A year after being snubbed by the NCAA Tournament committee, the Michigan women’s basketball has made the NCAA Tournament dance with a No. 7 seed.
The Wolverines (22-9), who turned the snub into a WNIT national championship last year, will face Northern Colorado in a first-round game at Baylor in Waco, Texas. If they advance, the Wolverines likely would face No. 2 Baylor, which faces No. 15 Grambling.
Central Michigan (28-4), winner of the Mid-American Conference tournament, is an 11 seed and will face No. 6 LSU (26-9) in a first-round game in Columbus, Ohio.
Although Michigan had a more polished resume than last season with three wins over top-25 RPI teams and its worst loss to the No. 65 team in RPI, the Wolverines learned last year not to count on any givens when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. The team watched the NCAA Tournament selection show at the home of coach Kim Barnes Arico.
The NCAA Tournament has been a goal of Michigan senior Katelynn Flaherty and teammate and roommate Jillian Dunston, also a senior. Flaherty is the school’s all-time leading scorer and a three-time All-Big Ten first-team selection, the first in program history, while Dunston made the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team. Junior Hallie Thome also was voted to the first team.