Michigan Rolls Past Virginia Tech into WNIT Semifinals

March 25, 2017

» Katelynn Flaherty scored a game-high 29 points, including seven three-pointers, to record just the second 700-point season in school history (701). Both 700-point seasons belong to Flaherty.
» Hallie Thome scored 27 points on 11-for-16 shooting, including seven straight to start the fourth quarter.
» Siera Thompson became the program leader in assists after going for five against Virginia Tech. Thompson now has 540 career assists.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: WNIT (Quarterfinals)
Score: Michigan 80, Virginia Tech 62
Records: U-M (26-9), VT (20-13)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, March 29 -- vs. Villanova (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team got 29 points from junior Katelynn Flaherty and 27 from sophomore Hallie Thome to roll past Virginia Tech, 80-62, in the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Saturday afternoon (March 25) inside Crisler Center.

Flaherty recorded the 21st game of her career with at least five triples, hitting 7-for-12 from beyond the arc. Thome was 11-for-16 from the floor while grabbing five boards in just 21 minutes of action. Senior Siera Thompson became the program leader in career assists (540) after going for eight points, eight boards, five assists and two steals. Junior Jillian Dunston chipped in eight points and eight rebounds as U-M shot 51.6 percent (33-for-64) from the floor and outrebounded Virginia Tech, 41-34.

Michigan fell behind by as many as six points in the opening frame as Virginia Tech hit four of its first six three-pointers.

U-M settled in during the second quarter, using an 8-0 run for a 29-22 lead following a freshman Kayla Robbins layup with 6:15 left, forcing a VT timeout. The run included layups from sophomore Nicole Munger and Dunston and a pair of free throws from Flaherty.

Thome scored with five seconds remaining in the second quarter on a putback to send the Wolverines to the break with a 38-29 lead. U-M outscored the Hokies by 10, 19-9, in the second quarter to take control of the game.

U-M broke it open in the third quarter as Flaherty opened the period with a left-corner triple in transition for a 41-29 lead just a minute in. Thome followed with a three-point play on the ensuing possession, before Flaherty hit another triple, staking U-M a 47-34 lead with 6:22 left.

Flaherty continued her hot shooting, hitting back-to-back triples to push Michigan's lead to 20, 62-42, with 29.3 left in the third quarter. Virginia Tech banked in a three on its final possession to send the game to the fourth with Michigan up 62-45.

VT cut the lead to 14 to start the fourth quarter, hitting another triple on its first possession, but Thome scored seven straight points, capped by a three-point play with 8:38 left, to push Michigan's lead back to 21 (69-48).

U-M led by as many as 26 points in the final quarter en route to the 18-point win.

Michigan will play host to Villanova in the next round of the WNIT on Wednesday (March 29) at 7 p.m.

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