Wolverines Cruise Past Seawolves in WNIT Opener
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March 21, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 86, Stony Brook 48
Records: U-M (19-13), SBU (24-9)
Next U-M Event: Monday, March 23 -- vs. Duquesne (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Behind a season-high 11 three-pointers from the Wolverines and a 13-point, 13-assist performance from junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]), the University of Michigan women's basketball team rolled to an 86-48 win over Stony Brook in the opening round of the WNIT on Friday night (March 21) at Crisler Center.

In addition to her 13 points and 13 assists, Smith chipped in four steals and four rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) went for 17 points, three rebounds and three steals, while sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) hit a career-best five three-pointers en route to 15 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) rounded out Michigan's double-figure scorers on the night with 15 points and four rebounds. Michigan shot 56.2 percent (33-for-63) from the floor, racking up a season-high 28 assists. The Maize and Blue shot 55.0 percent (11-for-20) from behind the arc, its fourth game with at least 10 three-pointers this season.

Michigan went on a 21-5 run over a span of 6:39 in the first half to take a 23-10 lead with 11:04 remaining off a pair of Thompson free throws following the media timeout. Stony Brook answered by scoring 11 of the next 15 points to cut Michigan's lead to 27-21.

Elmblad hit a runner in the lane with 4:13 left to go to ignite a 6-0 run of her own. She followed with a fastbreak layup from Smith and hit a 15-foot jumper to put Michigan up 33-21 with 2:14 left. Ristovski upped the run to 9-0 with her second triple of the half, pushing Michigan's lead to 15, 36-21, with 1:38 on the clock.

Michigan went to the locker room with a 38-26 lead. Thompson and Smith each had nine points, with Elmblad chipping in eight points. U-M shot 48.4 percent (15-for-31) in the first half to Stony Brook's 34.4 percent (11-for-32). Michigan outrebounded the Seawolves, 23-15.

The Wolverines opened the second half on a 9-2 run, getting five points from Thompson and baskets from Goree and Elmblad, to force a Stony Brook timeout with 16:46 left and the Maize and Blue leading 47-28.

Stony Brook cut the Michigan lead to 16, 49-33, but Ristovski hit back-to-back three-pointers, Smith scored in transition and Thompson canned another triple to put U-M up 25 points (60-35) with 11:44 left.

U-M's lead never dipped below 25 the rest of the contest en route to the 38-point win (86-48).

Michigan continues WNIT action on Monday (March 24), hosting Duquesne at 7 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)


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