Goree Leads Quartet of All-Big Ten Honorees
MGOBLUE Clockwise from top left: Cyesha Goree, Shannon Smith, Siera Thompson,<br />Nicole Elmblad
MGOBLUE
Clockwise from top left: Cyesha Goree, Shannon Smith, Siera Thompson,
Nicole Elmblad

MGOBLUE

March 3, 2014

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) was named to the All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and media on Monday afternoon (March 3), as the University of Michigan women's basketball team had four players receive recognition from the conference.

Freshman Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and junior Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview [Trinity Valley CC]) each received honorable mention from the coaches and media, while junior Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) earned honorable mention from the media. Senior Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop William) was Michigan's sportsmanship recipient.

Goree recorded 11 double-doubles on the season (points/rebounds), the second-best total in the Big Ten. She is averaging 11.8 points per game on 55.1 percent shooting and grabbing 9.5 rebounds per game. She finished the regular season ranked first in the conference in offensive rebounds (4.2/game), second in total rebounds (9.5/game) and third in field goal percentage (55.1). She was named the Big Ten Player of the Week earlier this season (Feb. 17) after a 30-point, 19-rebound performance at Illinois. It is the first time in her career that she has earned Big Ten honors.

Thompson was the conference's fifth-leading freshman scorer, averaging 13.3 points per game. She hit 67 three-pointers on a 44.1-percent clip, which ranked fourth in the entire league. She hit at least one three-pointer in all 29 games, the only Big Ten player to do that this season. Thompson scored in double figures 24 times, including four 20-point games. She now holds the U-M freshman record for three-pointers in a season and is third on the single-season list. Thompson also averaged 3.4 points and 2.8 assists in 36.2 minutes per game. She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week once this year (Jan. 20).

Smith capped the regular season as Michigan's leading scorer, scoring 14.3 points per game. She also averaged 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Smith scored in double figures 22 times and eclipsed the 20-point mark five times. She finished the regular season by scoring at least 20 points in two of Michigan's last three games, also recording 11 steals over U-M's last three contests.

Elmblad was the only Wolverine to start all 29 contests, and she averaged a Big Ten-leading 36.2 minutes per game. U-M's captain averaged 11.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game. She scored at least 10 points in 19 games and grabbed at least 10 boards nine times. She improved her scoring from 4.3 points per game a season ago to 11.9 this year. She was recently named to the Academic All-America second team, becoming just the second Wolverine in school history to earn the honor.

Michigan (17-12, 8-8 B1G) is the No. 7 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament and will play No. 10 Indiana on Thursday (March 6) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game is slated for 6:30 p.m., and can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.


2013-14 ALL-BIG TEN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS

COACHES SELECTIONS

First Team
SAMANTHA LOGIC, Iowa
Aerial Powers, Michigan State
RACHEL BANHAM, Minnesota
JORDAN HOOPER, Nebraska
Rachel Theriot, Nebraska
Nia Coffey, Northwestern
Ameryst Alston, Ohio State
Ariel Edwards, Penn State
MAGGIE LUCAS, Penn State
COURTNEY MOSES, Purdue
Michala Johnson, Wisconsin

Second Team
Cyesha Goree, Michigan
Larryn Brooks, Indiana
Bethany Doolittle, Iowa
Annalise Pickrel, Michigan State
Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota
Emily Cady, Nebraska
Tear'a Laudermill, Nebraska
Dara Taylor, Penn State
KK Houser, Purdue

Honorable Mention
Siera Thompson, Michigan
Shannon Smith, Michigan
Ivory Crawford, Illinois
Ally Disterhoft, Iowa
Klarissa Bell, Michigan State
Tori Jankoska, Michigan State
Becca Mills, Michigan State
Lauren Douglas, Northwestern
Maggie Lyon, Northwestern
Talia East, Penn State
Whitney Bays, Purdue
April Wilson, Purdue
Taylor Wurtz, Wisconsin

All-Defensive Team
Bethany Doolittle, Iowa
Klarissa Bell, Michigan State
Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota
Hallie Sample, Nebraska
DARA TAYLOR, Penn State

All-Freshman Team
Larryn Brooks, Indiana
Ally Disterhoft, Iowa
Aerial Powers, Michigan State
AMANDA ZAHUI B., Minnesota
Nia Coffey, Northwestern

Player of the Year
Jordan Hooper, Nebraska

Defensive Player of the Year
Dara Taylor, Penn State

Freshman of the Year
Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota

Sixth Player of the Year
Whitney Bays, Purdue

Coach of the Year
Connie Yori, Nebraska

MEDIA SELECTIONS

First Team
Samantha Logic, Iowa
Aerial Powers, Michigan State
RACHEL BANHAM, Minnesota
Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota
JORDAN HOOPER, Nebraska
Rachel Theriot, Nebraska
Ameryst Alston, Ohio State
Ariel Edwards, Penn State
MAGGIE LUCAS, Penn State
Courtney Moses, Purdue

Second Team
Cyesha Goree, Michigan
Larryn Brooks, Indiana
Bethany Doolittle
Emily Cady, Nebraska
Tear'a Laudermill, Nebraska
Nia Coffey, Northwestern
Dara Taylor, Penn State
Whitney Bays, Purdue
KK Houser, Purdue
Michala Johnson, Wisconsin

Honorable Mention
Nicole Elmblad, Michigan
Shannon Smith, Michigan
Siera Thompson, Michigan
Ivory Crawford, Illinois
Amber Moore, Illinois
Ally Disterhoft, Iowa
Klarissa Bell, Michigan State
Tori Jankoska, Michigan State
Becca Mills, Michigan State
Annalise Pickrel, Michigan State
Ashley Deary, Northwestern
Maggie Lyon, Northwestern
Raven Ferguson, Ohio State
Talia East, Penn State
April Wilson, Purdue
Taylor Wurtz, Wisconsin

Player of the Year
Maggie Lucas, Penn State

Freshman of the Year
Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota

Coach of the Year
Coquese Washington, Penn State

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)


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