WBB headed to WNIT Championship Game

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 29th, 2017 at 8:52 PM

For the first time ever, Michigan Women's Basketball will play for a chance to hang their first banner in Crisler Center and win their first championship.

Michigan took on Villanova tonight in the WNIT Semifinals.

Michigan led for most of the game with Villanova going on a large run of 13-2 late to make the score look closer, but this one was never in any doubt.

Katelynn Flaherty didn't have a great game but Hallie Thome stepped up and had 22 points and was 10-16 from the field.

Michigan took it, 65-61.

Michigan moves on to the WNIT Championship for the first time ever.

The Wolverines (27-9) will take on Georgia Tech (22-14). 

Michigan destroyed Georgia Tech by 40 back on 12/1 in the B1G/ACC Challenge. 92-52 at GT.

Being that Crisler Center is in use on Saturday and Michigan has earned the right to host, the WNIT Championship will be played at Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit.

The game will be on Saturday at 3pm and broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. 

Comments

Raoul

March 29th, 2017 at 10:05 PM ^

A more cynical way of looking at this is that all this shows is a continuation of the regular season: the team consistently beating mediocre opponents (with the advantage of every game in the WNIT played at home).

Everyone loves to criticize selection committees, but they left Michigan out because the team didn't beat any of the better teams on their schedule (0 top-50 RPI wins) and because the Big Ten was so lousy this season. And the performance of the Big Ten in the NCAA tourney justifies this thinking. Not one conference team made it to the Elite 8, making the Big Ten the only Power 5 conference not to have any member get that far.

I've said this before, but this team had every opportunity to clinch a bid, and they failed.

lhglrkwg

March 29th, 2017 at 10:23 PM ^

No, I think the message is that Michigan needs to build a better schedule for the WBB team now. This team seems good enough for the NCAAs but apparently played a schedule that would make a mid-major blush. KBB seems to have the team at a spot where they can play tougher teams now and we should schedule like it or we have no room to whine about being left out

Team 101

March 29th, 2017 at 9:59 PM ^

The game was in doubt until there were about 10 seconds left. Villanova fought hard to get back in it and we were fortunate to avoid a choke of Lou Henson proportions. There was a point in the fourth quarter where they made a run and KBA waited too long to use a timeout. I think she was waiting for the media timeout which was about a minute away. It was a big win for us in front of an energetic crowd. It will interesting to see if there is an atmosphere in Detroit on Saturday.

RoseInBlue

March 30th, 2017 at 8:25 AM ^

It was in doubt towards the end but it really shouldn't have been.  There were like 4 missed layups in a row on our end at the end of the 4th quarter.  Williams was left wide open on the wing in transition and took it in for the layup but came up short (she seemed shocked she was that wide open).  Then, Flaherty stutter stepped to freeze her defender and flew by her only to miss that layup.  Then, Thome got an assist open down low and missed.  And then I think Munger missed a layup as well.

That was the point when I was sure they were going Penn State this game away.  Especially when Thome got an OREB but then travelled to turn it over to Nova up 5.  But they were able to hold on with a few well-timed threes and hitting their free throws.

matty blue

March 30th, 2017 at 10:26 AM ^

glad to see them stick together - i know that the seniors were very disappointed to not get into the ncaa, and it would have been easy for them to come into this tournament and flame out...that, plus kysre taking a leave of absence?

great job by them, already looking forward to next season.

Raoul

March 30th, 2017 at 1:07 PM ^

They have Deja Church coming in as a freshman. She's fairly highly ranked although more of a combo guard. They could really use a pure point guard and are trying to add one late. The loss of Boogie Brozoski is really unfortunate; from what I've heard, she'd likely still be on the team if it weren't for Gondrezick's presence this season.

Solecismic

March 30th, 2017 at 4:56 PM ^

I don't doubt you, and this case is difficult to figure out without silly speculation, but can you share your sources or provide some specifics?

It seems so strange, given her parents and the influence of her sister, that she wouldn't be a solid team player. Yet Notre Dame didn't recruit her and she would have likely been an easy get for them.

It does sound likely she's done at Michigan. And I've liked women's basketball here going back to being a volunteer in high school and later knowing players in classes - so I'm their fan as much as I am with the men's team. So I'd like to know what happened.

Her skills are a good fit with this team - a potential point guard who can attack the basket, hit the three, and for a freshman, a damned good A/TO ratio. There's a lot of good defense to replace next year, but the core of next year's offense was set - and exceptional.

I'm glad that the seniors in particular have really stepped it up the last few games. A good send-off for them. I hope they win Saturday.

Raoul

March 30th, 2017 at 7:15 PM ^

I apologize for the vagueness, but I don't think it's appropriate to post the details. More than anything, I just wanted to inform people that she won't be back at Michigan. I have multiple sources on this, at least two of whom have connections to the team, so I'm confident they know what they're talking about.

ilah17

March 30th, 2017 at 12:22 PM ^

I'm excited to have it at Calihan. Of course I wish it could be at Crisler, but Calihan is fun. I took my son to the Detroit Mercy v EMU game at Calihan and we had a lot of fun. I'm sure Coach BA will be there! 

98xj

March 30th, 2017 at 8:01 PM ^

also losing 4 of 5 down the stretch in BT reg season. Had the chance to beat several teams just below us in the BT standings, and failed.