Fast Start, Smith's 32 Propel Wolverines Past Detroit
Shannon Smith

Nov. 16, 2013

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Site: Detroit, Mich. (Calihan Hall)
Score: Michigan 83, Detroit 63
Records: U-M (2-2), UDM (2-2)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Nov. 18 -- at Western Michigan (Kalamazoo, Mich.), 7 p.m.

DETROIT, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used an early 16-2 run to begin the game and got 32 points from junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) to pick up an 83-63 win at Detroit on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 16) at Calihan Hall.

Smith spearheaded the Wolverine offense with 32 points, the most points scored by a Wolverine since 2005; she added eight rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) scored a career-best 14 points with five rebounds and four assists, and junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) turned in nine points and 11 rebounds. Eleven Wolverines saw the floor, with eight scoring at least two points.

After allowing Detroit to score the game's first two points, Ristovski drilled a triple, before junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) made a steal and fed Smith for a layup. A Goree fastbreak layup then forced a Detroit timeout just 1:18 into the game.

Michigan's run continued after the stoppage, eventually taking a 16-4 lead when freshman guard Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle) buried a trey with 14:41 remaining. U-M's lead grew to as many as 22 points in the first frame, and the Wolverines took a 47-29 lead into the break.

Michigan shot 53.8 percent (21-for-38) in the first half, while Detroit managed just a 37.0 percent (10-for-27) clip. Smith paced the offense with 12 points, with Ristovski chipping in nine and Rakers going for eight. The Wolverines out-rebounded the Titans, 27-9, with Michigan grabbing almost as many offensive rebounds (8) as UDM had total rebounds.

In the second half, U-M's lead grew to 26 with 13:06 left on a Smith triple from the corner, and Michigan kept the double-digit lead the rest of the way. Detroit made a late run to get back within 15 points, 75-60, with 2:10 left, but Michigan scored eight of the last 11 points of the game for the 20-point win.

The Maize and Blue continues it stretch of four games in seven days on Monday (Nov. 18) when the Wolverines travel to Kalamazoo to take on Western Michigan. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.

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