Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Michigan falls to Nebraska

Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament: Michigan falls to Nebraska

There are fashionable latecomers, and then there’s the Michigan women’s basketball team.

After falling 26-14 after the first quarter of the Big Ten Tournament semi-final against No. 6 Nebraska, UM, seeded No. 3, came back strong with a 22-6 run in second to take a 36-32 halftime lead.

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, once back in the game, they couldn’t hold on, losing to Nebraska, 76-73. It was the second loss to Nebraska this season for the Wolverines.

Michigan trailed four points early in the fourth quarter, but rookie Laila Phelia took command with 13 points in the final stanza. Senior Naz Hillmon added six points in the fourth and 18 points overall, but with around eight seconds left and trailing 74-73, UM’s Danielle Rauch couldn’t grab the ball for a chance to take the lead.

Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico calls out his team in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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I think we played well in the second quarter after a very slow start,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “We didn’t come out ready to go.”

Michigan had another late contributor, as guard Leigha Brown, the team’s second-leading scorer who missed nearly a month with injury, had 16 points off the bench, including 10 in first half.