Women's Basketball

Senior forward Kayla Robbins led the team with 23 points.

Michigan’s players looked up. Two minutes remained in overtime. They led Syracuse by five. They could have dug in their heels, played drop-back defense and waited for the clock to bleed down. But there would be no waiting in this game. Senior guard Akienreh Johnson jumped on a bad pass by guard Teisha Hyman, broke to the basket and picked up an and-one. The Wolverines didn’t look back on their way to an 84-76 win over Syracuse.

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For the first 12 minutes of Sunday’s 80-48 win over Morgan State (3-5), it was more of the same for the Michigan women’s basketball team (6-1).

Freshman center Izabel Varejão gave the Wolverines a spark off the bench on Wednesday.

Michigan was shooting 1-for-9, missing layups and unable to create open looks. Then, freshman center Izabel Varejão entered the game for the Wolverines and immediately brought the tempo up, forcing holes in Eastern Michigan’s defense.

After her entrance, Michigan women’s basketball team (5-1) found its groove and exerted its dominance over the Eagles (2-4), with a 57-38 win on Wednesday.

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As the time ticked down on Saturday, the frustration began to mount. Michigan was staring its first defeat of the season in the face. Down by four with two minutes left, sophomore guard Amy Dilk took the ball down the court and saw a play open up before her eyes.

Michigan's defensive struggles led to a four-point loss against Notre Dame.

While strong offensive play gave the Wolverines a lead entering halftime, poor defense prevented them from pulling away, leading to a 76-72 loss.

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Down three with 30 seconds remaining on Saturday, the Michigan women’s basketball team had an opportunity to force overtime against Notre Dame. Freshman guard Michelle Sidor found herself open from three, with a chance to keep the Wolverines’ perfect season intact. 

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico is preparing to face a Final Four team in Notre Dame.

After reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament each of the past two seasons, the Michigan women’s basketball team has high expectations for the 2019-20 season, highlighted by a program goal of making it to the Sweet Sixteen.

On Sunday, the Michigan women's basketball team shot 11-for-23 from beyond the arc, an improvement from its percentage on Friday.

In both of its games so far, the Michigan women’s basketball team has attempted at least 20 3-pointers — a statistic that occurred only one time all of last season.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico wants her team to avoid foul trouble.

It was an ugly game defined by mistakes, but after a day’s worth of rest and the experience of 40 minutes of basketball, Michigan managed to gain a grip on its mistakes. Against Bradley, it was cleaner — despite still committing 12 turnovers, it limited itself to 13 fouls.

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Jack Kingsley, Brendan Roose and Kent Schwartz contributed to this story.