March 31, 2017
» Michigan is making its first-ever appearance in a postseason championship game. U-M has made three appearances in the WNIT semifinals (2015-17) and three trips to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament (1998, 2000, 2001).
» Junior Katelynn Flaherty, who is coming off an 18-point performance against Villanova, is eight points away from reaching the 2,000-point mark for her career.
» U-M and Georgia Tech are facing each other for the second time this season after the Wolverines came away with a 92-52 win in Atlanta as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Dec. 1).
The University of Michigan women's basketball team (27-9) will face Georgia Tech (22-14) in the championship game of the WNIT on Saturday (April 1) at Detroit Mercy's Calihan Hall. Tip is set for 3 p.m., and the game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
All tickets will be sold through the University of Detroit Mercy ticket office. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $6 for groups (10 or more). Tickets can be bought over the phone at 313-993-1700 or at the door on Saturday (April 1). Doors will open 90 minutes prior to tip and all tickets sales are cash only. There is not an ATM at Detroit Mercy's Calihan Hall.
Michigan is playing for just the second time in the month of April in program history. U-M faced off against UCLA in the 2015 WNIT semifinals at Crisler Center on April 1, 2015.
The Wolverines are making their first-ever appearance in a postseason championship game. U-M had made back-to-back appearances in the WNIT semifinals (2015, 2016) before breaking through this season. U-M also reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament three times (1998, 2000, 2001).
Michigan is playing the WNIT championship game at Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. Michigan has played at Calihan twice under fifth-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico. U-M came away with an 83-63 win over Detroit Mercy in 2013 and beat Detroit, 88-61, in 2015.
Senior Siera Thompson is leaving her mark at Michigan, now holding three career records. She is the program leader for minutes played at 4,721 and games played at 140. Thompson is also the first Wolverine with back-to-back seasons with at least 170 assists and the career leader in the category with 545. Thompson is the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 500 assists. Thompson and classmate Danielle Williams are the winningest class in school history with 88 victories.
Junior Katelynn Flaherty continues to put her name in the Michigan record book. Flaherty is up to 719 points this season, marking her second straight 700-point season. She is the only player in school history to top the 700-point plateau in a season -- and now she has done it twice. She is up to 105 three-pointers this season, tying her second-place mark from last season and five away Kate Thompson's record of 110. On the career front, Flaherty is eight points away from 2,000 in her career. Diane Dietz is the only player in women's basketball history to top 2,000 points, scoring a school-record 2,076 points. Between the men's and women's programs at U-M, there have been six Wolverines to score at least 2,000 points.
Scouting Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech (22-14) enters the WNIT championship game after home wins over Jacksonville, UCF, Middle Tennessee, Alabama and Washington State. GT features three double-figure scorers in Zaire O'Neil (12.7 ppg), Francesca Pan (11.4 ppg) and Kaylan Pugh (10.6 ppg) as the team averages 68.4 points per game on 40.1 percent shooting. Georgia Tech is allowing 65.0 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting. U-M leads the all-time series against Georgia Tech, 1-0.
Michigan and Georgia Tech are meeting for the second time this season as U-M took a 92-52 win in Atlanta during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. U-M took a 45-28 halftime lead and outscored GT, 27-9, in the third quarter to take control. U-M had five players in double figures, led by Katelynn Flaherty's 25 points and Jillian Dunston's 10-point, 12-rebound double-double.
Sophomore Hallie Thome has continued her move up the season list at Michigan, moving into fifth place on the single-season scoring list with 575 points on the strength of three 20-point games during the WNIT. She is also up to fifth on the single-season blocks list with 71 rejections. The sophomore has already reached the 1,000-point mark for her career becoming the third player to do it in two seasons (Katelynn Flaherty, Peg Harte). Thome has 1,080 points, putting her 23rd in career scoring.
Junior Jillian Dunston has started all 36 games this season, averaging 5.8 points on 55.1 percent shooting and 7.6 rebounds in 28.3 minutes per game. The junior has seven double-figure scoring games and has grabbed at least seven rebounds in 21 contests. She has two double-doubles on the season, with one coming against Georgia Tech (10 points, 12 rebounds) earlier this season. Her 273 rebounds this season rank fifth on the single-season list.
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