Michigan had all the momentum in the world.
Michigan defeated Penn State, 89-69 in its first conference matchup of the season, and the outcome was never really in doubt.
Michigan gave up just four points in the second and third quarters, finishing its non-conference schedule with a flourish.
Since allowing a season-high 76 points to Marquette about two weeks ago, the Wolverines’ defense has been overpowering.
After a huge first quarter for the Wolverines, the score continued to climb, and they never let up.
It’s often challenging for freshmen athletes to adjust to the demands of college. It can be even more difficult when you are far from home.
But that hasn’t stopped forward Hailey Brown from excelling.
There’s a hypnotic quality to one team taking another and dominating it in such a complete sense that the game is over by the end of the first quarter and everyone in the building knows it.
Outside of the coaching staff, it’s rare to see any Wolverine standing, clapping or doing anything else other than sitting when it comes to the bench itself.
By the end of the day, Michigan recovered from a first-quarter deficit to notch a 54-41 victory over the Golden Flashes.
Thome thrived when the Wolverines lacked steadiness, and she prevented what could have been an upset.