Ann Arbor, MI – The University of Michigan women wasted no time getting into attack mode for the Postseason WNIT, jumping out to a 10-0 lead Wednesday against Cleveland State and cruising to a victory to advance to Round 2.
Cyesha Goree, a 6-3 senior forward, finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for the Wolverines (17-14), who will face Toledo or Wright State in Round 2. Madison Ristovski, who averaged 5.0 points per game in the regular season, had 15 points for Michigan; Nicole Elmblad chipped in with 11 rebounds.
Michigan held the Vikings (19-13) to 26 percent shooting from the field in the first half, building a lead through aggressive defense and 10 points from Goree. The second half was more of the same, with the Wolverines holding their largest lead with 11:11 to go, 56-29, after a jumper from Siera Thompson.
Cleveland State was paced by 15 points and eight rebounds from Cori Coleman and finished far below its scoring average of 71 points per game. The Vikings were just 17-of-52 from the field (32.7 percent).