Women's Basketball

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.

Senior Center Halle Thome became the third player in Michigan history to reach the 2,000 point plateau.

Entering last Sunday’s game against Illinois, the senior center needed only one point to surpass 2,000 points at Michigan. Four minutes into the first quarter, sophomore Hailey Brown lobbed the ball down to Thome on the right block. Just as she had done countless times before, Thome spun around her defender and converted the routine layup.

With the basket, Thome joined Diane Dietz and Katelynn Flaherty — who graduated last spring — on the Wolverines' list of 2,000-point scorers.

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

The Michigan women's basketball team earned its sixth-straight victory on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon in Champaign, Ill., two teams on very different trajectories crossed paths.

The Michigan women’s basketball team had won five consecutive games to make its case for the NCAA Tournament. On the other side, Illinois was on a downward spiral, losing 13 of its last 15 games.

And, despite flashes where it appeared that the Fighting Illini (2-13 Big Ten, 10-16 overall) might get the upset they needed, the Wolverines (9-6, 18-9) eventually pulled away with a 70-56 victory.

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.

The Michigan women's basketball program has a unique asset given that freshman forward Naz Hillmon and sophomore forward Hailey Brown came to college with prior international basketball experience.

Last May, while her classmates at Gilmour Academy in Cleveland were officially receiving their diplomas in front of their teachers, friends and families, Naz Hillmon was playing basketball.