Women's Basketball

Akienreh Johnson has slid into the point guard role due to Amy Dilk's injury.

It’s hard to believe that, just four short weeks ago, the Michigan women’s basketball team suffered a loss to Michigan State that put its tournament hopes on life support. Just two weeks later, freshman point guard Amy Dilk went down with an ankle injury, and the Wolverines’ slim odds became even slimmer on paper.

But, just as they have shown time and time again this season, Michigan has found a way to win. On the heels of six straight victories, the Wolverines finds themselves in the mix of the Big Ten and the NCAA Tournament picture.

Senior Center Halle Thome became the third player in Michigan history to reach the 2,000 point plateau.

Entering last Sunday’s game against Illinois, the senior center needed only one point to surpass 2,000 points at Michigan. Four minutes into the first quarter, sophomore Hailey Brown lobbed the ball down to Thome on the right block. Just as she had done countless times before, Thome spun around her defender and converted the routine layup.

With the basket, Thome joined Diane Dietz and Katelynn Flaherty — who graduated last spring — on the Wolverines' list of 2,000-point scorers.

Freshman guard Amy Dilk is day-to-day after suffering a knee injury against Nebraska on Feb. 7.

There comes a time in every team’s season, no matter the sport, when it finds itself in a make-or-break situation.

That time has finally arrived for the Michigan women’s basketball team

The Michigan women's basketball team earned its sixth-straight victory on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon in Champaign, Ill., two teams on very different trajectories crossed paths.

The Michigan women’s basketball team had won five consecutive games to make its case for the NCAA Tournament. On the other side, Illinois was on a downward spiral, losing 13 of its last 15 games.

And, despite flashes where it appeared that the Fighting Illini (2-13 Big Ten, 10-16 overall) might get the upset they needed, the Wolverines (9-6, 18-9) eventually pulled away with a 70-56 victory.

Senior center Hallie Thome had a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double in Michigan's 67-58 win over Indiana on Thursday.

With just under 30 seconds remaining in Michigan’s 67-58 win over Indiana, Kim Barnes Arico pulled senior center Hallie Thome out of the game. As Thome took a seat on the bench, her coach approached her.

“Did you get it?” Barnes Arico asked.

Michigan in a game against Indiana on Thursday night against Crisler Center. The Wolverines won, 67-58.

With 30 seconds on the clock and Indiana pushing the ball, the Hoosiers looked poised to cut into the Michigan women’s basketball team’s 63-58 lead. But then Nicole Munger stepped in. Literally.

The Michigan women's basketball program has a unique asset given that freshman forward Naz Hillmon and sophomore forward Hailey Brown came to college with prior international basketball experience.

Last May, while her classmates at Gilmour Academy in Cleveland were officially receiving their diplomas in front of their teachers, friends and families, Naz Hillmon was playing basketball.

Even without freshman guard Amy Dilk, Michigan women's basketball has been able to win its most recent games.

The Michigan women’s basketball team finally has some momentum it desperately needed.

Women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico credits reserves for Michigan's four-game winning streak.

There are few things that can be the difference between winning or losing a basketball game. The Michigan women’s basketball team has one of them down: bench play.

“The way that they’ve been able to play has been the difference between us being successful, and early on in league play, us not being successful,” said Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico after the team’s 67-61 win over Nebraska on Thursday.

Sophomore forward Haley Brown led the Wolverines to victory in freshman Amy Dilk's absence.

Within a span of five minutes, Brown single-handedly turned Sunday’s game on its head in the second quarter — from a nine-point deficit to a one-point lead for the Wolverines by the end of the half.

Catalyzed by Brown’s performance, the Michigan women’s basketball team (16-9 overall, 7-6 Big Ten) escaped State College with a 66-62 win over Penn State (10-13, 3-9).