Michigan women’s basketball team advances to Sweet 16 with win over Villanova

Wolverines earn matchup with No. 10 seed South Dakota

Naz Hillmon #00 of the Michigan Wolverines dribbles the ball during the first half of a Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament First Round game against the American Eagles at Crisler Arena on March 19, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Aaron J. Thornton, 2022 Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan women’s basketball team has advanced to its second-straight Sweet 16 after a 64-49 win over Villanova in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Last season, the Wolverines upset No. 3 seed Tennessee in the second round of the tournament to earn the first Sweet 16 bid in program history. This year, as the No. 3 seed itself, Kim Barnes Arico’s team took down No. 14 seed American and No. 11 seed Villanova.

Senior forward Naz Hillmon had a double-double as she led all scorers with 27 points shooting 12-16 from the field with 11 rebounds in front of the home fans at Crisler Center.

Junior guard Maddie Nolan chipped in with eight points, three rebounds, and two assists, shooting 3-9 from the field and 2-8 from deep.

The Wolverines will square off against No. 10 seed South Dakota next weekend after the Coyotes upset No. 2 seed Baylor in the round of 32. That game will be played at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.

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