Wolverines Falter in Overtime against Xavier
Nicole Elmblad

Nov. 13, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Xavier 79, Michigan 75 (OT)
Records: U-M (1-2), XU (1-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 16 -- at Detroit (Detroit, Mich.), 2 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite five players in double figures and double-doubles from juniors Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) and Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park), the University of Michigan women's basketball team fell to Xavier, 79-75, in overtime on Wednesday (Nov. 13) at Crisler Center.

Elmblad led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds for her second straight double-double, and Goree turned the first of her career with 16 points and 14 boards. Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) recorded 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, with sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) chipping in 12 points and junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) going for 14. The Wolverines shot 44.7 percent (34-for-76) from the floor in the game to Xavier's 35.7 percent (25-for-70), but the Musketeers' 11 three-pointers helped make up for the shooting deficit.

U-M scored the first four points of the overtime period, but the Musketeers answered with eight straight points for a four-point lead, 77-73, with 2:09 left. Ristovski brought the home team back within a basket with a 17-foot jumper with 1:07 left. After an empty possession, Michigan fouled, with Shatyra Hawkes missing both free throws with 21 seconds left. Michigan had the ball out of bounds on the sideline with 7.8 second remaining but turned the ball over on the pass. Hawkes was fouled once again, making both free throws for a 79-75 Xavier advantage. U-M did not score again for the final margin.

After replay overturned the original call on the floor, Michigan got the ball out of bounds underneath its own basket with 3.4 seconds to play and the score tied at 69 in regulation. Following a Michigan timeout, Goree's jumper in the lane rolled around the rim but did not fall to send the game to overtime.

With Michigan down 45-44 with 14:53 left after a Xavier three-point play, U-M went on a 9-2 run over the next 2:39. Following a Thompson reverse layup for a 53-47 Michigan advantage, Xavier took a timeout with 12:08 showing on the clock.

The Musketeers answered with five straight points to climb back within a point with 11:34 remaining. Neither team took more than a five-point lead the rest of the contest, and Xavier tied the game with 23 seconds remaining, before the contest went to extra time.

Michigan held an 18-15 lead with 10:12 left in the first half, before Xavier went on a 13-2 run to take a 28-20 lead at the 6:28 mark. The Wolverines answered with six straight points to get within a basket off a Goree jumper off the glass with a little more than four minutes left, 28-26.

U-M and Xavier went into the locker room tied at 32 after Smith hit a driving layup with 14 seconds left to tie the score. In the opening 20 minutes, Goree led the way with 10 points and five rebounds, Smith totaled eight points and Elmblad netted eight points with seven rebounds. U-M shot 48.3 percent (14-for-29) from the floor to Xavier's 34.4 percent (11-for-32). The Musketeers hit six three-pointers to U-M's one in the half, leading to the tie score at the break.

Michigan returns to action on Saturday (Nov. 16), traveling to Detroit to take on the Titans at 2 p.m.

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