8 percent (13-for-29) from the floor. U-M hit 40 percent of its triples (4-for-10), all coming from Flaherty in the frame.

The Wolverines jumped out to a 19-point lead off seven straight points -- a Thompson triple, an Nicole Elmblad steal and score and a Smith jumper in transition -- in the first 1:22 of the second half for a 42-23 lead.

After Davenport got within 19 points again at the 8:07 mark, the Wolverines ripped off seven straight points from Goree and Elmblad to push the margin back to 26, 58-32, with 5:54 left. Michigan's final scoring margin of 35 points was its largest of the game.


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