March 11, 1999
KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's women's basketball team lost, 73-64, to the University of Michigan in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. A record crowd of more than 2,500 attended the first-ever WNIT contest hosted by WMU, at University Arena, March 11.
Michigan led, 41-25, at the half and by as many as 19 points in the second half. The Broncos were able to close the lead to three points late in the second half before Michigan pulled ahead for a nine-point victory.
The crowd of 2,572 fans was the most for a WMU women's basketball game, eclipsing a record of 2,200 set 10 years ago.
Shelsea Erving led the Broncos with 20 points. Senior Kelly DeLong added 13 points, including three of five from three-point range. Senior Star Harris led all players with 13 rebounds and contributed seven points. Brooke Gallert had nine points, and twin sister Brianne had seven.
For the game, Michigan out-shot WMU .484 (30-62) to .313 (21-67) from the field. The Wolverines also held a slight advantage in rebounds, 43-42.
WMU concludes its season with a 19-10 overall record.
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