Nov. 9, 2013
Site: New Rochelle, N.Y. (Hynes Athletic Center)
Event: Iona Tournament
Score: Michigan 73, Arizona 71 (OT)
Records: U-M (1-1), UA (1-1)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Nov. 13 -- vs. Xavier (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) hit a turnaround jumper as time expired to send the game to overtime, where the University of Michigan women's basketball team prevailed over Arizona, 73-71, in the second game of the Iona Tournament on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 9) at the Hynes Athletic Center.
Junior Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) led four players in double figures with 21 points; she added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in 45 minutes of action. Junior Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./La Salle) turned in a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) had 12 points and eight assists, and Goree chipped in 11 points with six rebounds. Senior Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) contributed four points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
Trailing by two with just 4.7 seconds remaining and Arizona inbounding the ball under Michigan's basket, the Wolverines forced a jump ball and got the ball back with 2.0 seconds left. Smith, inbounding the ball, found Goree on the baseline off the pass. Goree turned and fired a hook shot at the basket, which found nothing but the bottom of the net as time expired to knot the game at 65.
In the extra period, back-to-back three-pointers from freshman Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle) and Smith with 1:40 remaining staked Michigan a four-point lead, 73-69. Arizona hit a jumper with 36 seconds remaining to get within two but missed a shot at the buzzer to seal U-M's two-point win.
The Wolverines opened the game on a 10-4 run, forcing an Arizona timeout at the 16:39 mark of the first half. Smith hit a three to open the scoring, and Thompson scored five points sandwiched around a Goree layup. Michigan pushed the lead to nine points off a Smith trey after an offensive rebound, taking an 18-9 lead with 11:22 remaining in the half.
Arizona tied the score at 24, but a pair of Rakers free throws broke the tie moments later at the 3:11 mark to jumpstart an 8-2 run for the Wolverines to end the half. U-M hit the break with a 32-26 lead, using 11 points from Smith and six from Elmblad. Michigan shot 44 percent (11-for-25) from the floor compared to 42.3 percent (11-for-26) for the Wildcats. The Maize and Blue took advantage of nine offensive rebounds in the frame, leading to 10 points.
In the second half, Rakers hit a three-pointer to put Michigan up 48-40 with 11:22 left, but U-M did not score until a pair of Elmblad free throws at the 5:56 mark to tie the game at 50 after Arizona completed a 10-0 run.
Arizona pushed its lead to five points with 3:04 left, before Thompson answered with a trey at the 2:20 mark. Michigan then cut it to one point with 33 seconds left but could not get a defensive rebound on the ensuing possession and was forced to foul. Arizona hit one of two free throws for a two-point lead with 10 seconds left. Smith got a look at a layup but missed, leading to Michigan regaining possession on the jump ball and Goree's jumper.
Michigan plays at home for the first time on Wednesday (Nov. 13), hosting Xavier at Crisler Center at 7 p.m.
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