Dishing With KBA (Week 20)

Michigan women's basketball coach Kim Barnes-Arico recaps her team's Big Ten Tourney loss to MSU, and looks ahead to the upcoming match-up with Cleveland State in the WNIT.


Recap courtesy of MGoBlue.com

The University of Michigan women's basketball team (16-14) earned its sixth straight postseason berth and will host Cleveland State (19-12) in the first round of the WNIT on Wednesday (March 18) at Crisler Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

• Michigan is 9-6 all-time in the WNIT and made its longest tourney run in 2010 when the Wolverines made a semifinal appearance. U-M is coming off a third-round appearance in last year's WNIT, picking up wins over Stony Brook and Duquesne.

• U-M is 12-4 this season at Crisler Center, the second-best win total in program history at home. Michigan set the record in 2012-13 with 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.

• The Wolverines are making their sixth straight postseason appearance in this season's WNIT, the longest streak in program history. Seniors Nicole Elmblad and Cyesha Goree have become just the fifth class in school history to make a postseason appearance in each of their four seasons in the Maize and Blue.

• Michigan and Cleveland State are meeting for the fifth time in program history and the first since Dec. 20, 1986. The series is tied at 2-2.

• The winner of the contest will face the winner of Toledo and Wright State, which is being played on Friday (March 20).

• Junior Madison Ristovski has hit her stride in Michigan's last three games, averaging 11.7 points on 53.8-percent shooting. She has scored in double figures in two of the last three games, scoring a season-high 15 points in back-to-back games against Purdue (Feb. 24) and Illinois (Feb. 28). Ristovski has four double-figure scoring games on the season.

• Michigan has 501 assists on the season, the second-best season total in school history. U-M set the record last season with 524 helpers. Senior Shannon Smith leads the way for Michigan with 143 assists, which rank sixth on the single-season list. Sophomore Siera Thompson is second with 85 assists, and senior Cyesha Goree is third with 65 assists from the post position.

• With seven rebounds against Michigan State (March 5), senior Cyesha Goree broke the school record for rebounds as she pushed her season total to 319. She broke her old record of 317 that she set last season, becoming the only Wolverine in school history to record back-to-back 300+-rebound seasons. She is also the first Wolverine to ever have two seasons with 300-plus boards, as Trish Andrew (1990-93) was the only other player in school history to have at least 300 rebounds in a season.

• Senior Shannon Smith is nearing 1,000 career points over her career at two different NCAA Division I institutions. She has 862 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 957 points. With 43 more points, she will eclipse the 1,000-point total for her career.

• Wednesday's game against Cleveland State will mark the 129th career appearance for Nicole Elmblad, who is second all-time on the games played list. Jenny Ryan (2010-13) holds the games played record at 130 games. Elmblad is also just one rebound away from tying Ryan for 10th in career rebounds. Elmblad has 697 boards, while Ryan ranks 10th at 698. With three rebounds, Elmblad will be the 10th Wolverine in school history to record at least 700 rebounds and the first to eclipse that mark since Krista Phillips (2007-10) had 707 in her career.


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