WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Michigan falls to Maryland 73-72

The Michigan Women’s basketball team fell to the Maryland Terrapins 73-72 in the semi-finals of the Big Ten Tournament yesterday in Indianapolis Indiana. The lady Wolverines found themselves down going into the fourth quarter by 9 points against the 8th ranked Maryland team. Michigan did not panic and with three-point baskets by Senior Nicole Munger and strong play by freshman Naz Hillmon the Wolverines were able to gain the lead in the game 70-69 with 1.09 left in the game.

The lead then reverted back to Maryland on a two-point basket giving the ball to the Wolverines with 50 seconds left in the game. Naz Hillmon proceeded to take a rebound and score the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds left for a 72-71 for Michigan. However, Michigan was called for a foul and the Terps were able to collect the lead back from the Wolverines which then gave Michigan a last chance with 10 seconds left with the inbounds under the Wolverine.

The Wolverines first shot was blocked by Maryland and with 1 second Michigan was unable to get the go-ahead basket. The Wolverines were led by Munger with 20 points, and Hillman with 16 with five rebounds and sophomore Hailey Brown had four three-point baskets as part of her 14 points. Freshman Amy Dilk also contributed for Michigan with a career-high of 11 assists to go with her eight points.

Michigan is now waiting to see where they will be seated for the NCAA tournament next Monday and they finished 21-10 for the season and this was their best performance since the team played in the semifinal game in 2001.