Flaherty Powers Wolverines Past Pesky Badgers

Feb. 12, 2017

What You Need to Know
» Katelynn Flaherty scored a game-high 35 points on 12-for-17 shooting from the field and 6-for-10 from three-point range.
» Nicole Munger tallied the first double-double of her career, finishing with 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
» Michigan took one-point lead on a Hallie Thome layup with 4:14 left in the first quarter and did not trail the rest of the way.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #21 Michigan 75, Wisconsin 66
Records: U-M (21-5, 10-2 B1G), UW (6-19, 1-11 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 16 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Katelynn Flaherty scored 35 points on 12-for-17 shooting and sophomore Nicole Munger tallied the first double-double of her career as the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's basketball team collected a 75-66 win over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 12) inside Crisler Center. U-M took a lead halfway through the first quarter and never relinquished it for its sixth consecutive win.

Flaherty recorded her third 30-point game of the season, going for a game-high 35 points. She hit 6-for-10 from behind the arc and had 21 first-half points to lead the way for Michigan. Munger turned in 12 poitns, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send U-M to the half, and a career-high 10 boards. Sophomore Hallie Thome rounded out Michigan's double-figure scorers with 13 points and six boards.

Michigan took an 11-10 lead on a Thome basket with 4:14 left in the first quarter, ending a seesaw start for the teams. U-M held a 13-12 lead after the first 10 minutes.

The Wolverines scored the first five points of the second quarter, courtesy of a Flaherty layup and triple that nudged the lead to 18-12 and forced a Wisconsin timeout just 34 seconds into the period. Wisconsin cut Michigan's lead to one point in the middle of the frame, but Munger hit a straight-on triple at the buzzer to send Michigan to the half with a 35-29 edge.

The Badgers scored the first four points of the third quarter to get within two, but Michigan took its first double-figure lead of the day (54-43) on a Thome putback, forcing a Wisconsin timeout with 2:09 left in third quarter. The Badgers scored the final five points of the period to send the game to the fourth with U-M holding a 54-48 advantage.

The Wolverine lead hovered around six points until Munger dove on the ball for an offensive rebound with 5:49 remaining. U-M called timeout to keep possession, and out of the stoppage, Munger came through with a three-point play to push the lead to nine, 64-55.

A three-pointer from Flaherty with 3:38 remaining gave Michigan a 10-point lead before a pair of senior Siera Thompson free throws and another score from Flaherty put U-M ahead by 14 (73-59) with just 2:28 remaining. Wisconsin did not get any closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Michigan will hit the road for its next contest, traveling to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers Thursday (Feb. 16) on the Big Ten Network. Tip is set for 6 p.m.

Communications Contact: Sarah VanMetre


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