Wolverines Knock Off Rutgers to Open Big Ten Play

Dec. 28, 2016

What You Need to Know
» Michigan outscored Rutgers 17-6 in the third quarter, turning a one-point halftime lead into a 12-point advantage after the third quarter.
» Kysre Gondrezick led all scorers with 18 points in her first career start, and Katelynn Flaherty (13), Jillian Dunston (11) and Hallie Thome (10) also scored in double figures.
» Michigan defeated Rutgers for the first time in program history.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 63, Rutgers 50
Records: U-M (12-3, 1-0 Big Ten), RU (3-11, 0-1 Big Ten)
Attendance: 3,957
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 1 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 2 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman Kysre Gondrezick led the Wolverines with 18 points in her first career start as the University of Michigan women's basketball team outscored Rutgers, 17-6, in the third quarter in a 63-50 win on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 28) in the conference lidlifter for both teams at Crisler Center. With the win, the Wolverines picked up their first-ever victory over the Scarlet Knights.

Gondrezick was one of four players to score in double figures for the Maize and Blue, going 6-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-5 from three-point range. She also led U-M with seven rebounds. Junior Katelynn Flaherty was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, scoring 13 points and adding three assists. Classmate Jillian Dunston poured in 11 points and had six rebounds, while sophomore Hallie Thome had 10 points and five boards.

The Wolverines went into the half with a 26-25 lead and opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run on five points from Flaherty and a Gondrezick three-pointer. Michigan led by double figures (37-27) after a Thome basket with 3:25 left in the third and led by as much as 12 points in the quarter's final minute. Michigan shot 5-for-11 (45.4 percent) from the field and pulled down nine rebounds in the third quarter.

Michigan kept the lead at double figures for most of the fourth quarter, taking a 55-41 advantage with 3:11 left on two free throws by Thome. Senior Siera Thompson gave Michigan its largest lead of the game (59-46) with a pair of free throws with a little more than a minute to play.

Rutgers had as much as a five-point lead in the first quarter, before the Wolverines chipped away and took a 13-11 lead at the quarter break. The Scarlet Knights tied the game on two occasions in the second quarter, before Michigan took the lead for good after a Thome layup at 3:24 that made it 20-18.

Michigan was 26-for-31 (83.9 percent) from the free throw line in the win. The Wolverines forced 17 Rutgers turnovers and outrebounded the Scarlet Knights, 33-32.

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Michigan will start the 2017 portion of its schedule on New Year's Day as the Wolverines are at Wisconsin Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. matchup with the Badgers.

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