Michigan Stifles St. John's to Move On in WNIT

March 23, 2017

» Michigan held St. John's to just 10 second-half points on 5-for-26 shooting to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 20-point win.
» U-M got double-figure scoring games from Hallie Thome (19) and Katelynn Flaherty (17), with Siera Thompson turning in an eight points with six boards, three assists and two steals.
» It marked the first game for head coach Kim Barnes Arico against her former school. KBA coached at St. John's for 10 years (2002-12), leaving as the program's winningest coach.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: WNIT (Third Round)
Score: Michigan 60, St. John's 40
Records: U-M (25-9), SJU (22-12)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 25 -- vs. Virginia Tech (Crisler Center), 2 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team stepped up the defense in the second half, holding St. John's to just 10 points over the final 20 minutes, turning a one-point halftime deficit into a 60-40 win over the Red Storm in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday evening (March 23) inside Crisler Center.

Sophomore Hallie Thome led the way offensively for Michigan, going for 19 points and six rebounds, with junior Katelynn Flaherty turning in in 17 points, three boards and four assists. Senior Siera Thompson went for eight points, six boards, three assists and two steals in 39 minutes of action. U-M held a 41-34 advantage on the glass, getting a game-high seven rebounds from freshman Kayla Robbins off the bench.

Thome found junior Jillian Dunston out of the double team as U-M took its largest lead of the day to that point, 42-36, with 2:36 remaining in the third to force an SJU timeout after opening the period on a 13-6 run. Michigan's run was ignited by a Thompson triple with 8:54 on the clock and also featured four points from Flaherty, two from Thome and the Dunston layup. The only scoring the remainder of the quarter came courtesy of a free throw from Flaherty with 1:27 left in the period, sending U-M to the fourth with a 43-36 lead.

Thompson once again opened the scoring for Michigan in the period with a triple, before a layup from Flaherty pushed Michigan's lead into double figures for the first time in the game, 48-38, with 7:47 left.

U-M's lead never dipped below double digits the rest of the way as U-M went 5-for-10 from the floor in the final 10 minutes and 5-for-8 from the free throw line.

After falling behind by five points in the first quarter and in the early stages of the second quarter, U-M began to chip away at the Red Storm lead. The Wolverines took their first lead of the game on a layup by senior Danielle Williams with 4:31 left in the second. The teams went back-and-forth the final four minutes, before three Flaherty free throws with two seconds remaining sent U-M to the locker room down a point, 30-29.

The Maize and Blue will host Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Saturday (March 25) at 2 p.m. [ Tickets ]

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