Wolverines Drop Season Opener to Bowling Green
Shannon Smith

Nov. 8, 2013

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Site: New Rochelle, N.Y. (Hynes Athletic Center)
Event: Iona Tournament
Score: Bowling Green 63, Michigan 52
Records: U-M (0-1), BGSU (1-0)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 9 -- vs. Arizona (New Rochelle, N.Y.), 1 p.m.

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team fell in an early hole and never recovered, dropping a 63-52 contest to Bowling Green in the opening game of the Iona Tournament on Friday (Nov. 8) at Iona's Hynes Athletic Center.

Junior Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley]) led the Wolverine offense, scoring 17 points with four steals and three rebounds. Freshman Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) went for 12 points, and junior Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./La Salle) scored 10 points. Junior Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) chipped in eight points and seven rebounds as five Wolverines scored in the contest. Michigan shot 32.7 percent (18-for-55) from the floor, compared to Bowling Green's 47.8-percent clip (22-for-46).

BGSU jumped out to an early 13-point lead (18-5) with 14:23 left in the first half off a three-pointer from Jillian Halfhill. Michigan responded with a 19-8 run over the next 10 minutes to cut the Bowling Green lead to just two points, 26-24, with 4:49 remaining. The run was keyed by eight points from Thompson, who hit two treys during the spurt.

The Falcons then pushed the lead back to as many as 11 points before the half, but Michigan scored the final three points of the frame to hit the break with just an eight-point deficit, 36-28. Elmblad led the way with 10 points in the first half, as Michigan shot just 37.9 percent (11-for-29) to BGSU's 54.5 percent (12-for-22).

Neither team scored for the first 2:17 of the second half, before a Smith jumper once again cut into the Bowling Green lead to trim it six (36-30). Michigan sliced the lead to six points one more time during the game, coming off another Smith jumper with 15:15 remaining, but BGSU went on a 7-0 run following the basket to push the advantage to 13 points (47-34) at the 13:47 mark.

The Maize and Blue pulled back within eight points with 3:04 left when Thompson laid one off the glass but Michigan got no closer.

Michigan will face Arizona tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 9) at 1 p.m. to conclude play at the Iona Tournament.

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