Flaherty, No. 19 Michigan women steamroll Illinois 86-42
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Katelynn Flaherty scored 27 points, Hailey Brown and Hallie Thome had double-doubles and No. 19 Michigan continued the best start in school history with an 86-42 win over Illinois on Saturday night.
Brown had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Thome had 13 points and 11 rebounds to give the Wolverines (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten) two players with double-doubles in the same game since November of 2014. Nicole Munger added 14 points.
After the Illini (9-12, 0-7) scored the first five points of the game, Michigan went on a 21-2 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Flaherty, who was 5 of 8 behind the arc. It was 24-12 after one quarter and 37-24 at the half before a 17-2 burst to open the third quarter.
Michigan made 9 of 17 3s and 33 of 66 overall plus 11 of 14 free throws.
Illinois was 18 of 26 (27 percent), 5 of 21 behind the arc and 1 of 3 from the line. Also, 21 turnovers led to 31 Michigan points.