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Coach Barnes Arico and Wolverine players comment on U-M's win over Canisius.
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.
Michigan's postseason begins this Friday (March 21) in Ann Arbor, as the Wolverines open the Crisler Center doors for a 7 p.m. contest against Stony Brook in the WNIT first round.
Michigan 86, Stony Brook 48
Sophomore (2014-15) ... Earned second varsity letter ... Appeared in all 35 games, starting 33 times ... Averaged 10.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 31.6 minutes per game ... Scored in double figures 21 times, recording three 20-point games ... Had 12 games with at least three three-pointers ... Was 56-for-60 from the free throw line, setting a Michigan single-season record for free throw percentage at .933 ... Tied a career high with 25 points, including six three-pointers, against San Diego State (Nov. 29) ... Scored 20 points at Northwestern (Jan. 17), going 5-for-9 from three-point range ... Also poured in 20 points in Michigan's WNIT win at Toledo (March 23), on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor and a 4-for-4 showing from three-point range ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Canisius (Dec. 19).Freshman (2013-14) ... Earned first varsity letter ... Named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention by coaches and media ... Set a U-M freshman record with 75 three-pointers ... Her 75 three-pointers also is the third-best season total in program history ... Appeared 34 games, 32 as a starter ... Scored 449 points, the third-best total for a freshman in school history ... Averaged 13.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 36.0 minutes per game ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week and to the Big Ten Honor Roll (Jan. 20) ... Scored in double figures 28 times ... Hit at least one three-pointer in every game, one of two players nationally to accomplish that feat ... Had 11 games with at least three three-pointers ... Scored a career-best 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting at Northwestern (Feb. 6), hitting a game-winning pair of free throws with 5.6 seconds left ... Went for 19 points, hitting five three-pointers against Illinois (Jan. 18) ... Scored 12 points with five rebounds and three assists at Purdue (Jan. 15) ... Scored 16 points against Michigan State (Jan. 12) ... Scored 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting with six rebounds, three assists and two steals against Alcorn State (Dec. 28) ... Scored 13 points with five rebounds against No. 15 LSU (Nov. 30) ... Went for 24 points, along with five rebounds and five assists against Texas Tech (Nov. 29) ... Scored 22 points, shooting 4-for-8 from beyond the arc against Pittsburgh (Nov. 20) ... Scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Western Michigan (Nov. 18) ... Scored 12 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed seven rebounds against Xavier (Nov. 13) ... Scored 12 points and dished out eight assists against Arizona (Nov. 9)
Prep ... Serra High School (2013) ... Honor Roll ... Ranked as No. 68 prospect by HoopGurlz ... Two-time all-league first team ... CIF first team as a senior after earning second-team honors as a sophomore and junior ... Daily Breeze Player of the Year, State first team, league MVP and Serra Athlete of the Year as a senior ... Averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.2 steals per game as a senior ... Nominated for McDonald's All-America game ... Played AAU for Cal Sparks, going 55-1 during whole travel ball season.
Personal ... Full name: Siera Nicole Thompson ... Birthday: July 1, 1995 ... Daughter of Michael Thompson and Nicole Gordon ... Sister, Simone, plays basketball at Cal State Dominguez Hills ... Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology.
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