Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 3:45pm

But now in her seventh season at the helm of the Michigan women’s basketball team (21-11 overall, 11-7 Big Ten), Barnes Arico can contextualize Auriemma’s sentiment. On Monday, the Wolverines got a tournament bid for the second straight year — but it hasn’t always been that way.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:42pm
Senior guard Nicole Munger hopes her team will be selected for a second consecutive NCAA tournament bid.

Heading into the previous selection shows, those Michigan teams each had 22 wins under their belts. This year’s group has 21, yet it’s in a better position to get a bid — and to actually do something with it — than past groups.

Why? Because this team is trending up.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 3:54pm

In their last time playing at Crisler Center, senior guard Nicole Munger and senior center Hallie Thome made a statement from the start for the Michigan women’s basketball team (11-7 Big Ten, 20-10 overall) in an eventual 59-49 win over Wisconsin.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:50pm
Freshman Naz Hillmon led the team with 20 points the last time they faced the Badgers.

“Nicole said at the end of the summer, ‘Coach, I think we have an opportunity to be Big Ten champs next year,’ ” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico. “And her and Hallie debated that and wavered that and went back and forth on that and they came to common ground that that’s gonna be our message for our team this season, and that’s gonna be our goal for our team this season. And they’ve kind of stuck with that.”

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:17pm
Senior guard Nicole Munger went 3-6 from beyond the arc to help propel Michigan past Rutgers.

A quick glance at Thursday’s stats shows the balance of this squad. Freshman forward Naz Hillmon led her team in scoring with 21 points, but Munger, senior center Hallie Thome and Church hit double figures too. And junior forward Kayla Robbins and sophomore forward Hailey Brown also played key roles.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 6:46pm
The Michigan women's basketball team earned its sixth-straight victory on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon in Champaign, Ill., two teams on very different trajectories crossed paths.

The Michigan women’s basketball team had won five consecutive games to make its case for the NCAA Tournament. On the other side, Illinois was on a downward spiral, losing 13 of its last 15 games.

And, despite flashes where it appeared that the Fighting Illini (2-13 Big Ten, 10-16 overall) might get the upset they needed, the Wolverines (9-6, 18-9) eventually pulled away with a 70-56 victory.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 8:50pm
Even without freshman guard Amy Dilk, Michigan women's basketball has been able to win its most recent games.

The Michigan women’s basketball team finally has some momentum it desperately needed.

Sunday’s win over Penn State was the team’s fourth-straight win and its second conference victory on the road. Prior to their victory over the Nittany Lions, the Wolverines (7-6 Big Ten, 16-9 overall) lost six out of nine games. So, things are trending up.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 8:59pm

Heading into the final frame, the Michigan women’s basketball team trailed Nebraska, 49-48. Two tense minutes went by with neither side able to find the nylon and break the silence.

The Cornhuskers (5-7 Big Ten, 10-13 overall) spoke first with a layup, but the Wolverines responded with a free throw from senior center Hallie Thome.

Then, more tension followed — in the form of over four more scoreless minutes — until freshman forward Naz Hillmon made her way to the line, making both shots to tie the game.

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 6:45pm
Freshman forward Naz Hillmon scored 20 points Sunday, notching 16-plus points for the fifth time in the last six games.

After its game against Iowa was moved a day back due to weather, the Michigan women’s basketball team had less than 48 hours to prepare for Wisconsin.

That proved to be enough time, as the Wolverines (14-9 overall, 5-6 Big Ten) defeated the Badgers (11-12, 2-9), 76-70, Sunday afternoon in Madison despite a slow start.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 10:01pm
The Michigan women's basketball team's NCAA Tournament hopes suffered a blow with a loss to Michigan State on Sunday.

Now, Michigan’s tournament hopes have suffered yet another deafening blow. Now, the Wolverines must think about adjusting if Munger’s injury is serious.

And now, they’ll think about what could have been if they’d won this game.