Michigan Succumbs to Second-Half Ohio State Run
Nicole Elmblad

Jan. 23, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Ohio State 61, Michigan 50
Records: U-M (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten), OSU (13-9, 3-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 26 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), Noon CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team took a 40-33 lead with 11:26 left but was outscored 28-10 the rest of the way in a 61-50 loss to Ohio State on Thursday night (Jan. 23) at Crisler Center.

Michigan had three players score in double figures, led by junior guard Shannon Smith's (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) 17 points. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to go along with her three steals, while junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) had 10 points and nine boards. Senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) pulled down six rebounds and blocked two shots, and freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) had seven rebounds on the night.

The Wolverines started slowly, hitting just two of their first 16 shots as Ohio State took a 16-8 lead at the 6:11 mark for its largest lead of the frame. Michigan answered with a Goree layup with 5:24 on the clock for its first points in 2:45.

Michigan continued to chip away at the OSU lead, ending the half on an 11-0 run to take a 26-21 lead. A three-point play on a fastbreak layup from Smith ignited the run with 2:44 to go until the break, bringing the Wolverines within three points at 21-18. Elmblad scored on a three-point play of her own and then a putback, before sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) punctuated the spurt with a triple with just 13 seconds remaining for the final score of the half.

Elmblad led Michigan with seven points, with Ristovski and Smith each going for six. The Wolverines struggled from the floor, shooting just 33.3 percent (9-for-27) from the field. OSU shot even worse, hitting just 28.6 percent (8-for-28) of its shots in the opening 20 minutes. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Maize and Blue in the opening half, 21-19.

With the game tied at 33 with 12:03 left, Smith went on a 7-0 run of her own over the next 37 seconds to put the Maize and Blue on top, 40-33. Smith converted on a three-point play at the 12:03 mark and then scored back-to-back buckets in transition to force an Ohio State timeout with 11:26 remaining.

Ohio State answered with a 17-2 run for a 50-42 lead with 4:56 left. The Buckeye lead grew to 10 (54-44) with 2:25 remaining. OSU hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:46 to earn the 11-point victory.

Michigan shot 31.1 percent from the floor the contest, compared to 43.3 percent for Ohio State. Michigan held a 39-38 rebounding advantage and had eight steals.

U-M returns to action on Sunday (Jan. 26) for the first of two straight away from Crisler, traveling to Madison, Wis., to take on the Badgers. Tip is slated for noon CST.

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