Michigan Baffles Duquesne in WNIT to Reach 20-Win Plateau
Cyesha Goree

March 24, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: WNIT (Second Round)
Score: Michigan 68, Duquesne 52
Records: U-M (20-13), DU (20-13)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 27 -- at Bowling Green (Bowling Green, Ohio), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds as the University of Michigan women's basketball team defeated Duquesne, 68-52, in the second round of the WNIT on Monday night (March 24) at Crisler Center. The win was Michigan's 20th of the season, marking the sixth 20-win season in program history.

Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) each went for 12 points, with sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) chipping in seven. Thompson had a game-high seven assists to go with three steals, while Smith recorded seven caroms, one away from tying a career high. Senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) had two blocked shots for the Wolverines, who raced out to a 17-5 lead -- one they never relinquished -- off back-to-back layups from Goree with 12:05 remaining.

Michigan then went scoreless for 4:01, allowing Duquesne to cut the lead to 17-11. Driscoll's layup from Thompson off a pick-and-roll put the Wolverines on top, 19-11, with 8:04 showing on the first-half clock to stop the scoring drought.

A layup from Goree followed by a three-pointer from Ristovksi put U-M on top, 32-16, with 2:36 left. Ristovski scored twice more before the half to cap a 13-2 run for Michigan over the final 5:32 of the half.

Michigan doubled up the Dukes after the first 20 minutes of play, holding a 36-18 halftime lead. Goree led the way with 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting and seven rebounds. Ristovski and Thompson each had seven points, with Smith chipping in six. Michigan shot 51.7 percent (15-for-29) from the floor in the frame, compared to 28.6 percent (8-for-28) for Duquesne and held a 24-11 lead on the boards.

Driscoll canned a free throw jumper, and Smith scored a layup to push Michigan's lead to 40-18 to start the second half with 16:29 left. Thompson's second triple of the game followed by a Goree bucket in transition and another transition bucket from Thompson capped a 7-0 run over 1:21 to give Michigan its largest lead of the game to that point, 47-22, with 13:39 remaining.

Back-to-back three-point plays from Goree with 12:16 left gave Michigan a 53-22 lead. Duquesne began to close the gap, but Michigan's lead never dipped below 16 the rest of the way.

The Maize and Blue scorched the nets, shooting 54 percent (27-of-50) from the field and 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line. Michigan outrebounded Duquesne, 36-22, and had 17 assists on the night.

Michigan will face Bowling Green in the third round of the WNIT Thursday night (March 27). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)

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