Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The University of Michigan women's basketball team fell behind in the late stages of the first half and could never catch up in a 72-60 loss to Illinois on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 28) at the State Farm Center.
Senior Shannon Smith led the way for Michigan with 24 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 38 minutes of action. Junior Madison Ristovski had 15 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal off the bench to round out U-M's double-figure scorers.
Michigan had 24 turnovers in the contest but forced 20 Illini miscues. Michigan shot 39.6 percent (21-for-53) from the floor, compared to 50 percent (29-for-58) for the Illini. Illinois held a slight advantage on the boards, 34-31, despite a game-high 14 from U-M senior Cyesha Goree.
Cyesha Goree earned her second straight All-Big Ten second-team nod, Katelynn Flaherty became the first Wolverine in school history to earn Sixth Player of the Year and Shannon Smith earned honorable mention for the second straight year. Flaherty also earned a spot on the all-freshman team and honorable mention.
Michigan (16-13) earned the No. 8 seed for the Big Ten Tournament and will square off against No. 9 seed Michigan State (15-14) for the third time this season on Thursday (March 5) at 11:30 a.m. CST. The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network. The Big Ten Tournament will take place in Hoffman Estates, Ill.