Michigan Wins Women's NIT Championship In Wild 3OT Thriller
DETROIT (AP) — 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.
Michigan (28-9) is the 20th different champion in the 20-year history of the tournament.
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.
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.
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