Nov. 18, 2013
Site: Kalamazoo, Mich. (University Arena)
Score: Michigan 73, Western Michigan 45
Records: U-M (3-2), WMU (2-2)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Nov. 20 -- vs. Pittsburgh (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used a 24-2 first-half run and held Western Michigan without a field goal for 9:36 during that time en route to a 73-45 win over the Broncos on Monday night (Nov. 18) at University Arena.
Junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) led a trio of Wolverines in double figures with 14 points. Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) turned in her second double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) totaled 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in 32 minutes of action. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) grabbed 13 rebounds to go with eight points and four assists. Michigan totaled 59 rebounds in the contest, outrebounding WMU by 30.
Michigan was facing a 9-6 deficit with 13:34 remaining in the first before going on a 24-2 run over the next seven minutes for a 30-11 lead with 5:33 left in the half. A layup by Thompson keyed the run with 12:14 left, with Smith scoring nine during the spurt.
WMU cut the Wolverine lead to 14 points, 32-18, with 1:48 left in the half, but back-to-back short jumpers from Elmblad and Goree allowed the Maize and Blue to take a 36-18 lead at the half.
Smith paced the Wolverines with 11 points in the first half and sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./University Liggett) chipped in seven. Michigan shot 36.8 percent (14-for-38) from the floor in the frame but held WMU to 20.7 percent (6-for-29) shooting. U-M outrebounded the Broncos, 35-15, in the first half with 15 offensive and 20 defensive boards.
U-M continued to build its lead in the beginning minutes of the second half, pushing it to 23 points off a Smith trey at the 17:41 mark. The Wolverines eventually led by as many as 31 points in the final 20 minutes. Michigan kept its advantage at more than 20 the rest of the way in a 28-point win.
Michigan returns home on Wednesday (Nov. 20), as the Wolverines play host to Pittsburgh at Crisler Center. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.
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