Michigan Suffers Defeat to No. 19 MSU in Big Ten Quarterfinals
Madison Ristovski

March 7, 2014

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Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #19 Michigan State 61, Michigan 58
Records: U-M (18-13), MSU (22-8)
Next U-M Event: Monday, March 17 -- NCAA Tournament Selection Show (ESPN), 7 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team was unable to convert down the stretch and suffered a 61-58 loss to second-seed and No. 19-ranked Michigan State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday (March 7) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) came off the bench to score 13 of her team-high 18 points in the second half on three triples, a layup and two free throws.

In addition to Ristovski's play, freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) scored 16 points, and junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) added eight points and a team-high five assists.

Michigan jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the outset and held a slight 12-11 edge at the under 12-minute timeout. The Wolverines went on a 9-0 run over a three-minute stretch that forced a timeout by the Spartans at 9:23. Thompson (7 points) and Smith (5) scored 12 of the team's first 19 points, with Smith contributing assists on two of the three other baskets.

The 9-0 run became a 15-2 run that gave the Wolverines a 25-13 advantage at 7:41, as U-M allowed just one basket in more than eight minutes of playing time.

Michigan went into the locker room with a tenuous 31-28 lead after Michigan State rallied with an 11-2 run over the final 2:24 of the half. The Spartans took advantage after junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) was forced to the bench after picking up her second personal foul at 4:18. Goree scored eight points in the contest but was limited to two rebounds.

The Spartans scored the first five points of the second half to grab the lead, 33-31, and force a Wolverine timeout at 17:46. Out of the break, Thompson converted an old-fashioned three-point play, and Smith made a layup to put the Wolverines ahead, 36-33, at 15:43.

Ristovski scored back-to-back baskets on a left-handed layup and a three-pointer following an offensive rebound that gave the Wolverines a 44-37 advantage at 13:21. Michigan State scored a pair of layups, and senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) added a layup that sent the Wolverines into a timeout with a 46-41 lead at 11:08.

The Wolverines made three free throws in the final four-plus minutes but were unable to gain a basket. Michigan State grabbed the lead, 59-58, with 1:15 remaining on a layup and added another basket on a put-back for the final margin.

Michigan now awaits its postseason destiny as the NCAA Selection Show will be held Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)

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