Michigan to Welcome Wright State in WNIT Second Round

March 17, 2017

» Hallie Thome is 11 points away from the 1,000-point mark for her career and can become the second sophomore in school history to reach the plateau.
» Michigan and Wright State are meeting for the second straight year in the WNIT. U-M came away with an 81-53 win in the first round of last year's edition.
» Siera Thompson will tie Madison Ristovski's career record for games played (137) with an appearance against Wright State.

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The University of Michigan women's basketball team (23-9) will host Wright State (25-8) in the second round of the WNIT on Saturday afternoon (March 18) at 2 p.m. inside Crisler Center. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students.

• Senior Siera Thompson passed Jenny Ryan for the Michigan lead in career minutes played after logging 28 minutes against Kent State (March 16). She now has 4,571 minutes played throughout her four-year career and is the U-M leader -- man or woman. Thompson is also second all-time at U-M with 136 games played, one behind Madison Ristovski's (2013-16) record of 137. She is 11 assists away from becoming the program leader.

• With a 67-60 win over Kent State on Thursday (March 16), Michigan set a new program record for wins with 23. U-M had won 22 games twice before (1999-2000 and 2012-13). In addition, the Wolverines hit six three-pointers in the contest to set a new school record for triples in a season with 252.

• Wright State (25-8) defeated Central Michigan, 66-64, in the first round of the WNIT on Thursday (March 16) in Dayton. The Raiders have four double-figure scorers in Chelsea Welch (18.6 ppg), Lexi Smith (12.8 ppg), Emily Vogelpohl (10.9 ppg) and Symone Simmons (10.0 ppg). As a team, WSU averages 68.6 points per game on 39.0-percent shooting while allowing 61.4 points per game on 40.1-percent shooting. U-M leads the all-time series against Wright State, 1-0.

• For the second straight season, U-M and Wright State will meet in the WNIT. Michigan kicked off last year's semifinal run with an 81-53 win over Wright State at Crisler Center (March 16, 2016). Siera Thompson led the way offensively for U-M in that game with 22 points, with Katelynn Flaherty turning in 19. Danielle Williams scored a career-high 12 points as U-M shot 49.3 percent from the floor for the game.

• Junior Katelynn Flaherty has continued her scoring ways this season, averaging 20.0 points per game on 44.3-percent shooting. She is up to 1,913 career points, ranking second all-time at U-M to Diane Dietz (2,076). Flaherty is now the sixth active player in the conference with 1,800 points and joins Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell as the only juniors to reach that total. With 22 points at Penn State (Feb. 26), Flaherty reached the 600-point mark for the season and is only Wolverine to have two 600-point seasons. She own three of the top 12 scoring seasons in school history: 774, 1st; 640, 3rd; 499, 12th.

• Sophomore Hallie Thome has anchored the middle for Michigan this season, averaging 15.1 points on 61.5-percent shooting to go with 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. She has scored in double figures in all but two games and has five 20-point games this season. Thome is 11 points away from the 1,000-point mark and has a chance to become the third player in school history to get there in two seasons. Her 64 blocks put her at No. 8 on the single-season list.

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