Dishing With KBA (Week 7)

Michigan women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico recaps her team's back to back blowout losses to Princeton and Notre Dame.

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The University of Michigan women's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Princeton team, dropping an 85-55 decision to the Tigers on Tuesday evening (Dec. 9) at Crisler Center. For the game, Princeton shot 58.3 percent (35-of-60) from the field and 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from three-point range.

Michigan was led by senior Cyesha Goree, who had 14 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Freshman Katelynn Flaherty had 11 points and three assists, while junior Madison Ristovski netted eight points, including a pair of threes. Senior Nicole Elmblad had a team-high six rebounds, and sophomore Siera Thompson dished out five assists.

After exchanging baskets in the early going, Michigan regained a 13-12 lead on a Flaherty three-point play with 10:20 showing on the first-half clock.

Princeton scored 24 of the next 31 points to take a 36-20 lead off a three-pointer with 3:20 left before the half. Michigan scored on its ensuing possession to trim the lead to 14, but Princeton accounted for seven of the next 11 points to hit the break with a 43-26 lead.

The Tigers shot 56.2 percent (18-for-32) from the floor in the first half compared to 40.7 (11-for-27) for the Wolverines. Goree led the way with eight points and three rebounds, with Flaherty chipping in five points off the bench. Elmblad went for four points and four rebounds, but Michigan was outrebounded in the frame by Princeton, 19-11.

The Tigers continued their hot shooting in the second half, hitting 17-of-28 shots (60.7 percent) in the final 20 minutes. The Tigers led by as many as 34 points in the second en route to the win.

The Wolverines played much betteron Saturday, but still came up on the losing end of the stick.

Goree recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, but the University of Michigan women's basketball team fell, 70-50, at No. 5-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 13) at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.

Goree led the way for Michigan, tying Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen for game-high honors. Senior Shannon Smith scored nine points, Thompson went for eight points, and Ristovski totaled seven points and five assists. Michigan struggled from the field, shooting 34.5 percent (19-for-55) compared to Notre Dame's 51.7 percent (31-for-60).

U-M closed within nine of the Irish out of the halftime break on a Goree layup, 37-28, with 17:06 remaining. The Irish responded by scoring seven straight points for a 44-28 lead to force a Michigan timeout with 15:03 remaining in the contest. The Irish kept the lead in double figures the rest of the way, taking the 20-point win.

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