Wolverines Bow Out of B1G Tourney with Loss to Spartans

March 3, 2017

» Freshman Kysre Gondrezick led all scorers with 23 points, which was two points off her career high in scoring. Gondrezick made 10 field goals, including three three-pointers.
» Junior Katelynn Flaherty and sophomore Hallie Thome had 18 and 16 points, respectively. Flaherty had all nine of Michigan's second-quarter points, while Thome almost made it a double-double with nine rebounds.
» Michigan will now await its postseason fate as the NCAA selection show will be Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: Michigan State 74, Michigan 64
Records: U-M (22-9), MSU (21-10)
Next U-M Event: Monday, March 13 -- NCAA Selection Show, 7 p.m. [TV: ESPN]

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team had three players score in double figures, but Michigan State took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back to earn a 74-64 win in the last Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal Friday night (March 3) inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Freshman Kysre Gondrezick led all scorers with 23 points, just two off her career high. The Big Ten All-Freshman team performer had 10 field goals, including three threes, while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists. Junior Katelynn Flaherty added 18 points and three assists, while sophomore Hallie Thome scored 16 points and almost made it a double-double with nine rebounds. Junior Jillian Dunston pulled down 12 boards, while sophomore Nicole Munger had five points and seven rebounds.

Gondrezick scored nine of her points in a first quarter that featured seven ties, including a 19-all tie at the end of the period. Michigan State jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but the Wolverines kept chipping away, eventually taking a 13-11 lead with 4:28 on the clock after Gondrezick's bullet pass found Thome for an open layup. Thome returned the favor to Gondrezick with 12 seconds left, putting U-M up 19-17, but the Spartans ended the quarter with a Tori Jankoska jumper at the buzzer.

Flaherty's trio of three-pointers was all the offense for the Maize and Blue in the second quarter. The Spartans led by as many as 10 points (32-22) with 3:16 left in the period. Flaherty hit a pair of triples to cut that advantage to four with 2:10 remaining. Michigan State had the half's final points on a Jenna Allen jumper with 1:45 left.

Michigan shot 12-for-33 (36.4 percent) in the first 20 minutes as Flaherty led the way with 13 points. Gondrezick added nine points, and Dunston pulled down seven rebounds. Foul trouble was an issue for the Maize and Blue as Flaherty, Thome and Gondrezick all picked up two fouls in the first half.

Michigan State scored the third quarter's first nine points and had as much as a 13-point lead in the frame. Michigan got it back to nine (54-45) at the end of the period on a layup by Gondrezick with 35 seconds left and a jumper by Thome as time expired.

Michigan State started the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run, stretching the lead to 63-47 with 7:08 left. Down 17, Michigan made a run after five straight points from Gondrezick, a free throw by Flaherty and a layup from Thome, making it 68-59. Michigan State iced the game with six free throws in the final minute.

U-M shot 35.7 percent (25-for-70) from the field and was 7-for-21 from three-point range. Michigan had 14 offensive rebounds and 26 points in the paint.

Michigan will find out its NCAA Tournament fate during the NCAA selection show on Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. ESPN will broadcast the hour-long show.

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