Women's Basketball

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico's team sits at 19-10 and 10-7 in the Big Ten with only one regular-season game remaining.

The Daily looks at three big takeaways from the Wolverines' defeat in East Lansing.

The Michigan women's basketball team's attempt at a comeback at Michigan State was too little, too late, as the Wolverines' seven-game winning streak ended.

Missed opportunities characterized the Michigan women’s basketball team’s (19-10 overall, 10-6 Big Ten) 74-64 loss to Michigan State (18-9, 8-8) Sunday afternoon — the Wolverines’ first defeat in eight games.

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.

Junior guard Akienreh Johnson had seven assists over 30 minutes in Michigan's 86-76 victory over Rutgers.

The bad luck and late-game struggles that had plagued the Michigan women’s basketball team (19-9 overall, 10-6 Big Ten) at the beginning of Big Ten play, was nowhere to be seen during their 88-76 victory over Rutgers (18-8 overall, 10-5) on Thursday night.

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.

Freshman guard Amy Dilk is day-to-day after suffering a knee injury against Nebraska on Feb. 7.

There comes a time in every team’s season, no matter the sport, when it finds itself in a make-or-break situation.

That time has finally arrived for the Michigan women’s basketball team

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.

Michigan in a game against Indiana on Thursday night against Crisler Center. The Wolverines won, 67-58.

With 30 seconds on the clock and Indiana pushing the ball, the Hoosiers looked poised to cut into the Michigan women’s basketball team’s 63-58 lead. But then Nicole Munger stepped in. Literally.

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.

Sophomore forward Haley Brown led the Wolverines to victory in freshman Amy Dilk's absence.

Within a span of five minutes, Brown single-handedly turned Sunday’s game on its head in the second quarter — from a nine-point deficit to a one-point lead for the Wolverines by the end of the half.

Catalyzed by Brown’s performance, the Michigan women’s basketball team (16-9 overall, 7-6 Big Ten) escaped State College with a 66-62 win over Penn State (10-13, 3-9).