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MGoBlue.com reveals the women's Freshman of the Year.
Four double-digit scorers, led by Shannon Smith's double-double, propelled U-M to a win over Wake Forest in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
U-M took care of Western Michigan Sunday, 74-47.
U-M returns four starters from its 20-win team last season -- headlined by captain and four-year starter Nicole Elmblad as well as leading scorer Shannon Smith, point guard Siera Thompson and forward Cyesha Goree -- and welcomes heralded incomer Katelynn Flaherty.
Freshman(2014-15) ... Earned first varsity letter ... Became first Wolverine in program history to be named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year ... Also named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Appeared in all 35 games, starting eight times ... Led Michigan in scoring (14.3 ppg), becoming the sixth freshman in school history lead a team in scoring ... Set a new freshman record with 78 three-pointers ... Had eight 20-point games and scored in double figures 27 times ... Finished fourth on the team in assists with 68 ... Scored a career-best 27 points at Minnesota (Feb. 21) ... Scored 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting in the second round of the WNIT at Toledo (March 23) ... Nailed six three-pointers and shot 7-for-16 from the floor to finish with 24 points against Ohio State (Jan. 11) ... Hit six three-pointers en route to 23 points against San Diego State (Nov. 29) ... Made her collegiate debut against Detroit (Nov. 14), going for 14 points, six assists, four rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes ... Grabbed a career-high four rebounds twice ... Recorded 12 games with at least three assists.
Prep ... Metuchen (2014) ... Honor Roll member all four years ... Ranked as the No. 19 prospect by ASGR ... McDonald's High School All-America nominee ... Scored over 2,000 points in her career before missing a portion of her senior season with an injury ... As a junior (2012-13), led Point Pleasant Beach to the New Jersey Group 1 state championship and a 26-2 record ... Scored 860 points, averaging 30.7 points, 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game ... Led Shore Conference in scoring ... Was named first team All-State, first team All-Shore, All-New Jersey first team by MSG and All-Metro first team ... As a sophomore at Manasquan (2011-12), scored 673 points and averaged 21 points per game ... Helped her team to a No. 1 ranking in the state, TOC championship and 32-2 record ... Was named MVP of TOC final ... Named first team All-Shore, All-Group III, All-Monmouth, All-New Jersey first team, All-State first team and All-Metro second team by MSF Varsity ... Also was named the Monmouth County Player of the Year ... As a freshman at Manasquan (2010-11), scored 579 points for an average of 22.3 points per game ... Named the Hoop Group and Star Ledger Freshman Player of the Year .. Also picked up All-Division first team, All-Shore third team, All-Freshman first team and All-Monmouth third team honors ... Played four years of AAU for the New Jersey Demons .
Personal ... Full name: Katelynn Christine Flaherty ... Birthday: February 15, 1996 ... Daughter of Thomas and Lynn Flaherty ... Dad, Tom, played basketball at Seton Hall University and mother, Lynn, played basketball at The College of New Jersey ... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
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