Hailey Brown and Hallie Thome each scored 11 points and No. 24 Michigan overcame a slow start to get past Kent State for a 54-41 win Sunday.
Michigan (8-2) got the first bucket of the game, a quick layup from Brown, but then went scoreless until the end of the first quarter when Kayla Robbins sank a 3-pointer to cut the gap to 12-5.
Kent State's Alexa Golden responded with a 3 to stretch the margin back to double figures as the opening quarter ended but then the Wolverines dug in, erasing the deficit with a 14-4 second quarter to tie it at 19 at halftime, and broke away at the end of the third with a 7-0 spurt to go up 38-28 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
Thome and Deja Church each went 2 for 2 from the line during the late third-quarter run, which was capped with Nicole Munger's 3-pointer to give Michigan a double-digit advantage it protected the rest of the way.
Munger finished with 10 points and Jillian Dunston had seven rebounds to go with five assists for the Wolverines.
Kent State (6-5) got 15 points from Golden and Jordan Korinek had 10.