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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.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:22pm
Junior guard Akienreh Johnson scored 14 points on five-for-seven shooting, dishing out three assists and recording six steals.

In the Wolverines’ 67-61 victory, the junior guard scored 14 points on five-for-seven shooting, dished out three assists and recorded a whopping six steals. It was an absolute clinic that cemented Johnson’s role as one of Michigan’s key pieces going forward, especially with questions surrounding freshman guard Amy Dilk’s availability after she suffered a gruesome-looking injury in the first quarter after finishing a layup in traffic.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 8:35pm
Junior guard Akienreh Johnson scored 19 points in the win against Iowa and was a factor on defense in Sunday’s victory at Wisconsin.

After notching two consecutive wins for the first time since November, the Michigan women’s basketball team (5-6 Big Ten, 14-9 overall) will host Nebraska (5-6, 10-12) Thursday night.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:47am
Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico will have to wait until Friday to get her team back on track.

The polar vortex already canceled classes for Wednesday and Thursday. Now, it’s canceled tonight’s Michigan women’s basketball game against Iowa.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7:53pm
Freshman forward Naz Hillmon is second on the team in scoring, despite coming off the bench this season.

It's rare for a freshman to rank second on her team in scoring. Even more so when that freshman shoots over 68 percent from the field and comes off the bench.

Naz Hillmon — the forward who has become one of the Michigan women’s basketball team’s top contributors and one of the Big Ten’s biggest rising stars — has been a revelation for the Wolverines this season, currently ranking fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (68.5) while also putting up 12.6 points per contest. Despite being a bench player, she has found ways to make an impact and make the most of her role.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 3:59pm
Freshman forward Naz Hillmon scored 17 points in Michigan's 77-73 loss to Michigan State.

Despite playing the No. 23 Michigan State Spartans (5-4 Big Ten, 15-5 overall) close for much of Sunday’s contest, the Michigan women’s basketball team (3-6, 12-9) was ultimately unable to rally late, succumbing to their in-state rivals in a 77-73 defeat.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 8:34pm
Senior guard Nicole Munger says that the Big Ten season will be a grind for Michigan.

At home this season, the Michigan women’s basketball team has won all eight of its contests.

On the road, it's just 2-6.

Yes, the Wolverines have had a solid season thus far and find themselves squarely on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, but road games have been their kryptonite. With recent losses at ranked opponents Maryland and Iowa, Michigan squandered two opportunities to boost its resume with victories away from Crisler Center.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 8:09pm
Senior center Hallie Thome will have her hands full Thursday, pegged to guard the nation's leading scorer, Iowa's Megan Gustafson.

When the Michigan women’s basketball team enters Carver-Hawkeye Arena Thursday night, it will face one of the biggest challenges of Big Ten play, both literally and figuratively.