Women's Basketball

Center Hallie Thome and guard Nicole Munger embrace during a game for the Michigan women's basketball team.

However, with the impending graduation of the Wolverines’ two co-captains, seniors Hallie Thome and Nicole Munger — two other program legends who played alongside Flaherty the prior three seasons —the same questions are, once again, arising.

Deja Church announced that she will transfer from Michigan.

In a stunning turn of events, sophomore guard Deja Church announced via Twitter that she will not be returning to the Michigan women’s basketball team next season.

The strong performance of freshmen forward Naz Hillmon and guard Amy Dilk provides encouragement for the Michigan women's basketball team next season.

Right now, the wound is likely still fresh.

On Sunday afternoon, the Michigan women’s basketball team saw its season end when it bowed out of the NCAA Tournament following a 70-51 loss to top-seeded Louisville. While it may be hard to see it now, this year’s tournament run may have laid the bricks that will eventually serve as the program’s foundation.

Playing in the home gym of No. 1 seed Louisville, the Michigan women's basketball team fell to the Cardinals in the NCAA Tournament.

And yet, despite its prep, Michigan was blitzed out of the gate. National Player of the Year candidate Asia Durr scored 12 quick points, and the Wolverines found themselves in a 19-4 hole before the game’s first media timeout. With each basket, the Cardinals’ lead — and cheers — only grew.

Senior guard Nicole Munger played her last game as a Wolverine as Michigan lost to Louisville to end its season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — From the tip, the game followed a frenetic pace. Egged on by a sea of red, the top-seeded Cardinals jumped out to a quick start.

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Having won its first-round game against Kansas State, the Michigan women’s basketball team will now have a just over 36 hours to prepare for its next opponent — No. 1 seed Louisville.

Though that is a daunting prospect, the Wolverines do have experience playing in back-to-back games this season.

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On Sunday afternoon, the Michigan women’s basketball team will take the floor as heavy underdogs against the Albany region’s top seed in Louisville, which has the luxury of hosting the game on its home floor.

While many might be quick to count the Wolverines out against one of the nation’s top teams, it’s a role that the team has learned to embrace over the course of the season.

Senior guard Nicole Munger set the tone for the Michigan women's basketball team with physical play against Kansas State.

Those plays may not have resulted in anything other a few extra bruises for Munger but they did set the tone early for the Michigan women’s basketball team in its dominant performance against the Wildcats.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico led her team to a win over Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

In the Michigan women’s basketball team’s (22-11) 84-54 win over Kansas State, that statement couldn’t have been more true, as it used two lengthy scoring spurts and stingy defense to defeat the Wildcats (21-12) and set up a date with top-seeded Lousiville on Sunday.

Senior Hallie Thome has used her size to her advantage for the Michigan women's basketball team.

If the Wolverines intend to progress into the round of 32, they must capitalize on their size advantage against Kansas State.

“We know that’s one of our keys tomorrow,” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico. “Obviously rebounding but also establishing our posts. Hallie Thome is tremendous inside. Hailey Brown, Kayla Robbins, Naz Hillmon — those are difference makers for us and that’s a place where we have to go early in the ball game.”