Ann Arbor, Mich. – Katelynn Flaherty scored a game-high 34 points as the Michigan Wolverines defeated the USC Upstate women’s basketball team 119-61 in non-conference action Monday evening inside the Crisler Center.
Upstate falls to 4-2 on the season while Michigan improves to 4-0.
Raven Jefferson fell just one point shy of tying her career-high after leading the team with 19 points; finishing 6-of-7 from the field, 2-of-2 behind the three-point line and 5-of-5 at the charity stripe. Tamera Thorpe added 10 points and Brittany Starling contributed eight rebounds.
Flaherty was one of five Wolverines to score in double-figures after shooting 13-of-20 overall and 6-of-6 at the free throw line. She was joined by Boogie Brozoski (16), Siera Thompson (13), Madison Ristovski (11) and Hallie Thome (10). Thompson also finished with a team-high eight rebounds.
The Spartans trailed by just one possession for a majority of the opening five minutes of the first quarter. Upstate was down by one twice with the last coming at the 6:32 mark when a three by Jefferson put the score at 8-7. Leading 11-9, Michigan scored seven straight points to lead 18-9 with 3:47 left. The Wolverines finished the quarter on a 9-0 run, holding the Spartans scoreless for the final 2:36, to lead 29-13.
Michigan continued its run into the second quarter by stretching its advantage to 38-13 with 7:48 remaining after a jumper by Flaherty. Flaherty gave the Wolverines their largest lead of the quarter at the 4:55 mark when her field goal made the score 52-24. Jefferson got the Spartans to within 59-37 with 47 seconds left before halftime after recording eight straight points. Flaherty and Nicole Munger hit back-to-back three’s to send Michigan into intermission leading 65-37.
The Wolverines outscored Upstate 54-24 over the final two periods and led by at least 30 points throughout the third quarter. Michigan pushed its lead to 85-45 at the 3:10 mark on a layup by Thome. The Spartans answered back with the next five points on a basket by Kristen Dickerson and a three from Bailey Wensler to put the score at 85-50. The Wolverines led by as many as 41 in the quarter with 27 seconds to go on a field goal by Munger. Jefferson connected on a pair of late free throws to send the teams into the fourth quarter with Michigan leading 91-52.
The Wolverines took their largest lead of the game in the final seconds when Brozoski’s free throw put the final score at 119-61. DeNisha Swain recorded the final two points for Upstate at the free throw line to make the score 116-61 with 1:38 remaining.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 22-for-60 (36.7%) and were 7-for-15 from beyond the three-point line. Michigan was 45-of-75 overall for a 60.0% clip.
Upstate held a 19-13 advantage over the Wolverines in second chance points.
The Spartans conclude their three-game road trip Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. against UNC Asheville.