Women's Basketball

The Michigan women's basketball team earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

As the No. 8 seed in the Albany Region, Michigan will face Kansas State in the Round of 64. The two teams will meet on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Daily projects that the Michigan women's basketball team led by Kim Barnes Arico will be a nine seed in the NCAA Tournament.

For 64 teams, the night will end in joyous cheers as they have their ticket to the Big Dance punched, while the rest of the squads watching will remain sullen as their chances at championship glory this season come to an end. The Michigan women’s basketball team will likely wind up in the former group.

The Michigan women's basketball team awaits its fate for the NCAA Tournament.

The Michigan women’s basketball team (3-6 Big Ten, 21-11 overall) can rest a little easier than normal. After a loss to Michigan State dropped its Big Ten record to 3-6 and 12-9 overall, a tournament berth seemed like a pipe dream.
But following a white-hot February that saw the team go 6-1, the Wolverines are sitting pretty for a likely tournament berth and a resume that includes wins over conference stalwarts Iowa and Indiana and a neutral site victory over Missouri in November. While Michigan fell in heartbreaking fashion to No. 8 Maryland in a 73-72 defeat last Saturday in the program’s first Big Ten semifinal appearance, its current status should be enough to propel it to the Big Dance.

Freshman point guard Amy Dilk posted a career-high 11 assists against Maryland last weekend.

The Michigan women’s basketball coach applauded the Wolverines’ effort and execution throughout the press conference, but when asked specifically about the development of freshman point guard Amy Dilk, she took her praise to another level.

Senior guard Nicole Munger hopes her team will be selected for a second consecutive NCAA tournament bid.

Heading into the previous selection shows, those Michigan teams each had 22 wins under their belts. This year’s group has 21, yet it’s in a better position to get a bid — and to actually do something with it — than past groups.

Why? Because this team is trending up.

Amy Dilk, Naz Hillmon, Hallie Thome and Nicole Munger have been key pieces for the Michigan women's basketball team this season.

Guided by their star co-captain seniors, guard Nicole Munger and center Hallie Thome, and a pair of standout freshmen in guard Amy Dilk and forward Naz Hillmon the Wolverines are now on the cusp of their second-straight NCAA Tournament berth.

The Daily breaks down the seasons these four players put together.

Guard and co-captain Nicole Munger had hoped to win the Big Ten Tournament her senior season, but is looking ahead to the NCAA tournament.

The Michigan women’s basketball players walked off the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis with their heads down. Following a heart-wrenching 73-72 defeat to top-seeded Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, it was hard for players and coaches to remember that the game was by no means the end of their season.

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Unable to feed the ball to Hallie Thome, Amy Dilk turned toward the baseline and put up a floater. Before it could reach the rim though, Maryland’s Shakira Austin swatted it away.

Senior center Hallie Thome scored 18 points with seven rebounds on Friday.

As sophomore forward Hailey Brown found herself cornered on the right baseline, she scanned the floor for options. Wisconsin’s defense had successfully taken away any options around the wings, but it failed to account for Michigan’s most deadly scorer.

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In their last time playing at Crisler Center, senior guard Nicole Munger and senior center Hallie Thome made a statement from the start for the Michigan women’s basketball team (11-7 Big Ten, 20-10 overall) in an eventual 59-49 win over Wisconsin.