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.
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.
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.
In a game featuring so many ups and downs it felt more like a roller coaster ride than a basketball game, the Michigan women’s basketball team (11-5, 2-2 Big Ten) defeated the Northwestern Wildcats (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten), 79-78, in overtime Tuesday night.
In front of its home fans for the first time since Nov. 19, the Michigan women’s basketball team (6-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with an 83-38 victory over the hapless LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (0-8).