The Wolverines overcame an off night from Katelynn Flaherty en route to a 95-72 win over Bucknell.
Saturday at 2 p.m. at Crisler Center, the Wolverines will host the Bison, who are coming into the second round fresh off an upset win over Akron, 74-70.
It has been a while since the Wolverines looked this good, but it has also been a while since they’ve played a team that knew this little about them.
After a lackluster first half in their WNIT opener Wednesday against Wright State, the Wolverines found their usual high scoring form and beat the Raiders handily, 81-53.
The Wolverines’ NCAA Tournament hopes were stifled again this year, leaving them to play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for the third straight year.
Michigan earned a spot in the 64-team field of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for the third year in a row.
Fouls have plagued Michigan all season, and Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament was no different.
The team has put together a strong enough season to earn a high seed in the WNIT, which potentially would allow them to host a handful of games.
As Michigan’s No. 1 defender, Thompson is often charged with shadowing the opponent’s biggest offensive threat.
The Wolverines trailed by just eight going into the fourth quarter, but 35-percent shooting in the last 10 minutes prevented them from crawling back.