Second-Half Success Lifts Wolverines to Triumph at Indiana
Shannon Smith

Feb. 19, 2014

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Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
Score: Michigan 70, Indiana 58
Records: U-M (17-10, 8-6 B1G), IU (17-9, 4-9 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 22 -- vs. Iowa (Crisler Center), 1:30 p.m.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) had 23 points, and the University of Michigan women's basketball team outscored Indiana, 44-26, in the second half to defeat the Hoosiers, 70-58, Wednesday night (Feb. 19) inside Assembly Hall. Michigan picked up its ninth road win of the season and sixth inside Big Ten play.

The Wolverines had four players score in double figures, led by Smith, who went 8-of-16 from the field and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe. Smith also had three assists and four steals on the night. Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) scored 14 points, had five rebounds and three assists, while junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) had 12 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) chipped in with 10 points and made it a double-double with a game-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) added seven points and three assists in the win.

Smith scored eight of Michigan's first 10 points while a Thompson triple gave U-M an 11-6 lead at 12:39. Field goals from Goree and Thompson put the Wolverines up seven (15-8) at 11:15. Indiana took timeout after an Elmblad jumper made it 18-11 at the nine-minute mark. The Hoosiers responded with a 12-4 after the timeout, taking a 23-22 lead at 3:38. The Indiana lead grew to as much as eight points, before a Driscoll layup with two seconds left in the half made it 32-26 IU at the break.

Smith had 11 first-half points while Goree added seven rebounds. Michigan shot 40.7 percent (11-of-27) from the floor, but Indiana hit five three-pointers and was 13-of-30 from the field (43.3 percent).

Michigan opened the second half on a 9-2 run as a Smith runner in the lane gave the Maize and Blue a 37-34 lead at the 16:38 mark. Smith had five points in that run, opening the half with an old-fashion three-point play. A jumper from Elmblad and a transition layup by Smith put the Wolverines ahead 47-40 at 12:17. The lead swelled to 12 points (56-44) at 9:04 with an Elmblad fast-break layup, capping a 9-2 Wolverine run. The two teams traded baskets before a Thompson three-pointer put Michigan back on top, 65-54, with 3:11 to go. U-M led by as many as 15 after a Thompson field goal with 1:14 left, moving the Maize and Blue to 9-1 on the road this year.

U-M shot 45.6 percent from the field (26-of-57) and was 15-of-22 (68.2 percent) from the free throw line. The Maize and Blue outrebounded Indiana, 45-31, coming down with 14 offensive boards.

Michigan closes out the home portion of its schedule on Saturday (Feb. 22), hosting Iowa at 1:30 p.m. U-M's senior class will be honored prior to the game.

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