Wolverines Trounce Italian Team to Stay Perfect on Foreign Tour

Aug 24, 2013

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Site: Carugate, Italy
Score: Michigan 112, Italian All-Stars 37
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Aug. 27 -- Game Three (Rome, Italy), 7 p.m. Central European Time

CARUGATE, Italy -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team continued its winning ways on its 2013 foreign tour, defeating a team of Italian All-Stars, 112-37, on Saturday (Aug. 24).

All but one Wolverine scored in the contest, with freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) leading the way with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists. Junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) scored 19 points, sophomore Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./University Liggett) chipped in 13 and seniors Kendra Seto (Oshawa, Ontario/Eastdale C.V.I.) and Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) each chipped in 12. U-M grabbed 81 rebounds in contest, including 35 on the offensive end, led by sophomore Kelsey Mitchell 's (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) 14.

Michigan shot 53.2 percent (50-for-94) from the field in the contest compared to 22.2 percent (12-for-54) for the Italian team. The Wolverines were once again unselfish on the offensive end, assisting on 34 of their 50 field goals in the contest.

The Maize and Blue wasted no time from the beginning, jumping out to a 15-0 lead on the strength of six points from Driscoll, five from Thompson and four from Goree. The Italian team finally got on the board with 5:22 remaining in the quarter off a jump shot.

Michigan held a 21-point lead (31-10) after the first quarter, scoring all but five points in the paint in the first 10 minutes. The Wolverines' lead grew to as many as 35 in the second quarter, as Michigan hit the break with a 57-24 lead. For the half, U-M shot at a 47.2 percent clip (25-for-53), while the Italians managed just 25.8 percent (8-for-31) in the first.

Out of the halftime break, Michigan did not relent and scored the first 11 points of the third quarter for a 68-24 advantage. Playing multiple lineups and trying players at different positions, every Wolverine played at least 10 minutes in the contest. Michigan's lead increased all the way to 77 points en route to the 112-37 victory.

Michigan will conclude its 2013 foreign tour with a game on Tuesday (Aug. 27) in Rome.


• Michigan used the starting lineup of Danielle Williams, Val Driscoll, Shannon Smith, Kelsey Mitchell and Siera Thompson. It was the second starting lineup used by U-M on the foreign tour.

• Michigan's 81 rebounds easily eclipsed its season high during the 2012-13 season. Last year, Michigan's highest single-game total was 45 against Indiana on March 7.

• This was the first of two games in Italy for Michigan.

Kendra Seto turned in her first double-double of the foreign trip, scoring 12 points to go with 12 rebounds.

Danielle Williams was the only Wolverine held out of the scoring column but she contributed in other ways, recording seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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