Nov. 29, 2013
Site: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
Event: Barclays Invitational (Semifinals)
Score: Michigan 82, Texas Tech 71
Records: U-M (5-2), Texas Tech (3-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 30 -- vs. Rutgers or LSU (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 7:30 or 9:30 p.m.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used four double-figure scorers and hit 10 three-pointers to knock off Texas Tech, 82-71, in the first game of the Barclays Invitational on Saturday morning (Nov. 29) at the Barclays Center.
Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) paced the Michigan offense with a career-best 24 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the floor, including a 4-for-5 performance from beyond the arc. Junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) went for 15 points, junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) scored 14, and junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) netted 12 points.
Michigan shot a season-best 59.3 percent (32-for-54) from the floor and managed a 62.5 percent showing (10-for-16) from beyond the arc. U-M won the rebounding battle, 31-25, and totaled 17 fastbreak points.
The teams were tied at 17 with 12:32 remaining in the first half before Michigan went on a 22-7 run over the next 8:50, staking the Wolverines to a 39-24 lead off a trey from freshman guard Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle) with 3:42 remaining. Texas Tech cut the lead to 10 points twice before the half, but Michigan answered both times with free throws.
Thompson hit four straight free throws to account for Michigan's final four points before the half, sending Michigan to the break with a 43-31 lead. Thompson led U-M in the opening period with 13 points and Smith chipped in 11, as the Wolverines shot 59.3 percent (16-for-27) from the floor. Texas Tech countered with a 39.3 percent (11-for-28) clip, and Michigan outrebounded the Lady Raiders, 16-13, in the first frame.
U-M scored the first four points of the second half and never looked back, eventually taking a 20-point lead when sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) knocked in a triple with an even 12 minutes remaining. U-M did not let up after that, pushing its advantage to 23 (82-59) with 3:49 left off a Goree fastbreak layup. The Lady Raiders scored the game's final 12 points to provide the 11-point margin.
Michigan will face either Rutgers or LSU tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 29) at the Barclays Center. Tip will be at either 7:30 or 9:30 p.m.
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