Women's Basketball

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For the first 12 minutes of Sunday’s 80-48 win over Morgan State (3-5), it was more of the same for the Michigan women’s basketball team (6-1).

Freshman center Izabel Varejão gave the Wolverines a spark off the bench on Wednesday.

Michigan was shooting 1-for-9, missing layups and unable to create open looks. Then, freshman center Izabel Varejão entered the game for the Wolverines and immediately brought the tempo up, forcing holes in Eastern Michigan’s defense.

After her entrance, Michigan women’s basketball team (5-1) found its groove and exerted its dominance over the Eagles (2-4), with a 57-38 win on Wednesday.

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As the time ticked down on Saturday, the frustration began to mount. Michigan was staring its first defeat of the season in the face. Down by four with two minutes left, sophomore guard Amy Dilk took the ball down the court and saw a play open up before her eyes.

Michigan's defensive struggles led to a four-point loss against Notre Dame.

While strong offensive play gave the Wolverines a lead entering halftime, poor defense prevented them from pulling away, leading to a 76-72 loss.

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Michigan was up by four, its groove was back—junior forward Hailey Brown just watched her third three-pointer go in the net to take the Wolverines into the fourth quarter.

And then, just as quick as it appeared, it disappeared.

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Down three with 30 seconds remaining on Saturday, the Michigan women’s basketball team had an opportunity to force overtime against Notre Dame. Freshman guard Michelle Sidor found herself open from three, with a chance to keep the Wolverines’ perfect season intact. 

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Chuck passed away on Nov. 6. He was 69 years old. As the most loyal supporter of women’s basketball in Ann Arbor — if not the entire country — he left a stamp on the program far greater than the cost of his now vacant courtside seat.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico is preparing to face a Final Four team in Notre Dame.

After reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament each of the past two seasons, the Michigan women’s basketball team has high expectations for the 2019-20 season, highlighted by a program goal of making it to the Sweet Sixteen.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico notched the 12th-ranked recruiting class in 2020 to join the Michigan women's basketball team.

In her eighth year at the helm of the women’s basketball program, Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico raked in the 12th-ranked recruiting class in 2020 to join the Wolverines, highlighted by the No. 30 recruit in the country — forward Cameron Williams. Williams is one of four players to sign her letter of intent, and is joined by No. 40 ranked Seattle native, guard Meghan Fiso, and two local Michigan players — guard Elise Stuck and forward Whitney Sollom.

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Michigan just went on a 8-1 run, hitting layup after layup, dominating the inside and creating a seven-point lead.