Michigan’s women’s basketball workforce has faced its good share of elite scorers this period.
It will square off in opposition to a different in its NCAA Match 2nd-spherical matchup towards Villanova on Monday at Crisler Middle.
Do-it-all ahead Maddy Siegrist is second in the country averaging 25.8 points for each game and also prospects the Wildcats in rebounding (9.4 for each game). The 6-foot-1 Big East Player of the 12 months experienced a sluggish commence in No. 11 seed Villanova’s match opener towards No. 6 seed BYU, but she heated up in the second fifty percent, scoring 19 of her 25 details to support her group pull off a to start with-round upset.
“She’s an remarkable scorer and her duration and her dimension is unique,” Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico reported. “The way she’s ready to get her shot off and elevate about you is definitely distinctive. She’s an remarkable expertise. It was unbelievable yesterday (vs. BYU). She enable the game occur to her. She did not get flustered when she did not have a great scoring output in the very first 50 %. I know that she’s a tricky matchup for people today just because of her size.”
Monday’s recreation should really current a compelling matchup inside of. Michigan senior ahead Naz Hillmon, the initially Associated Press initially-group All-American in program background, is one of the major put up gamers in the region and is coming off a dominating performance in the team’s 74-39 to start with-spherical victory more than No. 14 seed American.
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Hillmon, who ranks No. 12 nationally averaging 21.1 details per activity, scored a match-high 24 points Saturday on 11-of-14 shooting. She additional 11 rebounds and did not play in fourth quarter with her group keeping a snug guide.
“She’s a power,” Villanova coach Denise Dillon explained. “She’s so outstanding, observing on movie but then observing her reside yesterday just gave you a total model of her potential on both finishes of the floor. I’ll just say that excellent offensive players like her never commit to protection like she does, so you speak about an all-all around good participant, she unquestionably fits that position.”
Rebounding and restricting 2nd-likelihood chances for Hillmon and Siegrist will be an emphasis for both groups Monday with a excursion to the Sweet 16 on the line.
No. 3 seed Michigan (23-6) and Villanova (24-8) every single have a pair of gamers averaging at minimum eight rebounds for each activity: Hillmon and 6-foot-3 Emily Kiser for the Wolverines and Siegrist and 6-foot Brianna Herlihy for the Wildcats.
“We’re likely to count a ton on Brianna and Maddy to take up some room,” Dillon stated of containing Hillmon. “But it is the rebounding factor. Pictures from other gamers for them, she just finds herself in terrific rebounding placement. As Brianna experienced described, putting a system on her, counting on our posts to get some boards as perfectly.”
The two plans are squaring off for just a third time, but Barnes Arico knows the Wildcats well from her 10 several years coaching in the Big East at St. John’s.
Longtime Villanova mentor Harry Perretta retired following the 2019-20 period, but Barnes Arico reported she sees a lot of similarities in the Wildcats’ programs beneath Dillon.
“It is a special fashion,” Barnes Arico mentioned. “A whole lot of folks freak out when you have to play versus it due to the fact it’s five-out and every person shoots and it’s tricky to protect. But I do assume that acquiring an option to perform versus American, which operates a movement form of gave us a few times to get ready for a similar design. Clearly, Villanova is extended and even bigger and shoots the 3 a little little bit far more than American did, so it’ll be a complicated video game.”
Michigan senior guard Leigha Brown said she thinks her workforce will be up to the obstacle. Of the 15 foremost scorers in the country, the Wolverines have confronted five of them this season.
“So much this year, we have experienced the option to participate in some genuinely fantastic gamers, so I feel acquiring that is an option to type of get some observe in, get some practical experience, and it is been substantial,” Brown explained. “Obviously Naz is a good one particular-on-one particular defender, but I consider we can’t rely on her the whole 40 minutes to be ready to stop (Siegrist). As Naz was stating before, just as much as they fly about and aid just about every other out, we’re heading to have to do the same. Being equipped to do that and make her make rough photographs and then be in a position to rebound out of it will be big.”