Dishing With KBA (Week 22)

Michigan women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico recaps her team's road victory over Southern Mississippi in the WNIT, and looks ahead to the upcoming match-up with UCLA.


Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com

The University of Michigan women's team (20-14) is making its second-ever WNIT semifinal appearance, hosting UCLA (17-18) on Wednesday (April 1) at Crisler Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

• Wednesday's game against UCLA is the first-ever April game in Michigan women's basketball history. Michigan played on March 31, 2010, during its 2010 WNIT semifinal run. That was the latest Michigan had ever played until tonight's game.

• Michigan is looking for its first-ever postseason championship game appearance. U-M has advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT twice (2010, 2015) and the Big Ten Tournament once (2002).

• U-M and UCLA have met just once, a 66-58 UCLA win in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

• The winner of Wednesday's contest will face the winner of West Virginia and Temple in the WNIT championship game on Saturday (April 4).

• Michigan picked up the 20th win of its season in Sunday's (March 29) win at Southern Miss, cementing its fourth straight 20-win season. The four straight 20-win campaigns is the longest streak in program history and head coach Kim Barnes Arico is the only coach in U-M history to have three 20-win seasons. Barnes Arico has reached the 20-win plateau in six straight season, dating back to her time at St. John's. The Wolverines have now recorded seven 20-win seasons in program history.

• With U-M's WNIT run, Cyesha Goree and Nicole Elmblad have passed the class of 2013 as the winningest class in school history with 82 wins. The 2013 class of Jenny Ryan, Kate Thompson, Nya Jordan, Sam Arnold and Rachel Sheffer won 80 games during its tenure. Goree and Elmblad are also the first Wolverines to win at least 20 games in each of their four seasons in the Maize and Blue.

• Michigan has gone 14-4 this season at Crisler Center, breaking the record set in 2012-13 (13 home wins). It is just the eighth time in program history that U-M has won at least 10 home games in one season.

• Senior Shannon Smith is nearing 1,000 career points over her career at two different NCAA Division I institutions. She has 900 points during her two years at U-M and coupled with the 95 points she scored at North Carolina, Smith has a career total of 995 points. With five more points, she will eclipse the 1,000-point total for her career.

• Sophomore Danielle Williams will see a familiar face when U-M takes on UCLA in Wednesday's game. Danielle's twin sister, Dominique, is also a sophomore at UCLA. It is the first time they have faced each other on separate teams. In addition, sophomore Siera Thompson and freshman Emoni Jackson will square off against numerous AAU teammates. Jackson and Thompson, Los Angeles native, played AAU with the Cal Sparks.

• Freshman Katelynn Flaherty (485), senior Cyesha Goree (472) and senior Shannon Smith (459) have combined to score 1,416 point this season -- the second-largest combined tally by a U-M trio in program history behind Jennifer Smith (659), Tabitha Pool (399) and Stephanie Gandy (361). That trio scored 1,419 points in 2004. Goree, Flaherty and Smith need to score just four points between each other to pass the 2004 trio.

• Michigan's 2014-15 season numbers are starting to rank among the best in program history. Michigan's 300 steals this season is the second-best total in school history, while its 1,273 rebounds is the fourth-best effort in a season. The Wolverines have made 202 three-pointers, just the fifth time U-M has eclipsed 200 triples in a season. Michigan has set new school records for field goals attempted (2,100), points scored (2,381) and assists (555).

Cyesha Goree recorded her second straight and 17th overall double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds at Southern Miss on Sunday (March 29). She is now tied for second on the single-season list and is just the third Wolverine to have at least 30 double-doubles in a career (30).


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