Wolverines to Travel to Champaign for Matchup With Illinois

Wolverines to Travel to Champaign for Matchup With Illinois

2/2/2022 12:36:00 PM

// Sarah VanMetre

» no. 6 Michigan heads to Champaign for the first time since 2019 for the lone contest this season against Illinois.
» UM has won seven straight games, tying the longest conference winning streak in program history.
» Michigan is in search of its 13th 20-win season in program history, with eight of the previous 12 coming under 10th-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico.

Thursday, Feb. 3
— at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 7 pm CST
TV: B1G+ | Live Stats | Live Audio | Live Video

• Complete Game Notes (PDF)

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan women’s basketball team (19-2, 10-1 Big Ten) hits the road for Illinois, heading to Champaign to face the Illini (6-11, 1-5 Big Ten) on Thursday night (Feb. 3) at the State Farm Center. The game is set for 7 pm CST and will be streamed live on B1G+.

Wolverine Notes

• Senior forward Naz Hillmon helped Michigan to wins over Purdue (Jan. 24) and No. 22 Ohio State (Jan. 27) to earn her second career national weekly honor from the USBWA and seventh weekly honor from the Big Ten. Hillmon recorded a pair of double-doubles in the two games and became Michigan’s career leading rebounder. Against Purdue, Hillmon turned in 32 points on 12-for-14 shooting to go with 12 boards and two assists. In the 77-58 win at Ohio State, Hillmon had 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. With her 12 rebounds, she passed Trish Andrew’s career mark of 928 rebounds that was set in 1993.

• Michigan has won seven straight games after a 65-50 win over No. 5 Indiana on Monday (Jan. 31). UM has relied on solid shooting and a staunch effort on the defensive end over the stretch. Michigan is averaging 74.7 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting from the floor. On the flip side, UM has held six of its last seven opponents to fewer than 60 points. Over the spurt, the Michigan defense is allowing just 53.0 points per game on 34.8 percent shooting from the floor. Michigan has also dominated the glass over the last seven, holding a +16.1 margin. The seven-game win streak ties the longest during conference play in program history. UM ripped off seven straight during the 2018-19 season, winning its first seven games of February.

• Michigan came in at No. 6 in the latest Associated Press poll (Jan. 31) and entered the top five for the first time ever in the USA Today Coaches poll, coming in at No. 5. UM has six wins over ranked opponents this season and is up to No. 13 in the NET rankings.

• UM entered the 2021-22 season winless in its history against top-five opponents. UM now has a pair of wins over top-five teams after taking down No. 5 Baylor (Dec. 19) and No. 5 Indiana (Jan. 31). Prior to this season, the highest ranked team Michigan had ever defeated was No. 8.

• Michigan is off to a 19-2 start, setting a new standard through 21 games for the best start in program history. UM has already topped last year’s win total of 16 after playing just 22 total games. With one more win, UM will wrap up the program’s 13th 20-win season. Eight of the previous 12 have come under 10th-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico.

• UM has a trio of double-figure scorers in Naz Hillmon (20.2ppg), Leigha Brown (14.8 ppg) and Emily Kiser (10.0 ppg). The pair accounts for 57.3 percent of Michigan’s offense while shooting 50.7 percent from the floor as a group. The trio combined for 59 of Michigan’s 79 points against Purdue (Jan. 24).

• Illinois (6-11, 1-5 B1G) has not played since an 82-56 loss at Iowa on Jan. 23. The Illini are averaging 65.5 points per game on 40.2 percent shooting while allowing 71.5 points per game on 41.8 percent shooting to its opponents. Aaliyah Nye leads the way offensively, averaging 11.7 points per game, with Kendall Bostic grabbing 11.9 boards per game to lead the Big Ten.

Up Next

Sunday, Feb. 6 — vs. Iowa (Crisler Center), 6:30 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)

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