Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
After dropping its conference opener on the road 63-53 to Wisconsin The University of Michigan women's basketball team posted impressive back to back victories over Penn State and Michigan State.
Versus the Nittany Lions the Wolverines used runs of 14-0 and 15-0 in the first half and led by as many as 40 points in an 89-53 win over Penn State on Thursday afternoon (Jan. 1) in front of 3,034 fans inside Crisler Center. It was the Big Ten home opener for the Maize & Blue.
Freshman Katelynn Flaherty led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Senior Cyesha Goree recorded her fifth straight double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds while adding five assists. Senior Shannon Smith had 17 points and six assists, and sophomore Siera Thompson also had six helpers to go along with 10 points and six rebounds. Senior Nicole Elmblad contributed eight points and five rebounds, helping the Wolverines to a 47-33 rebounding advantage.
Versus the Spartas the Wolverines led by as many as 20 points and, when the lead was cut to seven late in the second half, made big shots in the final minutes for a 74-65 win over No. 24 Michigan State Sunday afternoon (Jan. 4) in front of 4,520 fans inside Crisler Center.
The Maize and Blue had four players score in double figures, led by Katelynn Flaherty's 21 points. The Point Pleasant, N.J., native was 5-of-9 from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Siera Thompson made three triples, part of her 17 points for the day. Cyesha Goree had 14 points and nine rebounds to go along with three steals, and classmate Shannon Smith had 11 points and dished out a game-high seven assists. Nicole Elmblad recorded seven rebounds and five steals as Michigan forced 24 turnovers on the day and recorded 15 team steals.