Michigan ladies attain Candy 16 for first time, beat Tennessee

Leigha Brown scored 23 factors and Naz Hillmon added 19 to steer No. 6 seed Michigan to its first Candy 16 look with a 70-55 win over third-seeded Tennessee within the ladies’s NCAA Event

SAN ANTONIO — Leigha Brown scored 23 factors and Naz Hillmon added 19 to steer No. 6 seed Michigan to its first Candy 16 look with a 70-55 win over third-seeded Tennessee on Tuesday within the ladies’s NCAA Event.

The Wolverines had been 0-5 within the second spherical earlier than pulling off the victory over the Girl Vols. As the ultimate buzzer sounded, the Michigan gamers jumped into a bunch hug at heart courtroom and sang “it is nice to be a Michigan Wolverine.”

Main 18-16 with eight minutes left within the first half, Michigan (16-5) held Tennessee to only one subject aim the remainder of the second quarter and constructed a 28-19 halftime lead. The Girl Vols missed their remaining seven pictures of the interval and ended their drought 1:18 into the third quarter. The Girl Vols’ deficit grew to 17 factors as Michigan went on a 22-7 run spanning the quarters.

Tennessee (17-8) trailed by 15 heading into the fourth quarter and was in a position to lower its deficit to 54-44 with underneath 5 minutes left earlier than a 3-pointer by Danielle Rauch and a steal and layup by Brown restored the 15-point cushion. Tennessee could not get nearer than 9 the remainder of the way in which.

Hillmon, the Large Ten Participant of the 12 months, additionally had 15 rebounds because the Wolverines greater than held their very own on the glass towards the Girl Vols, outrebounding them 42-40.

A visit to the regional semifinals was simply one other first for the Wolverines this yr. The workforce began 10-0 for the primary time in class historical past. They have been additionally within the rankings all season for the first-time, in addition to having Hillmon be the primary participant to earn All-America honors as a second-teamer.

Tennessee, which has a protracted storied NCAA custom with eight nationwide championships, fell to 28-3 within the second spherical.

Rennia Davis scored 12 factors to steer the Girl Vols, who have been taking part in Michigan for the primary time.

TIP-INS:

Tennessee was simply 2 for 14 from behind the 3-point arc with the primary make coming early within the fourth quarter after 9 misses. … Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico took St. John’s to the Candy 16 as a three-seed in 2012.

MISSING IN ACTION

Michigan was nonetheless with out place to begin guard Amy Dilk, who did not make the journey due to an undisclosed medical difficulty that the varsity would not elaborate on. Rauch obtained the beginning in her place once more and had 5 factors, six rebounds and three assists.

UP NEXT:

Michigan performs the winner of Virginia Tech-Baylor within the Candy 16.

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Extra AP ladies’s faculty basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP—Top25

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