Wolverines Clipped by Michigan State on Late Free Throws
Siera Thompson

Jan. 12, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan State 79, Michigan 72
Records: U-M (11-5, 2-1 Big Ten), MSU (11-5, 3-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Jan. 15 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan's women's basketball team had four players score in double figures and the game knotted at 65 with 4:24 left, but Michigan State answered with an 8-2 run and converted on eight free throws in the last 48 seconds as the Wolverines had their four-game winning streak snapped in a 79-72 loss Sunday afternoon (Jan 12) in front of a season-high 4,510 fans at Crisler Center.

Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) recorded her second double-double in a row and sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) led the Wolverines in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-15 shooting. Junior Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) contributed with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists, and junior Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) helped with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) and freshman Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle) combined to add 14 points from the bench.

Michigan State scored two quick baskets to open up the contest, but Thompson hit a three-pointer, and senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) nailed a pair of jumpers, and Smith helped even the score at 7-7 with 13:55 left in the first half. The Spartans built up a lead for the next 12:38, however, and led by nine (26-17) with 4:10 left to go in the half. Goree sparked the Wolverines with a three-point play with 3:40 left on the clock and notched Michigan's next three buckets to cut it just two points (28-26) with 1:17 remaining in the half. Thompson chipped in with a layup with 41 seconds remaining, sending the Wolverines into halftime with a score tied at 28-28.

Michigan came out of the locker room scoring its first four baskets of the half, including a Thompson three-point play to go up 37-32. The Spartans bounced back with an 8-0 run, before a Thompson layup and pair of Elmblad free throws brought MSU's lead down to one point. Later, Ristovski and Rakers hit back-to-back treys with 13 minutes left to put Michigan up, 47-44.

The Maize and Blue had a 54-53 lead with 10:18 left after a Smith layup. MSU built a 65-60 lead with 5:54 left, but U-M scored five straight points, tying the game at 65 after a Goree layup. Michigan never led late after Michigan State scored the next six points and converted on eight free throws in the last 48 seconds.

Michigan hits the road for its next contest, playing at Purdue on Wednesday (Jan. 15). Tip is slated for 7 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)

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