Friday's basketball: Michigan women rout San Diego State

Detroit News staff and wires
Georgia Southern forward Shawn O'Connell, right, fouls Minnesota center Reggie Lynch in the second half on Friday in Minneapolis.

Siera Thompson made her return to California on Friday, and the Michigan senior made the most of it.

Thompson, who is from Gardena, California, finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of her career as Michigan defeated San Diego State, 92-57.

“I am so happy that we get to come back to California,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Amico said. “(Thompson) has meant so much to our program.”

Katelynn Flaherty scored 21 and had seven assists for the Wolverines (8-2), who scored the game’s first 12 points and led by as many as 39. Freshman Kysre Gondrezick scored 18, Hallie Thorne 14, and freshman Akienreh Johnson 10.

Michigan plays at No. 9 UCLA on Sunday.

More state women

(At) Central Michigan 73, St Joseph’s (Pa.) 71 (OT): Presley Hudson’s layup as time expired won it for the Chippewas (7-3). Hudson scored 20, Jewel Cotton 15 and Cassie Breen 14.

(At) Eastern Michigan 75, St. Bonaventure 56: Micah Robinson scored 21, Sheyna Deans 16 and Phillis Webb 14 for the Eagles (4-5), who took command by outscoring the Bonnies, 23-7, in the fourth quarter.

Big Ten

(At) Minnesota 86, Georgia Southern 49: Dupree McBrayer scored 18 points and Akeem Springs added 16 off the bench to lead Minnesota over Georgia Southern on Friday night for the Gophers’ third straight win.

Minnesota (9-1) had a season-high 12 3-pointers and used an early second-half run to put the Eagles away after letting their overmatched opponents hang around earlier. The Gophers built an 18-point lead midway through the first half before failing to score a field goal in the final five minutes of the half.

Top 25 

(At) No. 10 Creighton 113, Longwood 58: Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas scored 16 points apiece, and Creighton led by 37 points at halftime on its way to a victory over Longwood.

Martin Krampelj had 11 points and Maurice Watson Jr., Toby Hegner and Isaiah Zierden added 10 apiece for the Bluejays (10-0) in their most lopsided win since beating Texas-Arlington 106-50 in November 2002.

“Obviously I liked the way we played tonight. Our efficiency offensively once again was off the charts,” coach Greg McDermott said.

Kansas player charged

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was charged with one count of battery Friday after he was accused of pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs.

The 20-year-old sophomore from Cleveland was taken into custody shortly after midnight, according to the district attorney’s office in Douglass County. Bragg allegedly struck the woman and pushed her during an argument.

Bragg pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor, which carries a fine and up to six months in jail if he is convicted. His next court date was scheduled for Dec. 27.

Kansas associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said the school is aware of the situation and “once we have the facts, we will act accordingly.” Marchiony did not say whether Bragg had been suspended. No. 3 Kansas (8-1) plays Nebraska today at Allen Fieldhouse.

“We’re still trying to gather as much information as we can,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in a statement. “I will not comment further until we are able to get information.”

Bragg has appeared in nine games with five starts, and is averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Slam dunks

St. John’s sophomore Yankuba Sima is transferring from the men’s basketball team.

The 6-foot-11 center started eight of 10 games this season and averaged 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds.

... Bill Menefee, who was Baylor men’s basketball coach and athletic director, died Thursday in Waco, Texas. He was 95.