April 4, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Senior guard Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) of the University of Michigan women's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the State Farm Three-Point Championship on Thursday night (April 4) at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion. Thompson was the first Wolverine to ever participate in the event.
Thompson started strong in the first round, hitting her first two shots and finishing with 14 points. Tied with Delaware's Lauren Carra for fourth place, Thompson advanced by virtue of winning the tiebreaker by hitting more bonus balls. The top four scorers advanced to the semifinals.
In the semifinal round, Thompson's effort featured a perfect rack on the left wing. She finished with 15 points in that round, unable to advance to the finals. Thompson finished in third place during the round, with the top two scorers advancing to the finals. Indiana's Aulani Sinclair won the women's competition with 21 points in the final.
"It was all about having fun," Thompson said. "I just wanted to have a good time with this, and I really did. It was another opportunity for me to put on my uniform and represent Michigan. It was such a great experience, and I am so happy I had this opportunity."
Shooters had one minute to shoot from five racks of five balls. Each rack featured four orange balls worth one point and five white and red balls worth two points.
Thompson hit 110 three-pointers on the season, setting a new Michigan single-season record and ranking second all-time in Big Ten history. She had 11 games with at least five three-pointers and 20 games with at least three triples. Thompson set a new U-M single-game standard when she hit seven against Northwestern on Jan. 17. She led the Wolverines in scoring at 14.3 points per game and scored in double figures 24 times this season. Thompson currently ranks third in the NCAA with 3.33 three-point field goals per game and has the fourth-highest total (110).
The sharpshooter finished her career at U-M with 198 three-pointers, ranking second on the all-time list. In Michigan's final game this season, she became the 24th Wolverine to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau and ended her career with 1,001 points.
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