Women's Basketball

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.

Senior guard Nicole Munger says that the Big Ten season will be a grind for Michigan.

At home this season, the Michigan women’s basketball team has won all eight of its contests.

On the road, it's just 2-6.

Taylor Rooks accepted a job in finance after her graduation from Michigan.

As a five-star recruit back in high school, Taylor Rooks had many colleges to choose from to continue her basketball career.

She wanted a school where she could excel — both academically and on the court — and narrowed her decision down to three schools: Stanford, Harvard and Michigan. Still, a tough decision loomed.

Little did she know she’d end up attending all three.

Senior guard Nicole Munger hit a key 3-pointer in Michigan's comeback against Ohio State.

There were multiple performances from Michigan players that contributed to a come-from-behind win over bitter rival Ohio State on Sunday afternoon — many of them by underclassmen — and yet, the two biggest plays of the game came from the two senior Wolverines — guard Nicole Munger and center Hallie Thome. For a team largely characterized by its youthful exuberance and inexperience, the veterans stepped up in a massive way.

Senior guard Nicole Munger scored 18 points in Michigan’s comeback win against Ohio State.

In their only regular season contest against one another this season the Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes 62-58 in what was a thrilling, scrappy game thanks in large part to Michigan freshman forward Naz Hillmon and senior guard Nicole Munger.

Freshman forward Naz Hillmon scored a team-high 16 points in Michigan's loss at Iowa.

The Wolverines called a timeout but never recovered. Iowa (13-4 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) widened the gap, handing Michigan (11-7, 2-4) a 75-61 loss — the team’s fourth loss in its last six games.

“Through our growth process and through our improvement is the decision-making when other teams are going on a run,” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico to WTKA. “… We called a timeout. We tried to regroup, I mean, we had a better fourth quarter but we were down a little bit. And we scored in the fourth quarter; we just couldn’t get the stops that we needed to get.”