That all changed as the Wolverines beat Notre Dame, 76-66, in a back-and-forth, intense battle not characteristic of early season games. Come March, this could prove to be a statement win that does wonders for Michigan’s tournament seeding and overall confidence.
Injected into the starting lineup for the Wolverines’ most recent game against Oakland, Nolan once again shined, showing she is a valuable asset in all phases of the game. She ended her first start of the season with only three points, via one 3-pointer, but her coach still lauded her offensive contributions.
A three-pronged attack has led Michigan to its strong start. Punishing in the paint and able to spread the floor, the Wolverines have played a more physical and a more aggressive game that exposes holes in opposing defenses.
You would never have known this was only Naz Hillmon and the Michigan women’s basketball team’s second game in 266 days. But not even two minutes into the game, the junior forward was already well on her way to a career performance.
In her first game for the Wolverines, the junior wing lit up the Chippewas. The transfer from Nebraska started and went 9-for-13 in shooting, making one of the three 3-point shots made all game by Michigan and tallying up 22 points with five assists in her Ann Arbor debut.