Goree, Elmblad, Ristovski Key Wolverines to Victory over EMU
Nicole Elmblad

Dec. 11, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 89, Eastern Michigan 75
Records: U-M (7-3), EMU (6-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 14 -- vs. Notre Dame (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan basketball team used 11 straight points from sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./Liggett) in the first half to break a 32-32 tie and take control of the contest, knocking off Washtenaw County rival Eastern Michigan, 89-75, on Wednesday night (Dec. 11) to start a four-game home stretch at Crisler Center.

Ristovski scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting. She hit three three-pointers, was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and led the Maize and Blue with seven assists. Meanwhile, junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) and junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) each had double-doubles for the Wolverines. Goree had a career-high 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds, while Elmblad had 13 points and 11 boards. Michigan's fourth double-digit scorer was freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), who netted 15 points and was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range.

The Wolverines closed the half on a 15-5 run over the final 4:39 of the frame. With the score knotted at 32, Ristovski scored 11 straight points for Michigan to put the Wolverines on top, 43-32, with 2:02 left in the stanza to force an Eastern timeout. U-M managed four more points before the halftime break, coming courtesy of a Goree layup and a pair of Elmblad free throws.

Michigan pushed its second-half advantage to 17 (71-54) off a pair of Ristovski free throws and a Thompson jumper that beat the shot clock with 9:10 remaining in the game. Following an EMU stoppage, the Eagles scored the next seven points to trim the U-M lead to 10 with 7:21 showing on the clock.

The Eagles pulled within nine with 5:43 left, but Michigan reeled off eight straight points, coming on a Thompson trey and five points from Goree, to push the U-M lead back to 17 points, 83-66, with 3:39 to go. Michigan held a double-digit lead the rest of the game en route to the final margin of 14 points.

The Maize and Blue shot 57.4 percent from the field, including 65.2 percent (15-of-23) in the second half. The Wolverines enjoyed a 44-39 rebounding advantage and had 21 assists. Michigan also was 20-for-25 (80 percent) from the charity stripe.

Michigan continues its homestand on Saturday (Dec. 14), hosting No. 4-ranked Notre Dame. Tip is slated for 7 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)

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