Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
After trailing by as many as 19 in the second half, the University of Michigan women's basketball stormed back to tie the game at 51 with 10:45 remaining but dropped an 81-68 contest to No. 24-ranked Rutgers on Wednesday night (Jan. 7) at the RAC.
Senior Cyesha Goree led the way for the Wolverines, scoring 23 points on 11-for-17 shooting. Classmate Shannon Smith went for 16 points, nine assists, five rebounds and three steals, with sophomore Siera Thompson scoring 16 points. Michigan shot 45.2 percent (28-for-62) from the floor, compared to 53.1 percent (34-for-64) for Rutgers. Michigan outrebounded the Scarlet Knights, 34-33.
The Scarlet Knights upped their lead back to double digits, 73-62, on a pair of free throws with 3:08 left. The lead stayed in double figures the rest of the way as Rutgers took the 13-point win.
The Wolverines rebounded in rousing fashion four days later versus Ohio State.
Shannon Smith scored 28 of her career-high 36 points in the second half and overtime, Katelynn Flaherty connected on six three-pointers, and Cyesha Goree had 18 points and tied a career-high 19 rebounds as the University of Michigan women's basketball team won a thriller, 100-94, in overtime over Ohio State Sunday afternoon (Jan. 11) in front of 3,351 fans inside Crisler Center.
Smith was 12-of-22 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. She added eight assists and a pair of steals. Flaherty scored a career-high 24 points as she was 7-of-16 from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Goree registered her 10th double-double of the season, going 8-for-11 from the free throw line, dishing out three assists with three steals and pulling down 12 offensive rebounds. Nicole Elmblad had eight points and nine rebounds to go along with three assists.
Ohio State took a 76-70 lead with 4:16 left in regulation on an Ameryst Alston layup, but Michigan chipped away after field goals from Elmblad and Flaherty in a 1:20 span. The Buckeyes answered with a Shayla Cooper jumper at 2:16 before Smith hit three free throws and a jumper at 1:41 as Michigan took a 79-78 lead. Ohio State scored the next four points, all from Kelsey Mitchell, but Flaherty came up big, as her three from out top with 52 seconds left tied the game at 82. Ohio State had possession in the final minute as a Cait Craft missed a three. Michigan did not get a shot off in the final seconds and the contest went to overtime.
The Maize and Blue scored the first five points in the extra five minutes with a Smith jumper another Flaherty three from the top of the key. OSU cut the lead to 89-88 with 1:50 left but Elmblad hit a jumper at 1:27 and sophomore Danielle Williams made 1-of-2 free throws to make it a two-possession game with 1:14 left. Ohio State turned the ball over on its next possession and Goree got an offensive board after a Smith miss. Goree missed a pair at the line but again earned the offensive rebound. Flaherty made two free throws and Michigan iced the game at the line to earn the hard-fought victory.