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DETROIT (AP) — Katelynn Flaherty scored 22 of her 26 points in the first half and No. 24 Michigan cruised by Detroit Mercy 86-50 on Monday night at Calihan Hall.
Michigan won the 2017 WNIT title, 89-79 in three overtimes, on the same court.
Michigan trailed 17-7 midway through the first quarter but took over in the second by outscoring Mercy 27-8 for a 19-point halftime lead. The Wolverines opened the third on a 10-0 run, with four points from Hallie Thome, for a 57-28 lead. It was 70-40 entering the fourth.
Nicole Munger added 13 points, Deja Church had 12 and Thome finished with 11 for Michigan (6-2). Jillian Dunston had 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Wolverines controlled the glass 47-25.
Flaherty was 10-of-15 shooting in the opening 20 minutes as the Wolverines shot 60 percent. She finished 12 of 19.
Lexey Tobel scored 14 points and Brittney Jackson added 10 for Detroit Mercy (0-7). Former Wolverine Madison Ristovski (2013-16) is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Titans.
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