First-Half Run Vaults U-M Past Cavs in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Madison Ristovski

Dec. 5, 2013

Box Score | Notes

Site: Charlottesville, Va. (John Paul Jones Arena)
Event: Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Score: Michigan 73, Virginia 53
Records: U-M (6-3), UVA (3-5)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Dec. 11 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used an 18-5 run over the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 16-point halftime lead en route to a 73-53 win at Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday night (Dec. 5) at John Paul Jones Arena.

Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) led the Michigan offense with 20 points for a new career high while also adding seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) went for 13 points and a career-best nine assists, and senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) scored a career-high 12 with five rebounds and four blocks. Junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) scored 12 points with eight rebounds as U-M had four in double figures in the contest. U-M shot 53.8 percent (28-for-52) from the floor in the game while handing out 21 assists on its 28 baskets.

Michigan took a 16-6 lead off an Elmblad baseline jumper with 12:55 left in the first half, but Michigan went scoreless for the next 4:53 to allow Virginia to get within four points, 16-12. Elmblad ended the drought for the Wolverines with a 15-foot jumper to push the U-M lead back to six, 18-12, with 8:02 showing on the first-half clock.

Virginia completed a three-point play on its ensuing possession to slice the U-M lead back to three points, 18-15, at the 7:46 mark. Michigan scored the next six points for a 24-15 lead, leading to Virginia's second timeout of the half with 5:27 left after a Driscoll hook shot in the lane.

Freshman guard Danielle Williams (Phoenix, Ariz./St. Mary's) hit back-to-back three-pointers, and Ristovski found Driscoll for a layup as time expired in the first half to seal an 8-0 Michigan run over the final 1:34, sending Michigan to the break with a 36-20 lead. The Wolverines shot 55.6 percent (15-for-27) in the first half while limiting Virginia to a 23.3-percent (7-for-30) clip. Elmblad scored 10 points, Driscoll went for eight and three other Wolverines chipped in six points each in the first 20 minutes of action.

The Maize and Blue opened the second stanza on a 9-4 run on buckets from Driscoll, Goree and freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) for a 45-24 lead with 17:19 left, resulting in a Cavalier timeout. Michigan continued to increase its lead, taking a 27-point lead (61-34) on a Goree three-point play with 10:50 to go.

The Wolverines led by as many as 29 in the second half en route to the 20-point win.

Michigan returns home for its next contest, hosting Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night (Dec. 11) at Crisler Center. Tip is slated for 7 p.m., and tickets are still available.

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