Jan. 26, 2014
Site: Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center)
Score: Michigan 60, Wisconsin 44
Records: U-M (14-6, 5-2 Big Ten), UW (9-10, 2-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Jan. 29 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 7 p.m. CST
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used a plus-13 rebounding margin and a 15-3 run in the final 7:50 for a 60-44 win over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26) at the Kohl Center. Michigan kept alive two impressive streaks as the Wolverines are 6-0 in both true road games and contests following a loss this season.
Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) was 5-of-9 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range to lead Michigan with 13 points. Junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) had 12 points, while sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with her six points and five assists. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) had nine points and five rebounds, and senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) and junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) combined for 15 points and 10 rebounds in the post.
The two teams traded baskets in the first four minutes of the contest, before the Maize and Blue went on an 11-0 run to take a 15-6 lead. Driscoll fueled that run six points, and a Thompson three-pointer capped the spurt at 13:26. Wisconsin answered with a 7-0 run, but jumpers from Elmblad and Thompson gave Michigan a six-point advantage (19-13) with 6:55 left. Another Thompson three and an old-fashion three-point play from Elmblad pushed the lead to 10 (27-17) at the 3:47 mark. Wisconsin scored the final five points of the half, and U-M took a five-point lead into the break.
The Badgers started the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 31-29 lead with 17:12 remaining, but the Maize and Blue never trailed again after Thompson's third three-pointer of the game gave Michigan a 36-35 lead. Thompson then fed Driscoll for an easy layup for a three-point Wolverine lead with 13:10 left. Freshman guard Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle) followed that with a three, and Goree ended the run with a bucket as the Wolverines were up eight (43-35) at the 10:44 mark. Wisconsin cut that lead to 45-41, but field goals from Goree, Smith and Elmblad over the next 2:25 put the Maize and Blue up 10. Michigan ended the game on a 15-3 run -- thanks in part to four free throws from Ristovski and four points by Smith in the last 2:44.
Michigan was 24-of-53 (45.3 percent) from the floor and had four three-pointers. Ten of Michigan's 39 rebounds were offensive, and the Maize and Blue defense held Wisconsin to 33.3-percent shooting from the field and 5-of-24 from three-point range.
The Wolverines continue their two-game road swing on Wednesday (Jan. 29) at Nebraska. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST.
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