Michigan Wolverines women's basketball
|Michigan Wolverines women's basketball|
|University||University of Michigan|
|Head coach||Kim Barnes Arico (5th season)|
|Location||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|Student section||Maize Rage|
|Colors||Maize and Blue
|NCAA Tournament second round|
|1990, 2001, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2012, 2013|
The Michigan Wolverines women's basketball team is the intercollegiate women's basketball program representing the University of Michigan. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Wolverines play home basketball games at the Crisler Center on the university campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Michigan began playing intercollegiate women's basketball in 1973–74, when inaugural head coach Vic Katch led the team to a 3–8 record (0–1 against Big Ten teams). There was no form of conference competition for the Wolverines until the 1976–77 season, and even then it was not officially sanctioned by the Big Ten until 1982–83. Michigan did not qualify for postseason play until earning an NCAA Tournament bid in 1990 under head coach Bud VanDeWege, which would remain its only tournament appearance until Sue Guevara led the Wolverines to five straight postseason appearances (in both the NCAA and WNIT tournaments) between 1998 and 2002. The team's best postseason performance in the NCAA Tournament is advancing to the Second Round, which it has done three times, in 1990, 2001 and 2013. The Wolverines have also reached the WNIT semifinals twice, in 2010 under coach Kevin Borseth and in 2015 under Kim Barnes Arico. Michigan has never won a Big Ten championship, either in the regular season or in the conference tournament: the closest it has come is 2nd in the regular season and tied for 3rd in the tournament, both accomplished during Guevara's tenure. Guevara is the most accomplished coach in the history of the program, leading all coaches in both wins and winning percentage for conference and overall games alike. Since 2012, the Wolverines are coached by Kim Barnes Arico, the former St. John's Red Storm head coach and two-time Big East Coach of the Year.
Year by year results
|Season||Team||Overall||Conference||Standing||Postseason||Coaches' poll||AP poll|
|Victor Katch (Independent) (1973–1974)|
|Carmel Borders (Independent) (1974–1977)|
|Gloria Soluk (Independent, Big Ten) (1977–1984)|
|Big Ten Conference|
|Bud VanDeWege (Big Ten) (1984–1992)|
|1989–90||Bud VanDeWege||20–10||11–7||T-4th||NCAA Second Round (Play-In)|
|Trish Roberts (Big Ten) (1992–1996)|
|Sue Guevara (Big Ten) (1997–2004)|
|1997–98||Sue Guevara||19–10||10–6||T-3rd||NCAA First Round|
|1998–99||Sue Guevara||18–12||8–8||T-6th||WNIT Sixteen|
|1999–2000||Sue Guevara||22–8||13–3||T-2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2000–01||Sue Guevara||19–12||10–6||5th||NCAA Second Round|
|2001–02||Sue Guevara||17–13||6–10||T-9th||WNIT First Round|
|Cheryl Burnett (Big Ten) (2003–2007)|
|Kevin Borseth (Big Ten) (2007–2012)|
|2007–08||Kevin Borseth||19–14||9–9||T-6th||WNIT Quarterfinals|
|2009–10||Kevin Borseth||21–14||8–10||T-6th||WNIT Semifinals|
|2010–11||Kevin Borseth||17–13||10–6||T-3rd||WNIT First Round|
|2011–12||Kevin Borseth||20–12||8–8||7th||NCAA First Round|
|Kim Barnes Arico (Big Ten) (2012–present)|
|2012–13||Kim Barnes Arico||22–11||9–7||T-5th||NCAA Second Round|
|2013–14||Kim Barnes Arico||20–14||8–8||T-6th||WNIT Third Round|
|2014–15||Kim Barnes Arico||20–15||8–10||8th||WNIT Semifinals|
|2015–16||Kim Barnes Arico||21–13||9–9||T-7th||WNIT Semifinals|
|2016–17||Kim Barnes Arico||28–9||11–5||3rd||WNIT Champions|
|Kim Barnes Arico:||111–62||45–39|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Head coaching records
|Head Coach||Years||Seasons||Overall||Pct.||Conf.||Pct.||NCAA Berths|
|Kim Barnes Arico||2012–present||5||111–62||.642||45–39||.536||1|
Head coaching records through the end of the 2015–16 season
Michigan has played its home games at Crisler Center (previously known as Crisler Arena) since it began intercollegiate play during the 1973–74 season. The first women's basketball game played at Crisler took place on February 4, 1974 and saw the Western Michigan Broncos defeat Michigan 54–28. Crisler Arena was built in 1967 at a cost of $7.2 million, and has undergone three major renovations since, in 1998, 2001, and 2012. In 2002, the women's locker room was more than doubled in size and given a complete facelift. The 2012 renovation saw the addition of the William Davidson Player Development Center (WDPDC), a 57,000-foot basketball facility for both the women's and men's teams adjacent to the arena proper, and the renaming of the entire complex to Crisler Center. The first floor of the WDPDC houses two basketball practice courts, team locker rooms for both players and coaches, athletic medicine facilities, and an equipment room, while the second floor is home to offices for both the men's and women's coaching staffs and administrative functions, as well as rooms dedicated to recruiting, analyzing game film, and strength and conditioning. The 2012 renovation also resulted in major upgrades to the arena's infrastructure, a new scoreboard, replacement of all the seats in both the upper and lower bowls, more handicap-accessible seating, and major improvements to the arena's entrances and concourses. Completed in two separate phases, it cost $72 million in total.
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