Women's Basketball

Freshman forward Naz Hillmon scored 20 points Sunday, notching 16-plus points for the fifth time in the last six games.

After its game against Iowa was moved a day back due to weather, the Michigan women’s basketball team had less than 48 hours to prepare for Wisconsin.

That proved to be enough time, as the Wolverines (14-9 overall, 5-6 Big Ten) defeated the Badgers (11-12, 2-9), 76-70, Sunday afternoon in Madison despite a slow start.

Junior guard Nicole Munger nailed two 3-pointers in the first quarter, providing a spark despite fighting through injury.

Munger came out of the gate firing as she hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter. She cooled down after that — not registering another point until three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter — but still played with the fiery intensity that she brings to the table for every game and practice.

Senior guard Nicole Munger played well in her return from injury.

Nicole Munger picked up the loose ball and took off down the floor. The ankle injury Munger had suffered against Michigan State didn’t look to be ailing her now as she directed the fast break for the Wolverines. When a Hawkeye caught up, she dumped it off to Deja Church, who laid it in with ease.

A transition layup finished off by the sophomore guard perfectly characterized the first quarter of Michigan’s (13-9 overall, 4-6 Big Ten) 90-81 victory over Iowa (16-5, 7-3) Friday afternoon.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico will have to wait until Friday to get her team back on track.

The polar vortex already canceled classes for Wednesday and Thursday. Now, it’s canceled tonight’s Michigan women’s basketball game against Iowa.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico is optimistic about her team's strategy for defending Iowa forward Megan Gustafson.

On Thursday night, the Michigan women’s basketball team will get its second shot at taking down No. 13 Iowa and star forward Megan Gustafson at Crisler Center after losing 75-61 just two weeks ago. This time, though, the Wolverines may be without senior guard and captain Nicole Munger.

Freshman forward Naz Hillmon is second on the team in scoring, despite coming off the bench this season.

It's rare for a freshman to rank second on her team in scoring. Even more so when that freshman shoots over 68 percent from the field and comes off the bench.

Senior guard Nicole Munger was helped off the court during Sunday's loss against Michigan State.

During the first quarter of Sunday’s game at Crisler Center, Nicole Munger fell to the floor, only getting up with the aid of her teammates and the Michigan training staff.

The Michigan women's basketball team's NCAA Tournament hopes suffered a blow with a loss to Michigan State on Sunday.

Now, Michigan’s tournament hopes have suffered yet another deafening blow. Now, the Wolverines must think about adjusting if Munger’s injury is serious.

And now, they’ll think about what could have been if they’d won this game.

Freshman forward Naz Hillmon scored 17 points in Michigan's 77-73 loss to Michigan State.

Despite playing the No. 23 Michigan State Spartans (5-4 Big Ten, 15-5 overall) close for much of Sunday’s contest, the Michigan women’s basketball team (3-6, 12-9) was ultimately unable to rally late, succumbing to their in-state rivals in a 77-73 defeat.

Freshman forward Naz Hillmon scored 16 points to go with nine rebounds, despite the loss.

That 30-second sequence seemed to encapsulate the game as a whole. Despite making multiple runs to keep the game close, the Wolverines (12-8 overall, 3-5 Big Ten) just never took command, ultimately losing to the Hoosiers (16-4, 5-3) on the road, 70-60.