Wolverines Protect Home Court with Win over Badgers
Val Driscoll

Jan. 9, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 70, Wisconsin 62
Records: U-M (11-4, 2-0 Big Ten), UW (8-6, 1-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 12 -- vs. Michigan State (Crisler Center), 4:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team led by as much as 28, outrebounded Wisconsin, 45-31, and held off a late second-half Badger surge, winning the conference matchup, 70-62, on Thursday evening (Jan. 9) at Crisler Center.

Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) recorded her fifth double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) added 15 points, six rebounds and three assists, while junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) chipped in with 12 points, including a four-point play with 4:18 left to play in the second half. For the game, U-M shot 54.5 percent (6-for-11) from three-point range and 90.9 percent (10-for-11) from the free throw line.

Michigan and Wisconsin traded buckets for the better part of 10 minutes at the start of the game, before the Wolverines went on a 19-7 run over the last 10:33 of the first half. During the run, Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) hit back-to-back three-pointers to force Wisconsin to take a timeout with 3:18 remaining, and Michigan hit the half with a 35-23 lead after Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) tipped in an errant shot with four seconds left, bringing her first-half point total to 10 points.

Ristovski added eight points off the bench, and senior Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) posted seven boards. Michigan held Wisconsin to 34.6 percent shooting (9-for-26) while shooting 48.3 percent (14-for-39) and outrebounding the Badgers, 22-20, in the first 20 minutes of action.

The Wolverines opened the second half on a 20-4 run over the first 7:57. Driscoll and Goree had seven and six points, respectively, during the surge, while Elmblad's three at 11:03 gave U-M a 55-27 advantage.

The Badgers rallied, however, eventually cutting the Maize and Blue lead to six (64-58) with 1:40 remaining, but two free throws each by freshman Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle) and Elmblad and a Thompson layup sealed the Wolverine win.

Michigan shot 42.9 percent (3-for-7) from three and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the second half, while the Badgers made 42.2 percent (19-for-45) of their shots from the floor.

The Wolverines are back in action on Sunday (Jan. 12), hosting in-state rival Michigan State at 4:30 p.m. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network.

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