Michigan Wins WNIT Championship

Michigan won the eighth postseason women's basketball championship by a current Big Ten school and the conference's fifth WNIT title.

April 1, 2017


DETROIT -- 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. The Wolverines are the eighth Big Ten women's basketball program to win a postseason title and the fifth current conference school to earn a WNIT crown, joining Penn State (1998), Wisconsin (2000), Ohio State (2001) and Rutgers (2014).

Michigan (28-9) is the 20th different champion in the 20-year history of the tournament in what was the first triple-overtime game in program history. It was also the first 3OT game featuring a Big Ten school since Feb. 27, 2016, when Michigan State edged Ohio State, 107-105, in East Lansing.

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, and the sixth Big Ten women's basketball student this season to hit the milestone.

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.

Story courtesy of Associated Press with additional information provided by the Big Ten