Women's Basketball

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.”

Senior center Hallie Thome will have her hands full Thursday, pegged to guard the nation's leading scorer, Iowa's Megan Gustafson.

When the Michigan women’s basketball team enters Carver-Hawkeye Arena Thursday night, it will face one of the biggest challenges of Big Ten play, both literally and figuratively.

Senior guard Nicole Munger values Michigan's emphasis on defense.

A big reason for Michigan’s defensive struggles, especially late in games, is youth. While youth has long-term advantages, the lack of experience has hurt the Wolverines late in games when trying to hold a narrow lead or close a slim deficit.


So no, it’s not time to press the panic button on Michigan’s season, but there is a figurative finger hovering over it. The coming weeks decide everything.

Senior center Hallie Thome did her part, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds in Saturday's loss to Maryland.

Saturday afternoon in College Park, Md., the Michigan women’s basketball team faced its toughest opponent so far this season.

Despite putting up a fight, the Wolverines (11-6 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) ultimately fell, 83-69, to No. 9 Maryland (15-1 overall, 4-1 Big Ten).

Freshman guard Amy Dilk will match up against Maryland's Taylor Mikesell.

Though it is just over halfway through the season, the importance of Michigan (11-5 overall, 2-2 Big Ten) visiting College Park to take on the 9th-ranked Terrapins (14-1, 3-1) cannot be overstated. Just like last year, a positive result for the Wolverines could push them over the line come the end of the season

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico continues to preach a process-based approach as the team heads toward the heart of Big Ten play..

Despite being picked to finish third in the Big Ten in the coaches’ preseason vote, Michigan now sits in a three-team tie for sixth place through the first four games of conference play. One reason for its current record is because of trends like this one: One day the ball rolls the way of the Wolverines while the next day it goes the opposite direction.

Freshman forward Naz Hillmon had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds on Tuesday.

In a game featuring so many ups and downs it felt more like a roller coaster ride than a basketball game, the Michigan women’s basketball team (11-5, 2-2 Big Ten) defeated the Northwestern Wildcats (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten), 79-78, in overtime Tuesday night.