Michigan Cruises Past Alcorn State in Non-Conference Finale
Val Driscoll

Dec. 28, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 76, Alcorn State 31
Records: U-M (9-4), Alcorn State (1-10)
Attendance: 2,168
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 5 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 5 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) led all scorers with 20 points, while junior guard Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) added 16 points as the University of Michigan women's basketball team claimed a 76-31 victory over Alcorn State on Saturday (Dec. 28) inside Crisler Center. Senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) had a career day, tying a career best with 11 rebounds to go along with a career-high seven blocks.

The Wolverines were in control from the opening tip, charging out to a 16-4 run at the midway point of the first half. The team's first eight points came in the paint, including a pair of field goals from Driscoll. Michigan's defense was stout on the other end, not allowing an Alcorn State field goal until the 13:15 mark.

After Alcorn State got five quick points to cut the lead to 18-7, Michigan responded with a 12-0 scoring run. Sophomore guard Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./University Liggett) started the push with a slick crossover layup and hit a triple two possessions later, following a three-pointer from Thompson. The Wolverines led 34-9 at halftime, limiting Alcorn State to just 17 percent shooting and forcing 15 turnovers.

Elmblad and Thompson provided the majority of the offense to start the second half. Elmblad scored the first six points out of the break, while Thompson added nine points all by herself in just over a minute from 16:11 to 15:09. Michigan clamped down on defense and continued to build on its big lead, allowing only three Alcorn State field goals in the second half.

Freshman guard Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlyle) was a key contributor off the bench, scoring 11 points, six of which came in a 1:09 stretch in the second half.

The Wolverines will open the Big Ten season next Sunday (Jan. 5) against Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The game will start at 5 p.m. and be televised by Big Ten Network.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre

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