Dishing With KBA (Week 3)

Michigan women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico recaps season opening victories over Detroit (76-57) and Bucknell (68-61).

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used a 21-2 run to open the second half to erase an 11-point halftime deficit en route to a 76-57 season-opening win over Detroit on Friday night (Nov. 14) at Crisler Center.

The Wolverines had six players score in double figures, led by senior Shannon Smith's 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor. In her first game in a Michigan uniform, freshman Katelynn Flaherty scored 14 points, which included three three-pointers. Seniors Cyesha Goree (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Nicole Elmblad (10 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles while sophomore Siera Thompson and freshman Jillian Dunston, who also played their first game in the Maize and Blue, added 10 points apiece. Flaherty and Smith had six and five assists, respectively, and Elmblad tallied four blocked shots on the night.

Michigan scored 10 of the first 12 points of the second half -- eight from Flaherty and two from Goree -- to cut the Detroit lead to three (39-36) and force a UDM timeout at the 16:41 mark. Michigan took a 40-39 lead, its first advantage since 13:07 in the first half, off a Smith layup in transition with 15:35 remaining. Thompson followed with a triple at the top of the key, Elmblad scored a layup and Smith canned a jumper to complete the 21-2, increasing the Wolverine lead to 47-39 with 12:59 remaining.

Michigan pushed its lead to as many as 22 in the final moments, taking the 19-point win. The Wolverines shot 60.6 percent (20-of-33) from the floor in the second stanza.

Michigan had four players score in double figures and used a 10-0 second-half run to defeat Bucknell, 68-61, Sunday afternoon (Nov. 16) inside Crisler Center.

Freshman Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor. Senior Cyesha Goree recorded her second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Siera Thompson and senior Nicole Elmblad had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Elmblad added eight rebounds while Thompson dished out five assists.

The Wolverines relinquished their lead at the beginning of the second half but went on the 10-0 run, capped by senior Shannon Smith's jumper with 14:54 remaining, giving the Maize and Blue a 48-39 advantage. The Bison cut the lead to three at 9:41, but a lefty lay-in from Flaherty, followed by two Elmblad free throws upped Michigan's lead back to seven points, 54-47, with 8:50 left in the contest.

Junior Madison Ristovski's three-pointer with 5:40 left nudged Michigan's lead to nine points. Flaherty's jumper at 2:36 made it 65-56. Bucknell was as close as six points late, but Goree's two free throws with 18 seconds left pushed the lead back to nine.

Thompson led all scorers with 13 points at the half as Michigan took a 35-34 lead into the locker room. Flaherty went for eight points and Goree chipped in six points and three rebounds. Both teams shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the first half, with Bucknell connecting on 14-of-28 shots and Michigan hitting 13-of-26.

The Wolverines shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the floor and 7-of-13 from three-point range. Michigan had 14 assists on the day and blocked four shots, three from Goree.

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