Michigan to Welcome Kent State in WNIT First Round

March 15, 2017

» U-M is making its eighth straight postseason appearance, marking the longest streak in program history.
» Michigan has made the postseason in each of fifth-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico's seasons.
» Michigan and Kent State previously met in the 2010 WNIT, with the Wolverines coming away with a 69-43 win.
» Siera Thompson is 15 minutes away from passing Jenny Ryan for first all-time at Michigan -- man or woman -- in minutes played.

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The University of Michigan women's basketball team (22-9) will host Kent State (19-12) in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday (March 16) at Crisler Center. Tip is set for 7 p.m. University of Michigan faculty, staff and students with an MCard, along with children 18 and under, can receive free admission.

• For the eighth straight season, the longest streak in program history, the Wolverines are making a postseason appearance. U-M has made a run to the semifinals of the WNIT in each of the last two seasons. U-M is 11-4 in postseason action under fifth-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico.

• Senior Siera Thompson is on the verge of becoming Michigan's all-time leader in minutes played. Thompson enters the contest with 4,543 minutes played throughout her four-year career. Jenny Ryan (2010-13) holds the school record -- men's and women's -- with 4,558 minutes played. Thompson is also second all-time at U-M with 135 games played, two behind Madison Ristovski's (2013-16) record of 137.

• U-M is 14-1 at Crisler Center this season, with its 14 wins ranking second all-time for home wins in school history.

• Sophomore Hallie Thome enters the contest with 976 points, 24 points away from reaching the 1,000-point plateau. She is the U-M career leader in field goal percentage (.628) and could become the third sophomore in school history to reach 1,000 points (Katelynn Flaherty, Peg Harte).

• Michigan's trio of junior Katelynn Flaherty, sophomore Hallie Thome and freshman Kysre Gondrezick combine to be the highest-scoring trio in the Big Ten. Flaherty is third in the conference in scoring at 19.9 points per game, while Thome is 15th (15.2 ppg), and Gondrezick is 17th (15.1 ppg). The three combine for 50.2 points per game as the only trio in the Big Ten to go for 50 points per game.

• For the sixth straight season, U-M has reached the 20-win plateau -- now up to 22 wins. The total ties the school record for wins, which came during the 1999-2000 and 2012-13 seasons.

• Kent State (19-12) fell to eventual Mid-American Conference tournament champion Toledo, 67-63, in its last game (March 8). The Golden Flashes feature two double-figure scorers in Larissa Lurken (23.6 ppg, third nationally) and Jordan Korinek (15.5 ppg). As a team, KSU is averaging 71.4 points per game on 39.9-percent shooting while allowing 70.9 points per game on 41.6-percent shooting. U-M leads the all-time series against Kent State, 3-0, with the last meeting coming in the 2010 WNIT.

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