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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.
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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