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Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 3:45pm
Playing in the home gym of No. 1 seed Louisville, the Michigan women's basketball team fell to the Cardinals in the NCAA Tournament.

And yet, despite its prep, Michigan was blitzed out of the gate. National Player of the Year candidate Asia Durr scored 12 quick points, and the Wolverines found themselves in a 19-4 hole before the game’s first media timeout. With each basket, the Cardinals’ lead — and cheers — only grew.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 4:16pm
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On Sunday afternoon, the Michigan women’s basketball team will take the floor as heavy underdogs against the Albany region’s top seed in Louisville, which has the luxury of hosting the game on its home floor.

While many might be quick to count the Wolverines out against one of the nation’s top teams, it’s a role that the team has learned to embrace over the course of the season.

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 4:12pm
Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico led her team to a win over Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

In the Michigan women’s basketball team’s (22-11) 84-54 win over Kansas State, that statement couldn’t have been more true, as it used two lengthy scoring spurts and stingy defense to defeat the Wildcats (21-12) and set up a date with top-seeded Lousiville on Sunday.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:08pm
Forward Hailey Brown looks to make an impact in her first NCAA tournament game after she missed last season's game for the Wolverines.

Even for a team that had exceeded expectations and broken a four-year drought from the NCAA Tournament, the loss was tough for many of the Wolverines. It was especially frustrating for then-freshman forward Hailey Brown, who at the time was nursing a season-ending ankle injury.

Watching her teammates battle against the Bears from the bench, Brown was forced to watch her team slowly succumb. An important contributor all year, she sat helplessly to the side, knowing she could have potentially made a difference.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:57pm
The Michigan women's basketball team awaits its fate for the NCAA Tournament.

The Michigan women’s basketball team (3-6 Big Ten, 21-11 overall) can rest a little easier than normal. After a loss to Michigan State dropped its Big Ten record to 3-6 and 12-9 overall, a tournament berth seemed like a pipe dream.
But following a white-hot February that saw the team go 6-1, the Wolverines are sitting pretty for a likely tournament berth and a resume that includes wins over conference stalwarts Iowa and Indiana and a neutral site victory over Missouri in November. While Michigan fell in heartbreaking fashion to No. 8 Maryland in a 73-72 defeat last Saturday in the program’s first Big Ten semifinal appearance, its current status should be enough to propel it to the Big Dance.

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 6:38pm
Senior center Hallie Thome scored 18 points with seven rebounds on Friday.

As sophomore forward Hailey Brown found herself cornered on the right baseline, she scanned the floor for options. Wisconsin’s defense had successfully taken away any options around the wings, but it failed to account for Michigan’s most deadly scorer.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 8:41pm
Kayla Robbins, the son of a former Michigan State offensive lineman, has found a home on the Michigan women's basketball team.

“One of Dad’s friends called me after my commitment and basically said, ‘You’re a Spartan!’ ” Robbins recalls. “He assumed because he heard Michigan that I was going to MSU. Until he realized I was playing in the maize and blue, then he finally called my dad and was so confused. But he was happy for me.”

While Kevin’s friend took some time to adjust to Kayla representing the Wolverines on the court, Kevin quickly jumped on the bandwagon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 9:05pm
Akienreh Johnson has slid into the point guard role due to Amy Dilk's injury.

It’s hard to believe that, just four short weeks ago, the Michigan women’s basketball team suffered a loss to Michigan State that put its tournament hopes on life support. Just two weeks later, freshman point guard Amy Dilk went down with an ankle injury, and the Wolverines’ slim odds became even slimmer on paper.

But, just as they have shown time and time again this season, Michigan has found a way to win. On the heels of six straight victories, the Wolverines finds themselves in the mix of the Big Ten and the NCAA Tournament picture.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:54pm
Senior center Hallie Thome had a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double in Michigan's 67-58 win over Indiana on Thursday.

With just under 30 seconds remaining in Michigan’s 67-58 win over Indiana, Kim Barnes Arico pulled senior center Hallie Thome out of the game. As Thome took a seat on the bench, her coach approached her.

“Did you get it?” Barnes Arico asked.

“No coach, I needed one (more),” Thome said.

Despite finishing one point shy of the 2,000 point milestone, Thome was fine getting the only stat that mattered to her on the night: a fifth straight victory.

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 8:55pm
Women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico credits reserves for Michigan's four-game winning streak.

There are few things that can be the difference between winning or losing a basketball game. The Michigan women’s basketball team has one of them down: bench play.

“The way that they’ve been able to play has been the difference between us being successful, and early on in league play, us not being successful,” said Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico after the team’s 67-61 win over Nebraska on Thursday.