Wolverine Roll in First European Game

Aug 21, 2013

Day One Blog | Wolverines in Europe

Site: Paris, France (Marie de France)
Score: Michigan 102, AMW 34
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Aug. 24 -- Game Two (Lake Como, Italy), 7 p.m. Central European Time

PARIS, France -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team put on a show in the first game of its Europear tour, defeating AMW France, 102-34, on Wednesday evening (Aug. 21) at Marie de France. Every Wolverine scored, and U-M turned in a pair of dominating halves in the win.

Leading the way offensively for the Maize and Blue was freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), who had 23 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) was named MVP of the game after narrowly missing a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds, to go with five assists and four steals. Junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview {Trinity Valley C.C.}) turned a double-double with 14 points and 13 assists, while also recording six steals. Joining that trio in double figures were freshman guard Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlye) with 11 and junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) with 10.

U-M started the contest quickly, scoring a quick 10 points in 1:42 after allowing AMW to score the first basket. A lay-up from Smith with 9:08 remaining in the first quarter put the Wolverines on the board and three more scored during the spurt.

Michigan's lead grew to 17 during the first quarter off a fastbreak lay-up from Smith and the Maize and Blue concluded the first 10 minutes with a 29-14 advantage. The Wolverines capitalized on the fast break, scoring 12 points on the run.

Thompson took over in the second quarter, scoring six points in a 1:03 stretch (jumper, three-pointer and a free throw), extending Michigan's lead to 27 (43-16) with 5:25 left in the half. Both teams struggled in the closing minutes of the first half, as the two combined for just five points in the last 3:31. Williams hit a three-pointer on an in-and-out with Goree with 1:42 showing on the clock, sending the Maize and Blue to the locker room with a 52-18 lead.

U-M shot 60.5 percent (23-for-38) from the floor in the first half, compared to 23.8 percent (5-for-21) for AMW France. Turnovers loomed large for AMW, with the Wolverines forcing 16 for 23 U-M points.

Michigan was just as efficient in the second half, shooting 60 percent (18-for-30) from the floor and 50 percent (5-for-10) from behind the arc. Every Wolverine scored in the second half, led by Elmblad and Thompson with nine points each.

AMW France scored the first five points of the second half to cut the U-M lead to 29 (52-23) but the Wolverines rattled off 17 straight points to end the threat. During the run, which lasted 3:45 and ended with the Maize and Blue leading by 46 (69-23), Thompson hit a pair of trey's and four other Wolverines scored to essentially put the game out of reach.

In the fourth quarter, Michigan took its largest lead of the contest, 68 points, on the game's final basket to win 102-34.

Michigan plays its second game of its European tour on Saturday (Aug. 24) in Lake Como, Italy. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. Central European Time.


• The game was played in 10 minute quarters, per FIBA rules. After the fifth foul of the quarter, teams were awarded two free throws.

• Michigan's starters were Madison Ristovski, Siera Thompson, Kendra Seto, Nicole Elmblad and Shannon Smith.

• U-M wore its blue uniforms for the contest.

• Michigan only trailed once in the contest as AMW France scored first. U-M took the lead at 8:28 remaining in the first and never trailed again.

• It was the first time in uniform for Kelsey Mitchell, Siera Thompson, Shannon Smith, Paige Rakers and Danielle Williams.


Michigan Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico
On the game as a whole ... "I was really happy with effort that we played with and the chemistry that we have. Anytime you have four new players and four players coming off ACL injuries, you are going to have an inexperienced group that really hasn't played together. You never know what you are going to get but I thought we were very unselfish and shared the ball well. We made the right decisions and the right plays. Sometimes, I thought we overpassed. We played hard and did a solid job defensively. I thought our four new kids really contributed in their first game."

On how to stay focused with a large lead ... "Well, we did not come out ready to go in the second half. Kids will be kids and lose their focus with a significant lead. We have been working on that in practice situations and have lose some leads late, so we need to work on getting better at putting people away. We are making a conscious effort with it, and I thought we did that after the first few minutes of the third quarter."

On the team's effort ... "I was impressed they were able to come and go as hard as they did with the amount of traveling we have done in the past few days. I thought their legs would be more tired. They were able to make adjustments and played really hard."

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