Wolverines Finish Foreign Tour with Perfect 3-0 Record

Aug 27, 2013

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Site: Rome, Italy (Arena Altero Felici)
Score: Michigan 117, Stella Azzurra 15
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 1 -- vs. Wayne State - exhibition (Crisler Center), 7 p.m.

ROME, Italy -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team used stifling defense and allowed just five points after the second quarter to end its 2013 foreign tour undefeated with a 117-15 win over Stella Azzurra on Tuesday (Aug. 27) at Arena Altero Felici.

Michigan held Stella Azzurra to just one point in the second half, a free throw in the third quarter. The Maize and Blue scored 58 points on 65.8 percent shooting (25-for-38) in the second half, turning a 45-point halftime lead into a 102-point victory. Seven Wolverines finished in double figures, led by junior Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle), who scored 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Sophomore forward Kelsey Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) turned in her second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench, with junior forward Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) and junior guard Shannon Smith (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview {Trinity Valley C.C.}) each scoring 14. Rounding out Michigan's double-digit scorers were senior forward Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) and freshman guard Paige Rakers (Carlyle, Ill./Carlye) each scoring 12 and sophomore Madison Ristovski (Sterling Heights, Mich./University Liggett) going for 10 points.

U-M scored the first 10 points of the contest, holding Stella without a point for the first 3:27 of the contest. After hitting a three-pointer at the 5:57 mark of the first half, Stella Azzurra cut Michigan's lead to seven points (14-7), but it was as close as the home team got the rest of the way.

Michigan hit the break with a 59-14 lead, relying on 51.1 percent (24-for-47) shooting while holding Stella Azzurra to 30 percent (6-for-20) shooting. Elmblad led the way with 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting, with Goree chipping in 12 points. U-M hit the glass hard in the first 20 minutes, out-rebounding its opponent by 28 (34-6).

Stella Azzurra managed just one point in the second half, going 0-for-16 from the floor while committing 22 turnovers. Michigan hit the gas pedal in the second and relied on its bench, with 37 of its 58 points coming from bench players.

This game concluded Michigan's 2013 foreign tour, which featured games in Paris, Como and Rome. In addition to the three contests, the Wolverines were awarded 10 extra practices as part of the foreign trip.

U-M will open the 2013-14 season with an exhibition contest against Wayne State on Nov. 1 and the regular season at a tournament at Iona Nov. 8 and 9.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423

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