Wolverines Blast Southern for KBA's 300th Career Win
Kim Barnes Arico

Dec. 20, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 83, Southern 59
Records: U-M (8-4), Southern (3-5)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 28 -- vs. Alcorn State (Crisler Center), 2 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) and junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) each notched double-doubles, as the University of Michigan women's basketball team cruised to an 83-59 win over Southern on Friday evening (Dec. 20) at Crisler Center in what was the 300th career win for head coach Kim Barnes Arico.

Goree finished with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds (13 in the first half), while Elmblad added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) led all scorers with 18 points off the bench, with junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) contributing 13 points and a game-high eight assists.

The two teams traded baskets for the first five minutes, but with the score tied at 8-8, U-M went on a 16-3 run to blow the first half open. Goree scored six straight points during that stretch, sandwiching a pair of free throws in between a short jumper and layup. Thompson scored 14 of her points in the first half, including a perfect 4-for-4 line from the beyond the three-point arc.

The Wolverines shot 61 percent from the floor in the first half (60 percent from three-point range) while holding the Jaguars to just 37 percent. Goree outrebounded the entire Southern team by herself in the first half and came out on the floor in the second half just two rebounds away from her career high. The Wolverines went into the break up, 47-31, despite Southern closing the half on a 10-2 run.

The closest Southern got the rest of the game was within 13 points (53-40) at 15:38 to play, but Michigan responded with a quick 8-0 run to restore the big lead. Elmblad keyed the run with back-to-back makes, followed by successive jumpers from Goree and senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William). Southern scored the next five points after the run ended, but Michigan got it back again and then some, going on a 12-2 run, leading by as many as 28 with 5:15 remaining.

The Wolverines were dominant around the rim, outrebounding Southern, 51-26, and also leading in both points in the paint (44-12) and second-chance points (20-11).

Michigan closes out the homestand next Saturday (Dec. 28) with a matchup against Alcorn State at Crisler Center. The game will begin at 2 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)

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