Behind an explosive first-half performance Tuesday night, Michigan jumped out to a 22-point lead at the break by outshooting, outrebounding and outhustling the Toreros.
On paper, Michigan is talented enough to advance to the WNIT Final Four and possibly run the table to hang a banner in Crisler Center.
Frustrated over a few missed baskets in the first half, Ristovski came into the locker room and inspired the Wolverines to keep playing.
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.