Fourth-Quarter Rally Sends Wolverines Past Hawkeyes

Feb. 5, 2017

What You Need to Know
» Michigan trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half and overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Iowa, 72-70, and remain undefeated at home this season (12-0).
» The Wolverines were down one with 35 seconds left until a baseline layup by Nicole Munger put them back in front with 20 seconds left.
» Freshman Kysre Gondrezick scored 23 points, and sophomore Hallie Thome chipped in 16 points, five boards and two blocks.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 72, Iowa 70
Records: U-M (19-5, 8-2 B1G), Iowa (14-9, 5-5 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Feb. 8 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Facing a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter after trailing by as many as 15 in the first half, the University of Michigan women's basketball team put together a furious rally to topple Iowa, 72-70, on Sunday (Feb. 5) at Crisler Center. Sophomore Nicole Munger scored the winning basket on a baseline layup with 20 seconds to play.

Freshman Kysre Gondrezick filled up the stat sheet, scoring 23 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and six steals. Sophomore Hallie Thome added 16 points and five rebounds, while junior Katelynn Flaherty chipped in 11 points.

The Wolverines held Iowa to just nine points in the fourth quarter and got the job done on the glass when it mattered, holding a 12-4 advantage there. Michigan went on an 8-0 run to start the fourth, nearly evaporating Iowa's lead, and held the Hawkeyes scoreless for the first four minutes of the period.

A layup by Iowa's Tania Davis gave the Hawkeyes a four-point lead (68-64) with 2:43 to play, but a trio of Gondrezick free throws across two possessions brought Michigan to within one. The Wolverines' full-court pressure forced an Iowa turnover at midcourt, leading to a breakaway opportunity for Flaherty, who gave Michigan its first lead since the first quarter, 69-68 with 47 seconds left.

Iowa regained the lead with 35 seconds to play, but it was short-lived, as Munger's baseline layup gave Michigan the lead with 20 seconds to play. Munger rebounded a missed Iowa three-pointer on the other end and was sent to the line for two free throws with 6.8 seconds left. Though she missed both, senior Siera Thompson got a crucial offensive rebound and hit one of two foul shots to give Michigan the winning margin.

The two teams went back and forth in the first quarter, with Michigan taking a 13-11 advantage on a three-pointer from Thompson. But Iowa took control from there, going on a 16-2 run that stretched into the second quarter. Thome was active early with eight points in the first quarter but was forced to the bench with two fouls just 10 seconds into the second.

The Wolverines got back into the game thanks to their defensive pressure, but they finished the first half shooting 34 percent from the field and were 2-for-11 from three-point range. Iowa led 45-33 going into the break.

Michigan came out of the locker room hot, going on a quick 6-0 run to cut the lead to six (45-39) and forcing an Iowa timeout. The Wolverines kept chipping into the lead, but Iowa answered every time and led by nine (61-52) to start the fourth.

The Wolverines will hit the road on Wednesday (Feb. 8) for Purdue. Tip is set for 6 p.m.

Communications Contact: Sarah VanMetre

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