MICHIGAN 75, GEORGE MASON 61
Ann Arbor, MI – A fast-paced opening quarter from Michigan gave the fans in the Crisler Center what they were looking for. While George Mason hung around for the majority of the game, the Wolverine’s rebounding prowess and solid late free-throw shooting gave them the victory, 75-61, a nice way to begin the season after hoisting the 2017 Postseason WNIT Banner.
The Patriots relied heavily on the three-pointer all night long. After starting 0-7 from beyond the arc, a quick 3-4 spurt gave them the lead. Despite Nicole Cardano-Hillary’s 22 points and two assists, George Mason couldn’t quite get over the hump after losing the lead in the second quarter.
Katelynn Flaherty came through with a monstrous performance, racking up 29 points, six rebounds and five assists. Nicole Munger and Hallie Thome also finished in double figures with 14 and 15 points, respectively. In the end, it was Michigan’s 54-26 rebounding margin and 18-21 (86%) shooting from the charity stripe that ensured the Wolverine's spot in the second round.
George Mason will go on to play in the Consolation Rounds which are set to begin November 17-18. Details on the Consolation Bracket will be released Saturday, November 11.
Michigan will move on to face Liberty in Round Two. The matchup is set for Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m. ET at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.