Wolverines Tripped Up at Home by No. 21 Nebraska
Shannon Smith

Feb. 13, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #21 Nebraska 76, Michigan 68
Records: U-M (15-10, 6-6 Big Ten), Nebraska (18-5, 8-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 16 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 1 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team closed the gap to six points with 37.9 seconds remaining, but it was not enough as the Wolverines fell, 76-68, to No. 21-ranked Nebraska on Thursday night (Feb. 13) at Crisler Center.

Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) recorded her second straight double-double, finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best six assists. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) chipped in 14 points, and junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) went for 12 points and six rebounds. Michigan shot 41.4 percent (24-for-58) from the floor, compared to 59.1 percent (26-for-44) for the Huskers.

The Wolverines pushed their early-game lead to five points on a nifty behind the back pass from Goree to Elmblad for the short corner jumper for a 16-11 advantage at 11:16. Goree led the charge early with six points.

After the Huskers tied the game at 18, sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) netted her second trey of the game to put U-M on top, 21-18, with 8:09 showing on the clock. Neither team led by more than three points following that, as the Huskers scored the final four points of the half to hit halftime with a 37-34 lead.

Goree paced the Wolverines in the first half, scoring 12 points with six rebounds and four assists. Michigan shot 44.8 percent (13-for-29) from the floor in the first half, while Nebraska shot 66.7 percent (14-for-21). U-M held a slight 11-10 edge on the glass.

The Huskers extended their halftime lead to nine points (49-40) off an Emily Cady three-point play with 16:21 left to force a Michigan timeout. Nebraska pushed its lead to 14, 59-45, on a fast-break layup at the 13:19 mark.

A Smith corner trey cut it to 11 points with 9:49 remaining, followed by a Goree free throw at the 8:22 mark to cut the lead to 10 points, 63-53.

Michigan continued to chip away as Elmblad scored off a Smith dish, and Driscoll drilled a hook shot in the lane to slash the Husker lead to eight points, 70-62, with 4:51 remaining.

U-M took back-to-back charges to keep the Husker lead at 10 and get the ball back in the late stages of the contest. Goree went to the line with an even minute left to get Michigan with eight points, 74-66. Following a Nebraska turnover, Thompson knocked down a pair of freebies with 37.9 to bring the Wolverines back within six, 74-68.

Nebraska broke the Michigan press on the ensuing possession to put the game away and provide the final margin.

Michigan next hits the road for the first of two consecutive contests, first traveling to Champaign, Ill., to take on Illinois on Sunday (Feb. 16) at 1 p.m. CST.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)

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