Michigan turned a close contest into a blowout, outscoring Bucknell 33-14 in the fourth quarter to cruise to a 95-72 win Saturday at Crisler Center in the second round of the women’s National Invitation Tournament.
After taking a 62-58 lead into the final quarter, Michigan opened the fourth with a 5-0 spurt on a 3-pointer by Katelynn Flaherty and a Hallie Thome layup for a nine-point advantage.
The Wolverines (19-13) pulled away in the final four minutes, closing the game on a 14-3 run to advance to the third round for the third consecutive season.
Thome finished with 24 points on 11-for-15 shooting to lead four Wolverines in double figures. Siera Thompson scored 20, Madison Ristovski added 16 and Flaherty had 15 for Michigan, which shot 57.1 percent from the field.
Michigan will host the winner of San Diego-IUPUI at a date and time to be announced.
(At) TCU 85, Eastern Michigan 81: AJ Alix scored 23 and Veja Hamilton 18 for TCU (18-14). Chanise Baldwin scored 26 and Cha Sweeney 24 for Eastern, which finished 22-12.