March 18, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's basketball team received its second consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Monday night (March 18). The Wolverines are the No. 8 seed in the Spokane Region and will face No. 9 Villanova on Sunday (March 24) at 4:30 p.m. PDT in Palo Alto, Calif. ESPN2 will televised the game. The winner of Stanford/Tulsa will face the U-M/Villanova winner on Tuesday (March 26).
Michigan is making back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2000 and 2001 seasons. This marks U-M's sixth overall berth in the NCAA Tournament, with the Wolverines holding a 2-5 record in the tourney. U-M has made the second round twice (1990, 2001), its best tournament finishes. The No. 8 seed ties the highest seed in program history, with U-M garnering the same seed in 2000 and 2001.
Head coach Kim Barnes Arico will be making her fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, with the first four appearances coming at St. John's (2006, 2010, 2011, 2012). She is 5-4 all-time in the Tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2012.
The Wolverines are 21-10 on the season and went 9-7 in Big Ten action to tie for fourth in the conference. U-M features a trio of double-digit scorers in seniors Kate Thompson (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) at 14.5 points per game, Rachel Sheffer (Watervliet, Mich./Watervliet) at 12.7 points per game and Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central) at 10.1 points per game.
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