March 6, 2014
Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (First Round)
Score: #7 Michigan 82, #10 Indiana 57
Records: U-M (18-12), IU (18-12)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 7 -- vs. Michigan State - Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals (Indianapolis, Ind.), 6:30 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team opened the Big Ten Tournament with an 82-57 victory over 10th-seeded Indiana on Thursday (March 6) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Wolverines, who used a 24-4 run to take control in the first half, had five players score in double figures; junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) led the team with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) joined Goree with a double-double in the contest, tallying 15 points and 11 rebounds. She also contributed four assists and notched seven of her 15 points from the charity stripe. Junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. In her first tournament action, freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) recorded 10 points.
Indiana jumped out to a 7-2 advantage at the outset, but Michigan got it going behind a pair of layups from Goree. Thompson added five points on a triple and runner that helped engineer a 12-6 spurt that gave Michigan a 19-13 lead just past the 12-minute timeout.
Michigan built a 26-13 lead on Indiana following a three-pointer from sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) and continued to pour it on with six straight points from Driscoll and layup from Goree that forced a Hoosiers timeout at 5:33 of the half. The Wolverines' lead reached 17 points, 32-15, behind that 20-point run after trailing 11-8 early.
The game opened up during the final five minutes of the half with Indiana holding a slight 13-11 edge. Michigan utilized an 8-2 run over the final two minutes of the half to gain a 43-28 lead after the first 20 minutes.
Indiana started the second half on a 7-2 run that brought the Michigan lead to 10 points, 45-25, at 17:49 but Smith ended the run with a layup. The seesaw battle continued over the next eight minutes, but the Hoosiers were unable to crack the double-digit lead by the Wolverines.
The Wolverines used a 15-0 run over the next seven minutes to seize control and grab an 82-57 victory. Smith (9 points), Elmblad (9) and Goree (8) led the second-half surge that pushed the Wolverines into the quarterfinals against No. 2 seed Michigan State on Friday (March 7) at 6:30 p.m. The Wolverines will look to avenge a 79-72 loss to the Spartans on Jan. 12 at Crisler Center.
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