KBA Named Big Ten Coach of the Year; Trio Honored

Feb. 27, 2017

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- University of Michigan women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year to highlight U-M's Big Ten honors as announced by the conference Monday afternoon (Feb. 27). In addition, junior Katelynn Flaherty (consensus first team), sophomore Hallie Thome (first team/second team) and freshman Kysre Gondrezick (consensus second team/all-freshman) were honored by the league's coaches and media to give Michigan its most honorees in school history.

Barnes Arico was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the coaches and media, becoming the first coach in school history to win from both voting panels. She helped U-M to a third-place finish in the Big Ten, its highest finish since the 2010-11 season and only the fourth top-three finish in school history. Barnes Arico did it with a team that gets 52 percent of its scoring from underclassmen, and she had U-M in the top 25 for three weeks. She is the first Michigan coach to win the honor since Sue Guevara was picked by the media in 2000.

Flaherty picks up her second straight All-Big Ten consensus first-team nod, earning a unanimous selection from the coaches. Flaherty averaged 20.0 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting to go with 2.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game. She compiled 17 20-point games and three 30-point games this season as the only player in school history to record back-to-back 600-point seasons. She is up to second all-time on the U-M scoring list (1,873).

Thome was named to the first team by the coaches and the second team by the media, marking the first time in school history that U-M has had multiple players on the first team. Thome averaged 15.2 points per game on 63.4 percent shooting to go with 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. The lefty scored in double figures in all but two games and topped 20 points five times. She was named the Big Ten Player of the Week following her 37-point, 14-rebound performance at Wisconsin (Jan. 1). She is up to 960 points in her career with a chance to become the third sophomore in school history to reach 1,000.

Gondrezick is the first freshman in school history to earn a spot on the All-Big Ten second team, grabbing the spot on both the coaches and media teams. It is also the third straight year that Michigan has had a player named to the all-freshman team, as Gondrezick nabbed a place on that team after winning Big Ten Freshman of the Week a school-record six times. She averaged 14.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game overall, and in Big Ten games, she upped her averages to 16.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. She is three points away from cracking the top five for freshman scoring in U-M history (446).

Senior Siera Thompson was Michigan's sportsmanship honoree for the first time in her career after starting all 30 games at point guard. Thompson averaged 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. She is on pace to graduate as Michigan's all-time leader in minutes played.

Michigan finished the regular season with a 22-8 overall mark after going 11-5 in Big Ten play. U-M is the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament and will play the final game of the day on Friday (March 3) at approximately 9 p.m. U-M's possible opponents are Rutgers, Wisconsin or Michigan State.

Communications Contact: Sarah VanMetre


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