Women's Basketball

Akienreh Johnson scored 21 points against Kent State on Friday.

Streaky shooting has kept games close in the first half for the Michigan women’s basketball team, as was the case on Friday.

On Sunday, the Michigan women's basketball team shot 11-for-23 from beyond the arc, an improvement from its percentage on Friday.

In both of its games so far, the Michigan women’s basketball team has attempted at least 20 3-pointers — a statistic that occurred only one time all of last season.

The Michigan women's basketball team's starting-five is all 6-feet or taller.

For Michigan to achieve its goals of competing for a Big Ten championship and passing the second round of the NCAA Tournament, it will have to sustain this level of defense against tougher opponents. And the key to that lies in the Wolverines’ length.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico wants her team to avoid foul trouble.

It was an ugly game defined by mistakes, but after a day’s worth of rest and the experience of 40 minutes of basketball, Michigan managed to gain a grip on its mistakes. Against Bradley, it was cleaner — despite still committing 12 turnovers, it limited itself to 13 fouls.

Sophomore Amy Dilk has drastically improved her defensive rebounding.

After jumping to a nine-point lead early in the second quarter, the Michigan women’s basketball team’s offense hit a rough patch. The Wolverines endured three scoreless minutes, marked by unforced errors and turnovers. So naturally, they turned to one of their leaders — sophomore guard Amy Dilk — for a spark. She responded. In a span of less than two minutes, she hit a mid-range jumper, a layup and a 3-pointer, stretching Michigan’s lead to 12 and putting the Braves’ run to bed en route to a 77-57 victory on Sunday.

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In the second game of the season, the Michigan women’s basketball team showed again that it has many weapons on the roster that can step up and score in win over Bradley.

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After a stellar freshman season and as the only Wolverines player who averaged over 10 points per game last season, Naz Hillmon is on the top of the scouting report of every one of the Michigan women’s basketball team’s opponents.

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For a moment, there was a question. For a moment, Michigan was sputtering — first-game rust, working the kinks out of a new team, what have you. For a moment, it was tight.

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Jack Kingsley, Brendan Roose and Kent Schwartz contributed to this story.

Sophomore forward Naz Hillmon played at the U-19 World Cup in Thailand this summer.

Fifteen seconds remained in the fourth quarter of the gold-medal match in the Under-19 Women’s World Cup. The United States and Naz Hillmon were staring down the barrel of a defeat to Australia as, back to the basket, Hillmon posted up against an Australian defender on the top of the key.