Nov. 1, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 81, Wayne State 55 (exhibition)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 8 -- vs. Bowling Green (New Rochelle, N.Y.), 4 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used four double-figure scorers to win its lone exhibition contest of the season, rolling past Wayne State, 81-55, on Friday night (Nov. 2) at Crisler Center.
Junior Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley)) put up a total of 22 points to go with eight rebounds. Sophomore Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich/University Liggett), freshman Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and junior Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) were the other three in double figures with 15, 13 and 12 points, respectively. In addition to her 13 points, Thompson dished out seven assists, while junior Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) pulled down 15 rebounds. For the game, Michigan out-rebounded Wayne State, 49-40, and forced 16 Warrior turnovers.
The Wolverines came out of the gates strong with six straight points, forcing an early WSU timeout just 1:01 into the game. Thompson hit the first shot of the game, quickly following suit with back-to-back layups.
Establishing an early lead, Michigan kept a double-digit lead throughout the first after establishing a 10-point lead at the 17:12 mark of the half. The Wolverines led by as many as 25 points in the first, thanks to a three from Smith with 36 seconds left in the half.
U-M went into the break with a 50-28 lead after Wayne State hit a three to end the half. Seven Wolverines scored in the first 20 minutes of play, as Michigan shot 56.4 percent (22-for-39) from the field and 50 percent (3-for-6) from the three-point range.
The second half was more of the same, with WSU never cutting the lead to fewer than 18 points. The Wolverines took their largest lead of the game of 26 points with an and-1 from Smith with 13:56 left in the game. U-M shot 38.2 percent (13-for-34) in the second half and shot 80 percent (8-for-10) from the foul line for the game.
The Wolverines will officially start their season in the first round of the Iona Tournament next Friday, Nov. 8, in New Rochelle, N.Y. U-M will square off against Bowling Green at 4 p.m. Iona and Arizona complete the tournament field.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423