Michigan Slips Up in Pink Game against No. 25 Purdue
Cyesha Goree

Feb. 9, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: Pink Game
Score: #25 Purdue 65, Michigan 56
Records: U-M (15-9, 6-5 Big Ten), PU (17-7, 7-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 13 -- vs. Nebraska (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team led by 14 points in the first half, but two big three-pointers by No. 25 Purdue in the last 1:42 of the game gave the Boilermakers a 65-56 victory on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 9) inside Crisler Center.

Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) turned in her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go with four assists in 27 minutes. Senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) went for 10 points and seven rebounds, and freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) joined Driscoll with 10 points while adding four boards. Sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) had nine points on three three-pointers and dished out three assists, while junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) had four assists on the day.

The Wolverines held the Boilermakers without a field goal for the first 8:34 of the game, racing out to a 10-2 lead -- capped off by a Driscoll layup. Michigan pushed its lead to 14 points, 23-9, off Ristovski's second trey of the half, with 7:30 left.

The Wolverines kept the lead at 14, 27-13, with 5:41 on the clock after a Smith transition layup, but Purdue closed the half on a 14-2 run. Michigan scored just once in the final five minutes of the frame, a Thompson baseline runner to beat the shot clock with 1:39 remaining, and hit the break with a two-point lead, 29-27, on the Boilermakers. Ristovski and Thompson each had six points to lead the way, while all seven players who saw the floor made it into the scoring column. U-M shot 36.7 percent (11-for-30) from the floor in the first half, compared to 31.0 percent (9-for-29) for the Boilers. Michigan won the battle on the glass in the first 20 minutes, 23-18, despite giving up eight offensive rebounds to PU.

Purdue went on a 12-0 run over 2:38 to take a 43-39 lead on Michigan on back-to-back three-pointers with 12:10 left in the game. The Boilermakers extended the lead to six (47-41) at 10:41, but the Wolverines clawed back to trail, 51-50, after a Driscoll layup with 5:19. Both teams failed to score until back-to-back triples by Purdue at 1:42 and 56 seconds remaining, extending the margin to seven. The Boilermakers made eight free throws in the final 40 seconds to seal the win.

Michigan shot 40.4 percent for the contest and outrebounded Purdue, 37-34. The Maize and Blue also had 15 assists for the game. Purdue went 18-of-19 from the free-throw line (94.7 percent) and shot 37.5 percent from the floor.

U-M stays at Crisler Center for its next contest, welcoming Nebraska on Thursday (Feb. 13). Tip is slated for 7 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)

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