What You Need to Know
» Michigan never trailed in the contest and had four players score in double figures in U-M’s first-ever win over Maryland in program history.
» Katelynn Flaherty and Akienreh Johnson each scored 17 points, with Nicole Munger going for 15 and Hallie Thome chipping in 13.
» With the win, Michigan picked up its 10th Big Ten win. It is the seventh time in program history that U-M has recorded double-digit Big Ten wins.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 71, #13 Maryland 65
Records: U-M (21-8, 10-6 B1G), UMD (22-6, 11-4 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sun., March 1-4 — at Big Ten Tournament (Indianapolis, Ind.), TBD
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan women’s basketball team never trailed, and got back-to-back three-pointers from senior Katelynn Flaherty and Akienreh Johnson in the final two minutes to seal a 71-65 win over No. 13-ranked Maryland on Thursday (Feb. 22) inside Crisler Center.
With Michigan’s lead cut to one point with 3:27 remaining, Flaherty knocked down a triple to beat the shot clock with 2:35 left to nudge Michigan’s lead back to four (63-59). After Maryland hit a pair of
free throws, Michigan came back down and got a left-wing triple from Johnson with 1:43 on the clock, giving Michigan a 66-61 lead.
The Terps scored on their next possession, keeping it a one-possession game with 57 seconds left. Michigan called timeout with 33 seconds left on the clock and eight ticks on the shot clock, and got a driving layup from junior Nicole Munger with 28 seconds left to extend Michigan’s lead back to five.
Munger went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 11 seconds, sealing Michigan’s first win over Maryland.
U-M had four players score in double figures, led by 17 each from Flaherty and Johnson. Munger went for 15 points, with junior Hallie Thome turning in 13 points. The foursome accounted for 62 of Michigan’s 71 points. Senior Jillian Dunston had five points, seven boards and two assists in her final home game at Crisler.
Michigan raced out to 8-2 lead on a triple from Munger, three points from Dunston and a layup from Munger in the opening minutes of the game. Michigan’s lead was extended to 11-4 on a Flaherty triple at the top of the key to beat the shot clock The Wolverines kept it going, manufacturing an 8-0 run to take a 21-10 lead on a layup from Johnson with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter.
The Wolverines extended their lead to as many as 12 points in the second period, but Maryland ended the frame on a 15-5 run, sending Michigan to the locker room with a 35-33 advantage.
Michigan entered the fourth quarter up by three, 50-47, and started the frame on a 6-2 run for a 56-49 lead off a Thome layup from Dunston with 7:25 to go. Maryland came back with six straight points, cutting U-M’s lead to one point (56-55) with 5:06 to go.
It remained a one-possession game over the next several minutes until Flaherty knocked down the first of two straight Michigan triples at the 2:35 mark to set up the final sequence.
Michigan, which finished the Big Ten season at 10-6, will now await its seed for the Big Ten Tournament, which takes place Thursday through Sunday, March 1-4, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.