Michigan women's hoops loses OT heartbreaker to Baylor in Sweet 16
Michigan’s women’s hoops team nearly pulled off the upset of 2-seed Baylor in the Sweet 16.
Heading into the game, the Wolverines were definitely underdogs and fell behind the Bears by double digits at one point. Michigan never gave in and never let Baylor run away with it, storming back in the second half.
A big force for the Wolverines, especially in the second half, was Leigha Brown. She scored a team-high 23 points and was dynamic late in the game during the comeback. Brown finished 9-for-15 from the floor and added seven rebounds, an assist, and two steals.
Naz Hillmon with 16 points and Akienreh Johnson with 14 points were the other Wolverines to land in double figures. It was a made bucket by Hillmon with 17 seconds left in regulation that tied the game at 63-all and forced overtime.
In overtime, the game turned on a DiJonai Carrington steal and layup to give Baylor the slight lead. The Wolverines would get one more shot to tie the game with just under a second remaining, but the three-point attempt fell short as the Bears hung on, 78-75.
Unfortunately for Michigan, the Wolverines never had an answer for NaLyssa Smith. Smith scored a game-high 24 points without missing a field goal, finishing a perfect 11-for-11 from the field. That ties the most field goals without a miss in NCAA Tournament history.
While the finish did not go the way the Wolverines were hoping, it was an incredible performance and hard-fought finish to the end. Congratulations to head coach Kim Barnes Arico and the team for a dramatic and fantastic season!