Michigan women's basketball takes another step in establishing itself as a top-shelf program in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines received an at-large bid to the NCAA women's tournament, which will be played exclusively in San Antonio. U-M is the No. 6 seed in the Riverwalk Region and will play No. 11-seed Florida Gulf Coast at 3 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.
If Michigan wins, it will play either No. 3-seed Tennessee or No. 14-seed Middle Tennessee on Tuesday.
The Wolverines (14-5) are ranked 14th in the latest USA TODAY coaches poll. They are led by junior Naz Hillmon, the Big Ten Player of the Year, who was second in the conference at 25.1 points per game and first in rebounding at 11.4. Junior Leigha Brown is 12th in the conference in scoring (16.9).
U-M had a 2½-week pause, along with the rest of the school's athletic department, after an outbreak of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant on campus.
It's the fourth tournament appearance for Michigan under head coach Kim Barnes Arico, and the third straight. In the previous three trips (2013, 2018, 2019), the Wolverines reached the second round.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan women's basketball a No. 6 seed in NCAA tournament