Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team got a double-double from senior Cyesha Goree but dropped an 85-64 decision at Pittsburgh last Thursday night (Nov. 20) at the Petersen Events Center.
Senior Shannon Smith led the way offensively with 17 points, with freshman Katelynn Flaherty chipping in 13 and junior Madison Ristovski going for 11. Goree recorded her third straight double-double, going for 10 points and 16 rebounds. Michigan shot 38.1 percent (24-for-63) compared to 51.7 percent (30-for-58) for Pitt, including a 50 percent (13-for-26) clip from three-point range.
A Flaherty triple and a senior Nicole Elmblad short corner jumper to start the second half trimmed the Pitt lead to 10 (43-33) and forced a Panther timeout with 17:50 left in the game. Goree scored on the next U-M possession, followed by Smith taking a charge and scoring on the other end to cap a 9-0 Maize and Blue run to start the half. Pitt, however, answered with 10 straight points to take a 53-37 lead with 13:42 left.
The Panthers continued their run, taking a 19-point lead, 58-39, off a Brianna Keisel jumper at the 12:32 mark. Three free throws from Smith and a putback from Goree cut the lead to 14 with 9:38 left. A Ristovski triple with 8:10 left followed by back-to-back Smith layups in transition to get within 11 at the 5:54 mark.
Pitt hit three-pointers on consecutive possessions, pushing its lead back to 16, 70-54, with a little more than five minutes remaining. The Panthers kept the double-digit lead the rest of the way en route to the win.
Michigan bounced back in its next game using a 34-11 run over 11:37 of the first half and had three players score in double figures to defeat Western Michigan, 74-47, on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 23) at Crisler Center.
Senior Cyesha Goree notched her fourth straight double-double, finishing with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Katelynn Flaherty led all scorers with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Senior Shannon Smith stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while sophomore Siera Thompson had 11 points with a pair of three-pointers. Senior Nicole Elmblad chipped in with eight points and a pair of steals, and freshman Maria Backman had seven points and five rebounds.
Western Michigan scored the first four points of the second half to trim Michigan's lead to 10, 42-32, but Michigan answered with a 10-0 run to take control of the game at the 11:39 mark (54-34).
Michigan surrendered just eight points over the first 15:17 of the second half, taking a 70-36 lead off freshman Jillian Dunston's layup with 5:34 left. WMU ended its 13:28 scoreless streak with a pair of free throws with 4:43 remaining in the game. Michigan led by as many as 34 points en route to the win.
The Wolverines shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60) from the floor and 6-of-15 (40 percent) from three-point range. The Maize and Blue outrebounded the Broncos, 48-21, in the contest, including 17 offensive caroms.