Ann Arbor, Mich. — Katelynn Flaherty scored 36 points, making nine 3-pointers, and No. 21 Michigan snapped a two-game skid with an 84-63 victory over Northwestern on Thursday night.
Flaherty made five 3-pointers in scoring 15 points in the second quarter when the Wolverines (20-6, 9-4) outscored the Wildcats 22-9 to take a 40-24 halftime lead.
Northwestern got within eight for 38 seconds early in the fourth quarter before Hallie Thome scored five straight points to re-establish the double-digit lead.
Flaherty, who made 9 of 16 from behind the arc, was two points shy and one 3-pointer shy of career highs. Thome added 25 points and Jullian Dunston grabbed 12 rebounds to surpass 800 career rebounds. Michigan has posted its seventh straight 20-win season, a school record.
Jordan Hamilton had four 3-pointers and 21 points for Northwestern (9-16, 2-9), which has lost six straight. Lindsey Pulliam added 13 points.
More state women
(At) No. 10 Maryland 76, Michigan State 68: Kaila Charles had 19 points and 11 rebounds as Maryland (21-3, 10-1 Big Ten) won its sixth straight and avenged an 82-68 home loss to Michigan State on Jan. 11.
Stephanie Jones and Kristen Confoy each had 14 points, and Channise Lewis and Eleanna Christinaki added 11 each.
Victoria Gaines led Michigan State (14-11, 4-8) with 15 points, and Taya Reimer had 15.
(At) Wright State 85, Detroit Mercy 55: Emily Vogelpohl scored 18 and Chelsea Welch 17 for Wright State (17-8, 8-5 Horizon). Lexey Tobel scored 13 and Zoey Otis 11 for Detroit Mercy (1-22, 1-11).
(At) Northern Kentucky 66, Oakland 59: Molly Glick scored 19 and Samari Morbray and Taryn Taugher 10 each for Northern Kentucky (7-17, 5-8 Horizon). Sha’Keya Graves scored 18 and Taylor Gleason 14 for Oakland (11-12, 4-8).
(At) Grand Valley 71, Wayne State 41: Jenn DeBoer scored 16 and Natalie Koenig 12 for Grand Valley (19-4, 12-3 GLIAC). Shannon Wilson scored 12 for Wayne State (15-6, 10-5).
Wayne State 66, (at) Grand Valley 60: Chuck Key scored 22, Ronald Booth 14 and George Spencer 13 for Wayne State (12-8, 10-5 GLIAC). Jake Van Tubbergen scored 14 for Grand Valley (11-12).
(At) No. 21 North Carolina 82, No. 9 Duke 78: Joel Berry II scored 21 points and No. 21 North Carolina rallied from 12 down in the first half. Kenny Williams made six 3-pointers and matched his career high with 20 points for the Tar Heels (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who roared out of halftime with a 16-2 run that erased what was left of Duke’s early lead.
Cameron Johnson added 18 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Tar Heels overcome the Blue Devils’ significant size advantage to own the glass (28-17) after halftime.
North Carolina led by as many as 10 and saw Duke get to within 74-71 late, but the Tar Heels did just enough to hang on. Theo Pinson punctuated the win with a dunk off the press break with 11.1 seconds left to seal it.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 16 points to lead the Blue Devils (19-5, 7-4), who have lost two straight.
(At) No. 16 Clemson 72, Pittsburgh 48: Gabe DeVoe matched his career high with 25 points. DeVoe was 7 for 11 from 3-point range. Shelton Mitchell made three 3s on his way to 12 points, and Elijah Thomas had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (20-4, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Clemson led 32-22 at halftime and then put Pitt away with an impressive stretch on offense. The Tigers scored on nine of their first 10 second-half possessions.
Mitchell hit back-to-back 3s to make it 56-28 with 14:21 left. Clemson shot 12 for 27 from beyond the arc.
Terrell Brown led Pitt with 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting. No other Panther made more than two shots.
Pitt (8-17, 0-12) shot 39.1 percent (18 for 46) from the field. It also committed 15 turnovers, leading to 22 points for Clemson.