Friday, May 29, 2020 - 7:13pm
Rising senior Marc Ybarra playing against Wright State University in the NCAA tournament last November.

Marc Ybarra demonstrated consistency on and off the field, a basis for his character.

Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 11:35am
University president Mark Schlissel cast doubt on a football season if there are no students on campus.

As colleges and conferences across the country move closer to resuming athletic activities, Michigan President Mark Schlissel is taking a much more measured approach.

“If there is no on-campus instruction then there won’t be intercollegiate athletics, at least for Michigan,” Schlissel said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 9:27am
Izabel Varejão left her home of Vitoria at age 14 to pursue basketball

Izabel Varejão left her home at the age of 14 to pursue basketball, bringing her all around the world and eventually to Ann Arbor.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:15pm
Senior guard Akienreh Johnson dribbles the ball against Northwestern.

Akienreh Johnson was sitting underneath the dryer in her hair salon when her phone rang. The name displayed on the screen was Kim Barnes Arico, Michigan’s coach. Immediately, she knew what the call was about — her petition to get a fifth year of eligibility from the NCAA had been granted.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 5:47pm
The Michigan women's basketball team answered a series of unnecessary questions throughout the season.

After 32 games and five months on a beat, you learn a lot about a team. What plays they run, what the rotation is, what their strengths and weaknesses are and even who the mom of the team is — senior guard Akienreh Johnson.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 7:20pm
Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico thought her team would get an NCAA Tournament bid this year.

This week in Michigan basketball is depressing. COVID-19 has forced the NCAA and Michigan to stop all athletic events for the rest of the year. There’s not much else to it, other than depressing. Seniors won’t see their season off the way they want to. Neither will coaches or fans or other players.

It brings a finality to the season that no one wanted, forcing us to reflect on an almost-done women’s basketball team far before anyone ever wanted.

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 8:00pm
Sophomore guard Danielle Rauch came back from breaking her hand in just four weeks.

Two-and-a-half weeks ago, Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico laughed as she held out her hand, pretending it was in an icebox. She was acting out sophomore guard Danielle Rauch’s squats as she tried to prevent her left hand from sweating while staying in shape.

Rauch broke her hand a day before Michigan’s Feb. 6 matchup against Purdue and missed the game because of her surgery that day.

Bones take six to eight weeks to heal.

Last Thursday against Nebraska, Rauch returned after just four.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 8:45pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan, for the second year in a row, stared down a chance to do something it had never done. No team, in the history of the program, has played in a Big Ten Tournament title game. For a program steeped in mediocrity, Saturday was an opportunity for the Wolverines to put their name down in history.

They gave it their best shot, but it hit the rim and bounced out.

Michigan (21-11 overall, 10-8 Big Ten) couldn’t buy a bucket, bowing out of the tournament in the semifinals for the second straight year, losing, 66-60, to Ohio State (21-11, 11-7).

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 11:33pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Danielle Rauch couldn’t keep the smile off her face. She stood, in the midst of a timeout huddle, one ear perched to listen to what Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. Other players hid their excitement behind stone faces, only occasionally letting a grin out.

Not the sophomore guard. She knew the game was over. Wrapped in maize and blue and tied with a bow, over.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:00pm
Freshman center Izabel Varejão scored 12 points against Nebraska.

INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan, up by four, faced a turning point. After a huge third quarter that turned a 10-point deficit into a six-point lead, Nebraska hit a pair of free throws to start the fourth quarter. The Wolverines needed an answer to hold onto the momentum.

Sophomore guard Amy Dilk’s pass was tipped as soon as it left her fingers, floating through the air into no man’s land. A turnover would be catastrophic in a game defined by momentum, but instead freshman guard Maddie Nolan found herself in the right spot, at the right time.