Wolverines Drop Close Contest to No. 10 Florida State
Siera Thompson

Nov. 26, 2016

What You Need to Know
» Michigan entered the fourth quarter down by just five but was outscored in the final period, 23-14, to suffer its first loss of the season.
» Katelynn Flaherty (18 points) and Hallie Thome (13 points, eight rebounds) were named to the all-tournament team.
» U-M shot 44.4 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Seminoles, 31-29. Kysre Gondrezick joined Thome and Flaherty in double figures with 17 points.

Box Score

Site: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (University of the Virgin Islands Sport and Recreation Center)
Event: Paradise Jam (Reef Division)
Score: #10 Florida State 76, Michigan 62
Records: U-M (6-1), FSU (6-1)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Dec. 1 -- at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Ga.), 7 p.m.

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team entered the fourth quarter down by just five but was outscored 23-14 in the final 10 minutes to drop a tight 76-62 contest to No. 10 Florida State in the finale of the Paradise Jam on Saturday evening (Nov. 26) at the University of the Virgin Islands Sport and Recreation Center.

Junior Katelynn Flaherty led the way for Michigan with 18 points and four rebounds. Freshman Hallie Thome went for 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 36 minutes, with freshman Kysre Gondrezick going for 17 points and five rebounds off the bench. Michigan shot 44.4 percent (24-for-54) from the floor, including a 50-percent clip (8-for16) from three-point range and outrebounded the Seminoles, 31-29.

Michigan weathered an early storm to reach the end of the first quarter down by just one, 15-14. FSU scored the first basket of the second period, but a Thome free throw followed by a Flaherty triple at the 9:05 mark gave Michigan its first lead of the day, 18-17. Flaherty scored again on Michigan's next possession as FSU called a timeout at 7:37 with U-M holding a 20-17 lead.

U-M was up 22-19, before FSU scored seven straight to force a U-M timeout with 4:59 to go in the second. Michigan scored on its ensuing possession to stem the tide. FSU led by as many as six points in the remainder of the period, but Michigan did not let the lead get bigger than that before the half.

The Wolverines hit the break trailing by just four points following a stop on its final defensive possession. Flaherty led the way for U-M with eight points as Gondrezick chipped in seven off the bench, and Thome had five. The Wolverines held their own on the glass, outrebounding the Seminoles, 19-13, through the first 20 minutes.

Michigan cut it to two in the third quarter, but a 6-0 FSU run resulted in a Michigan timeout trailing 40-32 with 6:34 on the clock. Gondrezick hit a corner triple to get within five, 40-35, with 5:27 on the clock, followed by a sophomore Nicole Munger corner triple to bring Michigan back within three, 41-38 at the 4:55 mark. Flaherty nailed a corner stepback triple, followed by a Gondrezick steal and layup to bring the Maize and Blue back within a point, 44-43, with 3:43 remaining in the third period.

Michigan was within five to start the fourth quarter but turned the ball over on the opening possession for a layup to go down seven, 55-48. Gondrezick scored on a tough lefty layup to bring the Wolverines back within six with 7:15 remaining, but it was as close as Michigan got the rest of the way.

Michigan will continue its road travels this week, heading to Georgia Tech on Thursday (Dec. 1) to face the Yellow Jackets in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

Communications Contact: Sarah VanMetre


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