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2016 Las Vegas NHRA event winner Alexis DeJoria ready to defend crown despite slow start to season

Alexis DeJoria 2017 car (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRA)

 

Alexis DeJoria (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRA)

DEFENDING FUNNY CAR EVENT WINNER ALEXIS DEJORIA DETERMINED TO OVERCOME RECENT ADVERSITY AT DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA NATIONALS

 

LAS VEGAS – If anything, Alexis DeJoria knows how to overcome adversity, which is why she is not about to let a slow start to her 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season bring her down.

 

DeJoria has suffered three straight first-round losses to open 2017 in her 10,000-horsepower Tequila Patron Toyota Camry, but there are a number of signs pointing to a turnaround. DeJoria has showed strong consistency following last season’s injuries, a fractured pelvis and then a late-season concussion caused the Funny Car standout to miss three events at the end of 2016. She also enters this weekend’s 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the defending event champion, giving her added momentum.

 

“We’ve been trying to build consistency more than anything,” DeJoria said. “No, we haven’t won any races or even rounds as of yet, but we’re building on something greater and that’s a consistent race car. We can set it up to go fast, but we want to get to that point where we’re able to be the quickest at any moment. Testing has gone really well and I believe right now we’re on the brink of doing something very great. What gives me great confidence is the fact that my car is going down the race track every time. That kind of confidence for a driver is priceless.”

 

Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were also last year’s winners of the event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including three hours of live finals coverage starting at 6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. It is the fourth of 24 races during the 2017, and the first of two annual stops in Las Vegas, where DeJoria has performed well at the spring event in recent years.

 

She also won the 2014 race, giving DeJoria half of her career victories at the first-class facility. Even after last year’s unfortunate turn of events, where she suffered a concussion after her struck a retaining wall during qualifying at the fall race, DeJoria feels comfortable in Vegas.

 

“We know that we’ve had success at this track before,” said DeJoria, who finished 10th in Funny Car points a season ago and qualified for her third straight Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. “It seems to be our track, regardless of what happened in the fall during the Toyota Nationals. We have really good history here. We’ll build on that. There’s a comfort level going back to a track where you know you’ve done well.”

 

DeJoria and her team, led by crew chiefs Tommy DeLago and Nicky Boninfante, will face off against a host of Funny Car standouts, including points leader Matt Hagan, who has two wins in 2017, Gainesville winner John Force and defending world champion Ron Capps. But DeJoria’s confidence comes from being part of a Kalitta Motorsports team that includes J.R. Todd, who is making his Funny Car debut in 2017, rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. and veteran standout Doug Kalitta.

 

“We truly are a family and a huge support system for each other,” DeJoria said. “When one of our teams goes out early, everyone from that team is on the starting line supporting the other Kalitta cars. We’re all there for each other, supporting each other every step of the way, especially this year with J.R. starting his Funny Car career and Troy Jr. in a Top Fuel dragster for the first time. J.R.’s got me and Del (Worsham). Even though he’s no longer part of Kalitta Motorsports, we still consider Del a teammate. J.R. has done an incredible job so far and the transition has been great.”

 

Antron Brown’s second straight Top Fuel world championship included a victory in Vegas last year, but he’ll have to deal with teammates Leah Pritchett, who has two wins and the points lead this season, and Gainesville winner Tony Schumacher.

 

Jason Line’s dominant start to last season in Pro Stock included a victory and ended with a world title. The event also features the highly-anticipated K&N Horsepower Challenge for eight top Pro Stock drivers. Greg Anderson is the defending winner, earning a $50,000 paycheck last year.

 

The event also features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. After Nitro qualifying, fans can watch the spectacular Muy Caliente Racing jet dragsters sponsored by Lucas Oil. Jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines with exciting pre-run flame shows.

 

As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers with an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

 

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

 

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, April 1, at 1:20 and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for noon on Sunday, April 2.

 

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

 

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DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA NATIONALS

 

WHAT: The 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, the fourth of 24 events in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock – earn points leading to 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. The race also will feature competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series.

 

WHERE: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas. Track is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown Las Vegas off Interstate 15.

 

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 1

 

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, March 31 -

 

LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, April 1- LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1:40 and 4:05 p.m.

K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE at 1:30, 4 and 5 p.m.

 
SUNDAY, April 2 - Pre-race ceremonies, 11:15 a.m.

MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at noon

 

TELEVISION: SUNDAY, April 2, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 6 p.m. (ET)
 
2016 EVENT WINNERS:

 

 

Antron Brown, Top Fuel; Alexis DeJoria, Funny Car; Jason Line, Pro Stock; Anderson, K&N Horsepower Challenge.

 

MOST VICTORIES: John Force, 6, FC: Larry Dixon, 4, TF; Tony Schumacher, 4, TF; Antron Brown, 3, TF: Robert Hight, 3, FC; Greg Anderson, 3, PS; Jeg Coughlin, 3, PS; Kenny Bernstein, 2, TF; John Force, 2, FC; Cruz Pedregon, 2, FC; Mike Edwards, 2, PS; Erica Enders, 2, PS; Allen Johnson, 2, PS.
MOST K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE VICTORIES:

 

Greg Anderson, 5; Kurt Johnson, 4; Jeg Coughlin, 3; Bob Glidden, 3; Warren Johnson, 3; Larry Morgan, 3; Bruce Allen, 2; Erica Enders, 2; Allen Johnson, 2; Jim Yates, 2

TRACK RECORDS: Top Fuel – 3.689 sec. by Steve Torrence, Oct. ’16 and 332.67 mph by Shawn Langdon, Oct. ’15.

Funny Car – 3.871 sec. by Jack Beckman, Oct. ’16 and 331.94 mph by John Force, Oct. ’16.

Pro Stock – 6.559 sec. and 210.28 mph by Erica Enders, Oct. ’15.

NATIONAL RECORDS: Top Fuel – 3.658 sec. by Leah Pritchett, Feb. ‘17, Phoenix; 332.75 mph by Spencer Massey, Aug. ’15, Brainerd, Minn.

Funny Car – 3.822 by Matt Hagan, Aug. ’16, Brainerd, Minn.; 335.57 mph by Hagan, May ’16, Topeka, Kan.

Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ’14, Englishtown N.J.

 

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 644-4444. Tickets also available online at www.lvms.com/tickets.

 

 

RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Sara Slaughter; COURTESY NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

Blue Jackets go for 50th win vs. always-tough Carolina at PNC Arena in Raleigh; game time 7 pm

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS ROAD GAMEDAY

 

Mar. 30, 2017  ||  Blue Jackets at Hurricanes  ||  PNC Arena  ||  7:00 pm ET

MEDIA INFORMATION

Blue Jackets Broadcast Information
Television: FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer/Jody Shelley)
Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott)

GAME INFORMATION

The Matchup
Columbus: 49-19-7  (105 pts.)  || 21-9-6  (48 pts.) on Road  || 2nd Metropolitan  || 3.11 GF / 2.27 GA
Carolina: 34-27-14 (82 pts)  || 22-10-5 (49 pts.) at Home  || 6th Metropolitan  || 2.64 GF / 2.77 GA
All-Time Series
Columbus: 14-13-2 (7-7-1 on Road)
2016-17: Jan. 10 – at CAR 5, CBJ 3… Jan. 17 – at CBJ 4, CAR 1… Jan. 21 – at CBJ 3, CAR 2… Mar. 30 at Carolina
2015-16: Jan. 8 – at CAR 4, CBJ 1… Jan. 9 – CAR 4, at CBJ 3 (OT)… Mar. 24 – CAR 3, at CBJ 2… Apr. 2 – CBJ 5, at CAR 1 

*  Winning team has scored at least three goals in 27-of-29 games in series including last 21-straight
*  Columbus owns both shutouts and hat tricks in the all-time series

NOTEWORTHY
*  The Jackets play their 18th of 19 back-to-back sets on Thursday/Friday and are 21-8-4 in back-to-back situations (12-4-1 in the first game)
*  The Blue Jackets are 10-3-1 in March, recording 10 wins in the month for the third time in club history (11-4-0 in Mar. 2015 and 10-2-4 in Mar. 2013).
*  Columbus ranks fifth in the NHL in goals for and second in goals against and second in goals scored in the 1st period (tied, 76) and goals against in the 1st (42)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Blue Jackets:
* 3 Seth Jones - Collected his 30th assist of the season on Tuesday (11-30-41) and his 35 even strength points are fourth-most among NHL defensemen
* 72 Sergei Bobrovksy - Leads the NHL in wins (51), GAA (1.97) and SV% (.935) and is 2nd-T in SO (7) and riding a 12-game point streak (10-0-2, 1.07 GAA, .968 SV% and 4 SOs)
Hurricanes:
* 20 Sebastian Aho - Forward is tied for fifth among NHL rookies in scoring with 23-24-47 in 75 games and has 3-6-9 in the past eight contests
* 53 Jeff Skinner - Leads the Hurriccanes in goals and points with 31-24-55 and has 7-5-12 in 18 career games vs. the Blue Jackets

PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. By Alexisrael, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEB BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

NHRA Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson getting ready for more success this weekend in Las Vegas

Greg Anderson 2017 car action photo (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRA)

 

Greg Anderson 2017 (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRA)

 

FOUR-TIME PRO STOCK WORLD CHAMP GREG ANDERSON

 

LAS VEGAS – When it comes to betting favorites, it’s hard to do much better than Greg Anderson at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The four-time Pro Stock world champion has posted seven victories at the facility heading into this weekend’s 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, adding a K&N Horsepower Challenge win last year at the facility as well.

 

Even with those good vibes in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro and three straight final round appearances to open the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, Anderson knows those good times don’t come easily. After falling in the final round at the most recent event in Gainesville, that rings even more true for the 87-time event winner.

 

“We have something special there in Vegas, no doubt about it,” Anderson said. “But we had something special in Gainesville, too, and we should have come away with the Wally. The bottom line is you have to execute perfectly, no matter where you are. We’re going to a happy racetrack for KB Racing, and everybody will be smiling because we love racing in Ken Black’s hometown but we’re still going to have to perform, and none of us forget that. The competition is tough right now and anybody can win. If you don’t perform flawlessly, you will not win.”

 

Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including three hours of live finals coverage starting at 6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. It is the fourth of 24 races during the 2017 season, and the first of two annual stops in Las Vegas, where Anderson and longtime teammate Line have posted a combined nine victories.

 

Line took the victory last year, but the K&N Horsepower Challenge win was the fifth of Anderson’s standout career and meant a great deal to the Pro Stock veteran as well. The event, which takes place on Saturday, pits eight of the top Pro Stock drivers against each other to earn a $50,000 payday. Anderson will meet two-time winner Allen Johnson in the opening round, while other first-round matchups include Jason Line vs. Erica Enders, Bo Butner against Drew Skillman and Shane Gray matching up with Vincent Nobile.

 

“I love that K&N Horsepower Challenge race,” Anderson said. “It’s all about prestige and that fantastic trophy. I look forward to it all year long, and I missed it for two years and it killed me. Now that I’m back and qualified, I have a chance to win it again. I love it, and I can’t wait. It’s the biggest race of the year as far as I’m concerned.”

 

Anderson heads to Vegas with the points lead and a win at Phoenix, and is coming off a banner 2016 campaign that included eight wins and a second-place finish to Line. Despite his 2016 performance, Anderson is never one to stand pat and the focus remains on constant improvement, which is why he is anxious for this weekend and a chance to improve on the final-round loss to Shane Gray in Gainesville.

 

“We had some time between now and Gainesville to work and make our Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaros happier, and that’s good because Vegas is a big, big race,” Anderson said. “If you look at the landscape, it’s one of the biggest of the year because you have that chance to double-up and win twice in one weekend. There’s a lot on the line. We’ve had good karma there before, and we’re looking forward to getting there and parlaying that good karma into victory.”

 

Antron Brown’s second straight Top Fuel world championship included a victory in Vegas last year, but he’ll have to deal with teammates Leah Pritchett, who has two wins and the points lead this season, and Gainesville winner Tony Schumacher.

 

Alexis DeJoria’s Funny Car win was her second in three years at the track, but she’ll have to contend with two-time 2017 winner 2017 Matt Hagan, Gainesville winner John Force and defending world champ Ron Capps, a five-time Vegas winner.

 

The event also features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. After Nitro qualifying, fans can watch the spectacular Muy Caliente Racing jet dragsters sponsored by Lucas Oil. Jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines with exciting pre-run flame shows.

 

As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers with an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

 

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

 

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, April 1, at 1:20 and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for noon on Sunday, April 2.

 

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

 

 

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DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA NATIONALS

 

WHAT: The 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, the fourth of 24 events in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock – earn points leading to 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. The race also will feature competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series. 

 

WHERE: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas. Track is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown Las Vegas off Interstate 15. 

 

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 1 

 

SCHEDULE: 

FRIDAY, March 31 -

 

LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, April 1- LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations 

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1:40 and 4:05 p.m.

K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE at 1:30, 4 and 5 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 2 - Pre-race ceremonies, 11:15 a.m. 

MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at noon

 

TELEVISION: SUNDAY, April 2, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 6 p.m. (ET)
2016 EVENT WINNERS: 

 

 

Antron Brown, Top Fuel; Alexis DeJoria, Funny Car; Jason Line, Pro Stock; Anderson, K&N Horsepower Challenge.

 

MOST VICTORIES: John Force, 6, FC: Larry Dixon, 4, TF; Tony Schumacher, 4, TF; Antron Brown, 3, TF: Robert Hight, 3, FC; Greg Anderson, 3, PS; Jeg Coughlin, 3, PS; Kenny Bernstein, 2, TF; John Force, 2, FC; Cruz Pedregon, 2, FC; Mike Edwards, 2, PS; Erica Enders, 2, PS; Allen Johnson, 2, PS.
MOST K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE VICTORIES: 

 

Greg Anderson, 5; Kurt Johnson, 4; Jeg Coughlin, 3; Bob Glidden, 3; Warren Johnson, 3; Larry Morgan, 3; Bruce Allen, 2; Erica Enders, 2; Allen Johnson, 2; Jim Yates, 2

TRACK RECORDS: Top Fuel – 3.689 sec. by Steve Torrence, Oct. ’16 and 332.67 mph by Shawn Langdon, Oct. ’15. 

Funny Car – 3.871 sec. by Jack Beckman, Oct. ’16 and 331.94 mph by John Force, Oct. ’16.

Pro Stock – 6.559 sec. and 210.28 mph by Erica Enders, Oct. ’15.

NATIONAL RECORDS: Top Fuel – 3.658 sec. by Leah Pritchett, Feb. ‘17, Phoenix; 332.75 mph by Spencer Massey, Aug. ’15, Brainerd, Minn. 

Funny Car – 3.822 by Matt Hagan, Aug. ’16, Brainerd, Minn.; 335.57 mph by Hagan, May ’16, Topeka, Kan.

Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ’14, Englishtown N.J.

 

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 644-4444. Tickets also available online at www.lvms.com/tickets

 

 

RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Sara Slaughter; COURTESY NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

Good news Buckeyes fans! Women’s basketball star Kelsey Mitchell will return for senior year


Mitchell is the Buckeyes’ third all-time leading scorer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell will return for her senior season with the women’s basketball program.

 

Mitchell released the following statement:

 

“Getting a degree from The Ohio State University was one of my top goals when coming to college and I look forward to completing my degree next spring. My teammates and I also have a number of goals we have yet to accomplish on the court. One of those goals is to play in the Final Four and we have a tremendous opportunity to do that next year here in Columbus. I’m excited to get back in the gym with my teammates and continue to work to get better.”

Kelsey Mitchell

 

Mitchell is a three-time All-American and a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year. She is third on OSU’s all-time scoring list and fifth in Big Ten history. Mitchell is also the school and Big Ten’s all-time leader in career three-pointers made. She was eligible for this year’s WNBA draft based on her 22nd birthday being in 2017.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Gary Petit; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Michigan women’s basketball edges Villanova; advances to Saturday’s title game in WNIT vs. Georgia Tech

What You Need to Know

» U-M closed the third quarter on a 16-4 run after Villanova tied the game at 32-32 with 7:51 remaining. All 16 of Michigan’s points came in the paint during the run, with Hallie Thome scoring 10 of the points.
» Thome led the way for the Wolverines with 22 points, with Katelynn Flaherty chipping in 18 and Siera Thompson going for 12.
» Michigan will face Georgia Tech in the WNIT championship game on Saturday (April 1) at Detroit’s Callihan Hall.

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Event: WNIT (Semifinals)
Score: Michigan 65, Villanova 61
Records: U-M (27-9), Villanova (20-15)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 1 — vs. Georgia Tech (Detroit, Mich.), 3 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan women’s basketball team used a 16-4 run to close the third quarter before hanging on for a 65-61 win over Villanova in the semifinals of the WNIT on Wednesday (March 29) inside Crisler Center. With the win, U-M advanced to the first postseason tournament championship game in school history.

Michigan will square off against Georgia Tech in the WNIT final on Saturday (April 1) at Callihan Hall on the University of Detroit campus. Tip is set for 3 p.m., and the game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Fans can call the Detroit Ticket Office for tickets at 313-993-1700.

Sophomore Hallie Thome led the way for the Maize and Blue against Villanova, turning in a game-high 22 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks in 34 minutes of action. Junior Katelynn Flaherty went for 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while senior Siera Thompson chipped in 12 points and five assists in all 40 minutes. Junior Jillian Dunston just missed a double-double, recording eight points and 10 boards as U-M won the battle on the glass, 40-33.

Villanova tied the score at 32 in the early moments of the third quarter, but Michigan responded with six straight points courtesy of Flaherty, Thome and Dunston to take a 38-32 lead with 6:29 left in the period.

Neither team scored for several minutes, but Thome broke that spell with a layup for a 40-32 lead with 4:02 left. Michigan forced a turnover on the ensuing Villanova possession, with sophomore Nicole Munger cashing in for a 42-32 lead. Michigan once again found Thome for a layup, pushing its lead back to 10, 44-34, which resulted in a Villanova timeout with 2:07 left in the period.

Flaherty found Thome for a layup right before the third quarter ended as U-M closed the period on a 16-4 run to enter the fourth quarter with a 48-36 lead.

The Wolverines got layups from Thome and Dunston to begin the fourth quarter, grabbing a 52-36 lead with 8:58 to go.

Villanova answered with a 13-2 run, forcing Michigan to take a timeout at the 5:06 mark with its lead down to five, 54-49.

Thome converted a three-point play on Michigan’s possession out of the timeout, but Villanova once again answered with a triple of its own.

Flaherty hit a three from the top of the key and Thompson beat the shot clock with a long two to push Michigan’s lead back to 10, 62-52, with 2:45 left.

The Wildcats answered again with five quick points to cut the lead in half, 62-57, but Michigan made the stops it needed down the stretch and got three points from Flaherty and Thompson at the line to secure the win.

Michigan led by as many as six points in the first quarter but hit the break with a 29-26 lead as Villanova outscored the Wolverines, 15-11, in the second quarter.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Sarah VanMetre; COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

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