March 18, 2017
» Hallie Thome scored a game-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds. She topped 1,000 career points in the game, becoming the third sophomore in school history to reach the mark.
» In addition to Thome, Katelynn Flaherty (15) and Kysre Gondrezick (14) reached double figures in scoring.
» Wright State took its first lead of the game, 64-63, with 4:52 remaining, but Michigan held WSU to just two points the rest of the way. U-M got four points from Thome, two from Jillian Dunston and two from Nicole Munger to close the game.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: WNIT (Second Round)
Score: Michigan 71, Wright State 66
Records: U-M (24-9), WSU (25-9)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 23 -- vs. St. John's - WNIT (Crisler Center), 6 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team trailed by one point with 4:52 remaining but held Wright State to just two points the rest of the way as U-M escaped with a 71-66 win over WSU on Saturday afternoon (March 18) in the second round of the WNIT inside Crisler Center.
Wright State took its first lead of the game with 4:52 remaining, but Michigan answered with a layup from sophomore Hallie Thome on the ensuing possession to regain the lead. Neither team scored over the next three minutes until junior Jillian Dunston pushed the U-M lead to three, 67-64, with 1:17 left. WSU scored 10 seconds later to get within one, but Thome once again scored -- on a putback -- on the Michigan possession to keep the lead at three with 40 ticks left. Wright State did not score again, and a pair of sophomore Nicole Munger free throws with a second remaining provided the final margin.
Thome led the way for Michigan with 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting to go with seven rebounds as she topped the 1,000-point mark for her career. Junior Katelynn Flaherty turned in 15 points and four assists, with freshman Kysre Gondrezick going for 14 points and four rebounds. Dunston just missed a double-double, scoring eight points with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Michigan once against came out strong, building an 11-point lead after the first quarter. It was all Thome in the early going as she put in eight points in the first 10 minutes, with Flaherty going for seven.
U-M built a 20-point lead in the second quarter, going up 42-22 on a triple from senior Danielle Williams with 2:44 left in the period to force a Wright State timeout.
Wright State answered with a 10-0 run, getting within 42-32 with 30 seconds remaining. Michigan held for the final possession of the half but turned it over on an illegal screen with eight seconds left. Wright State's Chelsea Welch put up a shot that was blocked by freshman KeAsja Peace, with Gondrezick finding the rebound. The freshman took three dribbles and fired it from halfcourt as the buzzer sounded, and it found nothing but the bottom of the net to send U-M to the locker room with a 45-32 lead.
WSU outscored the Wolverines 22-16 in the third quarter to get within seven heading into the final period. The Raiders went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter, eventually setting up the final sequence.
Michigan will face St. John's in the next round of the WNIT at Crisler Center. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip on Thursday (March 23).
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