Florida Gulf Coast 71, Michigan 62
FORT MYERS – The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team moves past Michigan 71-62 in the WNIT semifinals in front of a program record 4,633 fans at Alico Arena.
FGCU will face South Dakota in the WNIT championship game, which is slated for Saturday, April 2 at 3 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The game will be played at the DakotaDome in front of a projected sold-out crowd of more than 7,000 Coyote fans.
Florida Gulf Coast hit 5 of 6 shots from the field in the final minutes and outscored Michigan 12-2 down the stretch after the Wolverines had taken a brief 60-59 lead with 2:47 left in the game.
The Eagles connected on 11 three-pointers and forced 14 Michigan turnovers. The Wolverines struggled from behind the arc going 4 of 17, but outrebounded FGCU, 45-25.
FGCU’s Stephanie Haas led all scorers with 20 points and teammate Kaneisha Atwater finished with 18 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Whitney Knight netted 17 points and dished out four assists.
Madison Ristovski paced Michigan with 19 points and six rebounds. Katelynn Flaherty struggled from the field hitting 5 of 15 shots to finish with 13 points on the night.
Tonight’s semifinal win over Michigan gives FGCU its 33rd victory of the season to set a new Division I program record for wins and extends the Eagles’ second-straight 30-win season.
FGCU is now 8-5 all-time in WNIT games with previous wins over Drexel, GW and USF and now Bethune-Cookman, Wake Forest, Tulane, Hofstra and Michigan. The Eagles will be making their first-ever appearance in the WNIT championship game.
For the second straight year, the Wolverines have been knocked out of the tournament in the semifinals. Last year, Michigan lost to eventual champions UCLA, 69-65, in Ann Arbor.