It seemed easy for the Michigan women’s basketball team to roll to a 7-0 start to the season — maybe too easy.
The Michigan women’s basketball team lost its first game of the season Sunday, failing to achieve what would have been a historic 8-0 start.
Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico, in her fourth season in Ann Arbor, is starting to see things take shape.
Sophomore guard Katelynn Flaherty put up an impressive 33 points against the Tigers, but Michigan didn’t get much help from anyone else and fell on the road, 74-57.
By the end of the night, the Wolverines had pressured Pittsburgh into making 24 turnovers.
Behind an explosive first half characterized by Michigan’s effective three-quarter court press and 61-percent shooting, the Wolverines jumped out to a 22-point lead at halftime, and they never relinquished it in their 82-45 victory.
Pittsburgh handed the Michigan women’s basketball team its first defeat of the 2014 season, and the Wolverines don’t want Thursday’s matchup to be a case of déjà vu.
Sunday, Michigan outrebounded Oral Roberts, 37-33, and sophomore forward Jillian Dunston led the way with nine.
When asked if she could see any players of her current rosters leading a team someday, two names stuck out to Barnes Arico: senior guard Madison Ristovski and junior guard Danielle Williams.
The Michigan women’s basketball team still hasn’t met its match, but it came closer this weekend.