Michigan WBB Thread


#1

We are all thankful the men’s team looks to pretty much wrapped up their spot in the tournament (barring a late collapse and several upsets in conference tournaments). But during this, the women’s basketball program is having perhaps their best season in history. Thought we could have a thread to track how the rest of their season goes.

A little background to this season: The women’s basketball program is historically one of the poorest in the Big Ten. Our 16-17 team currently has tied the highest win% for any season in program history (finished 22-8 in '99-00). Just a couple weeks ago, the women’s team was sitting at 10-2 in Big Ten play and had an outside shot at getting a share of the conference title. However, they’ve since lost 3 of 4, including a sellout home game against Michigan St. Despite the lackluster finish, the women’s basketball program looks to be moving forward and will be a solid team each season as long as Kim Barnes Arico is around.

The Big Ten Tournament is set to start this week (why women’s basketball only plays 16 games, I have no idea…). Michigan has a double bye and will most likely play Michigan St in a rematch from the tough loss at Crisler a couple weeks ago. MSU will play the winner of Rutgers/Wisconsin.


#2

A week or so ago, KBA said the team looked a little tight and the last few games seems to have proven her right. Yesterday, with five seconds to go in a tie game, they blew an uncontested layup and then fouled on the rebound which led to the losing free throw.
Still a great season. They need to get refocused for the tournaments. We should be good the next few years.


#3

ESPN’s bracketology for the women’s tournament has us as one of the last four in. I find that interesting considering our conference record, but hey, B1G isn’t a great conference this year and we have played pretty poorly down the stretch, losing 4 of our last 5 and twice against MSU - a team that just a few weeks ago was considered to be on the outside looking in of the tourney and has now jumped us.