Women's Basketball

Guard and co-captain Nicole Munger had hoped to win the Big Ten Tournament her senior season, but is looking ahead to the NCAA tournament.

The Michigan women’s basketball players walked off the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis with their heads down. Following a heart-wrenching 73-72 defeat to top-seeded Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, it was hard for players and coaches to remember that the game was by no means the end of their season.


Unable to feed the ball to Hallie Thome, Amy Dilk turned toward the baseline and put up a floater. Before it could reach the rim though, Maryland’s Shakira Austin swatted it away.

Senior center Hallie Thome scored 18 points with seven rebounds on Friday.

As sophomore forward Hailey Brown found herself cornered on the right baseline, she scanned the floor for options. Wisconsin’s defense had successfully taken away any options around the wings, but it failed to account for Michigan’s most deadly scorer.


In their last time playing at Crisler Center, senior guard Nicole Munger and senior center Hallie Thome made a statement from the start for the Michigan women’s basketball team (11-7 Big Ten, 20-10 overall) in an eventual 59-49 win over Wisconsin.

Freshman Naz Hillmon led the team with 20 points the last time they faced the Badgers.

“Nicole said at the end of the summer, ‘Coach, I think we have an opportunity to be Big Ten champs next year,’ ” said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico. “And her and Hallie debated that and wavered that and went back and forth on that and they came to common ground that that’s gonna be our message for our team this season, and that’s gonna be our goal for our team this season. And they’ve kind of stuck with that.”

Kayla Robbins, the son of a former Michigan State offensive lineman, has found a home on the Michigan women's basketball team.

“One of Dad’s friends called me after my commitment and basically said, ‘You’re a Spartan!’ ” Robbins recalls. “He assumed because he heard Michigan that I was going to MSU. Until he realized I was playing in the maize and blue, then he finally called my dad and was so confused. But he was happy for me.”

While Kevin’s friend took some time to adjust to Kayla representing the Wolverines on the court, Kevin quickly jumped on the bandwagon.

Senior guard Nicole Munger will likely play her final game at Crisler Center on Sunday against Wisconsin.

While Michigan's four seniors have taken different paths to reach the climax of their respective collegiate careers, they will all be celebrated together.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico's team sits at 19-10 and 10-7 in the Big Ten with only one regular-season game remaining.

The Daily looks at three big takeaways from the Wolverines' defeat in East Lansing.

The Michigan women's basketball team's attempt at a comeback at Michigan State was too little, too late, as the Wolverines' seven-game winning streak ended.

Missed opportunities characterized the Michigan women’s basketball team’s (19-10 overall, 10-6 Big Ten) 74-64 loss to Michigan State (18-9, 8-8) Sunday afternoon — the Wolverines’ first defeat in eight games.

Senior guard Nicole Munger went 3-6 from beyond the arc to help propel Michigan past Rutgers.

A quick glance at Thursday’s stats shows the balance of this squad. Freshman forward Naz Hillmon led her team in scoring with 21 points, but Munger, senior center Hallie Thome and Church hit double figures too. And junior forward Kayla Robbins and sophomore forward Hailey Brown also played key roles.