Women's Basketball

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico is relying heavily on her bigs in the Wolverines' transition to positionless basketball.

For decades, basketball has been a mostly specialized sport, with specific, standardized roles drawn up for the different positions on the court.

The Michigan women's basketball team returns just two starters from last year's team.

The Michigan women’s basketball team is coming off its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and for the second consecutive season, the Wolverines have undergone a significant amount of roster turnover.

Presented by The Michigan Daily’s sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.

Before the Michigan women’s basketball team’s first game of the season against Western Michigan on Friday, senior sports editor Ben Katz talks with Daily beat writers Jack Kingsley, Brendan Roose and Kent Schwartz to discuss players to watch and expectations for the Wolverines.

Freshman center Izabel Varejao led the Michigan women's basketball team with 18 points in an exhibition win.

The Michigan women’s basketball team began its season on Wednesday with an exhibition against Northwood.

Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico thought her team was aggressive from the tip on Wednesday.

Wednesday night’s exhibition against Division II Northwood offered an opportunity for the Michigan women's basketball team to showcase its talent working at peak level.

Amy Dilk is looking to elevate her game in her sophomore season.

With a full season under her belt, Dilk evaluated her weaker aspects and improved them. One area in particular is taking care of the ball. Dilk turned the ball over 3.4 times per game last season, higher than both she and Barnes Arico would like. Additionally, Dilk looked to improve her shooting (39.4 percent last season) and scoring (7.2 points per game) abilities during the offseason. With three other players averaging over 10 points per game and two other established scorers averaging over seven, she was not asked to be one of the Wolverines’ main scoring threats last season. But after losing three of their top four scorers from last season, Dilk will be relied upon as a distributor and a scorer.

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Six years ago, the next step was simply to get better, to go further than the third round of the WNIT. Three years ago, the Wolverines were given the cold shoulder by the NCAA selection committee – and they won the WNIT instead. The next year, they made the tournament for the first time in four years. Now, for the first time in the program’s history, Michigan is looking for its third straight NCAA Tournament bid. For the first time in the programs history, the Wolverines are shooting for the Sweet Sixteen – or higher.

Sophomore forward Naz Hillmon led the Michigan women's basketball team in scoring and rebounds last year despite coming off the bench

Naz Hillmon’s freshman season was nothing short of impressive. The now-sophomore forward averaged 13.1 points and seven rebounds per game and shot 62.8 percent from the floor, all of which led the Michigan women’s basketball team.

Senior guard Akienreh Johnson has emerged as a leader for the Wolverines heading into this season.

Senior forward Kayla Robbins and senior guard Akienreh Johnson have filled the gaps left by Nicole Munger and Hallie Thome this season on a stacked Wolverine squad.

Senior guard Akienreh Johnson will be one of the team's leaders heading into this season.

Despite not beginning its regular season until November, the Michigan women’s basketball team has been hard at work in Ann Arbor.