Because of increased attention, Hillmon was only able to attempt one field goal in the second half. She still drew fouls and got to the line — she attempted six free throws in the half — but scored just six points.
Sometimes, the shots just aren’t falling. Many teams can withstand rough spells if they’re at an easier point in the schedule or have favorable matchups, but the Michigan women’s basketball team was not that lucky.
Sophomore guard Amy Dilk overcame a slow start to the season, coming on strong in recent games against elite opponents No. 8 Florida State and No. 12 Maryland. Her surge is a manifestation of what coaches expected from her, and what the team needs from her in order to meet their goal of the Sweet Sixteen this year.
Shooting 92 percent wasn’t enough for Michigan women’s basketball team. Finally hitting its threes wasn’t enough. Michigan State kept fighting its way back into the game, getting on the Wolverines’ nerves.
After two straight losses to ranked teams, Michigan came out guns blazing on Tuesday afternoon. With quick inside points and a defense that confounded Penn State, nothing was going to stop its enthusiasm.
But the No. 24 Wolverines (9-2) couldn’t take this momentum into the second half, en route to a 79-69 loss to No. 8 Florida State (12-0). They couldn’t convert on the offensive end to start the third quarter, while the Seminoles fed their bigs in the paint with success. Sophomore forward Naz Hillmon and junior forward Hailey Brown both picked up two fouls in the first half, and had to play conservative defensively. Florida State had taken a five point lead before Michigan scored in the second half — over four minutes into the half.