Michigan women's basketball wins WNIT in 3OT thriller, 89-79
If you thought women’s college basketball was done thrilling us this weekend, think again.
Less than 24 hours after Mississippi State’s sensational Final Four upset of No. 1 UConn at the buzzer, Michigan was propelled to a WNIT title by a clutch shot from Katelynn Flaherty late in regulation against Georgia Tech. The Wolverines pulled away in triple overtime for the 89-79 victory in the longest game in program history. It was also the first postseason title in program history.
Read the AP recap below and box score here.
DETROIT (AP) Katelynn Flaherty hit four 3-pointers and scored 27 points, Hallie Thome added 25 points, and Michigan outlasted Georgia Tech 89-79 in three overtimes on Saturday for the WNIT championship.
Michigan (28-9) is the 20th different champion in the 20-year history of the tournament.
Siera Thompson added 13 points with eight assists for Michigan, which outscored Georgia Tech 13-3 in the third overtime. Flaherty became the second player in program history to reach 2,000 points.
Zaire O’Neil scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Georgia Tech (22-15) but she fouled out with 3:36 left in regulation. Elo Edeferioka added 11 points and 17 rebounds.
Michigan was down 67-61 late in regulation but Flaherty hit two deep 3-pointers – the last to tie it at 67-all with 10.2 to go. Edeferioka was fouled on a free-throw line jumper with 0.6 seconds left but the 71.4 percent free-throw shooter missed both.
In the first overtime, Georgia Tech’s Cha’Ron Sweeney knotted it at 70 with 1:04 to go on a 3-pointer in transition and she blocked a shot at the buzzer. Georgia Tech’s Francesca Pan forced the third overtime with a steal and fast-break layup to tie it at 76.
It was the first WNIT championship game to go to overtime.