After securing a comeback victory over Iowa on Sunday, the Wolverines (19-5) have won four straight and remain undefeated at home (12-0). Michigan entered the AP top 25 on Monday for the first time since the 2012-13 season, slotting in at #21.
Sunday vs. Iowa
The Wolverines trailed the Iowa Hawkeyes through three quarters, entering the fourth quarter down 61-52 before mounting an impressive comeback. Michigan started out cold from the field, shooting only 34.4% in the first half. The Wolverines struggled to contain Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, allowing her to score 23 points and pull down 12 rebounds. Michigan’s struggles from the foul line (57.7%) and difficulty defending in the paint led to a 15 point deficit in the third quarter. Kysre Gondrezick and Nicole Munger led the comeback for the Wolverines. Gondrezick scored a career high 23 points and stuffed the stat sheet, with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 steals. With under a minute to play, Nicole Munger tipped the ball away from Iowa to Gondrezick in a half-court trap. Gondrezick then found Katelynn Flaherty on the fastbreak, and her layup gave the Wolverines a 69-68 lead. After Iowa responded with a second-chance bucket to retake the lead with 35 seconds remaining in the game, Munger drove baseline and finished through traffic, putting the Wolverines up 71-70 with 17 seconds remaining. Michigan came up with a defensive stop and were sent to the line twice, but missed three out of four free throws, extending their lead to 72-70. With only seconds left on the clock, the Wolverines were able to stop Gustafson at the rim and Michigan pulled out an exhilarating, come-from-behind victory, 72-70.
The Wolverines’ 19-5 start is the best record through 24 games in program history. KBA has promised a future of strong women’s basketball at the University of Michigan for players that buy into the program and her game plan. The team’s motto of “By Any Means” is paying off as they look for a fifth straight win when they face Purdue on the road Wednesday.
The Wolverines return home to Crisler on Sunday at 2 pm to take on Wisconsin for their Pink Game recognizing breast cancer survivorship.