Wolverines Bow Out of WNIT Third Round at Bowling Green
Nicole Elmblad

March 27, 2014

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Site: Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
Event: WNIT Third Round
Score: Bowling Green 63, Michigan 53
Records: U-M (20-14), BGSU (30-4)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) grabbed eight rebounds to set a new single-season record, but the University of Michigan women's basketball team concluded its season with a 63-53 loss at Bowling Green in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday night (March 27) at the Stroh Center.

Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) led the way offensively for Michigan with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Goree joined her in double figures with 12 points to go with her eight rebounds. Michigan shot just 40.4 percent (23-for-57) from the floor, compared to 55. 8 percent (24-for-43) for Bowling Green. BG also won the battle on the glass, 28-27.

The teams went back and forth in the early going, combining for four lead changes over the first 12 minutes. An Elmblad three-point play on a backdoor cut with 7:04 left knotted the game at 19. BGSU responded with an 8-2 run over the next 3:05 to take a 27-21 with 3:59 left in the half.

Coming out of the half's final media timeout, senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) split a pair of free throws at the 3:27 mark for 27-22 game. Bowling Green closed the half with four straight points to stretch its run to 12-3 over the final part of the half.

BGSU hit the break with a 31-22 lead, shooting 48.0 percent (12-for-25) to Michigan's 31.0 percent (9-for-29). Elmblad led the way at the half with seven points, with freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) each going for five. U-M only scored one field goal over the final seven minutes of the half, allowing the Falcons to hold the lead. BG also outrebounded the Wolverines, 19-15, during the opening stanza.

Thompson hit a runner in the lane to start and BG shot clock violation on its opening possession to pull the Wolverines within seven, 31-24, with 18:57 remaining. The Falcons scored 10 of the next 16 points to take their largest lead of the game, 41-30, with 14:34 left before taking a timeout.

A corner triple from freshman guard Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle) cut the lead to nine, 50-41, with 8:03 left. The teams traded baskets to keep the lead at nine before the Falcons scored nine straight to push their lead to 18 points, 61-43, with 3:06 on the clock.

Michigan made a late push but could get no closer than 10 points in the loss.

U-M's season is now complete. The Wolverines wrapped up their sixth 20-win season in program history, including their third straight.

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