Dishing With KBA (Week 17)

Michigan women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico recaps her team's tough 2OT road loss to Minnesota and home win over Purdue on Senior Night. She then looks ahead to the regular season finale versus illinois.


Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com

The University of Michigan women's basketball team got a career-best 27 points from freshman Katelynn Flaherty and a 26-point, 20-rebound performance from senior Cyesha Goree but fell in double-overtime to Minnesota, 91-88, on Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena. Michigan was down by nine points with 7:26 to go in regulation before rallying to force the first overtime.

Senior Nicole Elmblad scored on a putback as time expired in regulation to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, the teams went back-and-forth before Minnesota took a four-point lead with 53 seconds left. Goree scored on Michigan's next possession and the Wolverines forced a Gopher turnover with 28 seconds remaining. Elmblad knocked one down from the elbow to tie the game at 80 with 22 seconds left. Neither team got off a shot the rest of the way to send the game to a second overtime.

In the second overtime, Minnesota jumped out to a five-point lead before a sophomore Siera Thompson corner trey brought the Wolverines back within three, 84-81, with 2:28 left. Minnesota pushed its lead to six, 90-84, but Michigan scored four straight points to get within two, 90-88, with 18 seconds left. Minnesota made one-of-two free throws, giving it a three-point lead. Flaherty missed a three-pointer as time expired to seal a three-point win for Minnesota.

Flaherty scored 27 points on 11-for-25 shooting and dished out four assists. Goree had the first 20-point, 20-rebound performance of her career, setting a new career high with 20 boards. Thompson went for 11 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals, with Elmblad rounding out Michigan's double-figure scorers with 10 points and seven rebounds. Senior Shannon Smith chipped in eight points and 11 assists.

The Wolverines weren't down for long though as the bounced back strong versus Purdue.

Michigan jumped out to a 10-2 lead and led by as many as 32 points in an 81-50 win over the Boilermakers on Tuesday night (Feb. 24) at Crisler Center as part of Senior Night.

Nicole Elmblad tied a career high with 19 points while adding five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals in 32 minutes of action. Cyesha Goree recorded her 15th double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Katelynn Flaherty went 5-for-5 from three-point range en route to 19 points. Junior Madison Ristovski scored a season-high 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting off the bench, adding three rebounds and two assists. Michigan shot 53.1 percent (34-for-64) from the floor and outrebounded the Boilers, 39-26.


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