Naz Hillmon had 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds to lead Michigan to a 70-55 win over the Tennessee in an NCAA Tournament second-round game on Tuesday in San Antonio.
The sixth-seeded Wolverines (16-5), who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, advanced to the Sweet 16 round for the first time in program history.
In the first-ever meeting between the programs, Michigan received a game-high 23 points from Leigha Brown. Hailey Brown highlighted her 14-point performance by making four 3-pointers.
Hillmon, the first Big Ten Player of the Year in program history, made 8-of-15 shots from the floor.
The Wolverines prevailed despite the absence of starting point guard Amy Dilk, who missed her second straight game due to medical reasons.
Tennessee (17-8), a tradition-rich program that hasn’t reached the Sweet 16 since 2016, was led by first-team All-SEC player Rennia Davis. She had 12 points on 4-for-17 shooting, while second-team All-SEC player Rae Burrell added 11.
Michigan, by holding Tennessee to 27.8-percent shooting, led 14-12 after a first quarter that featured seven lead changes.
The Wolverines stretched their advantage to 28-19 at halftime, allowing zero fast-break points in the first 20 minutes.
Michigan started the third quarter on a 22-5 run. Tennessee, which shot 0-for-8 on 3-pointers through three quarters, never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.
–Field Level Media