Michigan to Head to Sunshine State for a Pair at Daytona Beach Invitational – University of Michigan Athletics

Michigan to Head to Sunshine State for a Pair at Daytona Beach Invitational

11/23/2021 4:51:00 PM

// Sarah VanMetre

» The Wolverines will head to Florida for an in-season tournament for the first time since the 2018-19 season, traveling to Daytona Beach for the Daytona Beach Invitational.
» No. 12 Michigan will face No. 16 Oregon State for its first ranked opponent of the season and Mississippi State. Both opponents are first-time foes.
» Head coach Kim Barnes Arico enters the weekend two wins away from reaching 200 wins at Michigan.

Friday, Nov. 26
— vs. #16 Oregon State (Daytona Beach, Fla.), 6:45 p.m.
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Saturday, Nov. 27 — vs. Mississippi State (Daytona Beach, Fla.), 4:30 p.m.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan women’s basketball team (5-0) heads for sunny weather, traveling to Florida to participate in the Daytona Beach Invitational this weekend (Nov. 26-27) at the Ocean Center. U-M will face off against No. 16 Oregon State on Friday (Nov. 26) at 6:45 p.m. before wrapping up the event against Mississippi State on Saturday (Nov. 27) at 4:30 p.m.

Wolverine Notes

• The Wolverines are out to a 5-0 start for the second straight season and the fourth time under 10th-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico. Michigan’s best start came last season when the Wolverines won their first 10 games.

• Michigan is headed to Florida for a pair of games against No. 16 Oregon State and Mississippi State at the Daytona Beach Invitational. It is the first in-season tournament for the Wolverines since going 2-1 at the Gulf Coast Showcase during the 2018-19 season. Both Oregon State and Mississippi State are first-time opponents for the Maize and Blue, with the No. 16-ranked Beavers marking the first ranked opponent for Michigan this season.

• Head coach Kim Barnes Arico coached her 300th game with the Wolverines on Monday night (Nov. 22) and earned her 198th victory in Ann Arbor with a 69-58 win over Oakland. Barnes Arico, who is already the winningest coach in Michigan women’s basketball history (198-102, .660 in 10 seasons), is poised to become just the third Wolverine basketball coach (women’s or men’s) to reach the 200-win milestone at the school, joining John Beilein (278 from 2007-19) and Johnny Orr (209 from 1968-80). With two more wins, she will become the first women’s basketball coach to reach the milestone.

• Michigan has 15 wins against ranked opponents since head coach Kim Barnes Arico took over in Ann Arbor before the 2012-13 season. Her 15 wins account for 37.5 percent of Michigan’s all-time wins (40) over top-25 teams.

• Michigan has stepped it up on the defensive side of the ball this season, ranking third in the Big Ten in scoring defense at 53.0 points per game and fifth in field-goal percentage defense (.349). U-M has allowed more than 60 points just once, coming in a 67-62 overtime win over IUPUI in the season opener (Nov. 9). U-M has held all five opponents below 40 percent shooting and has held its opponents to single-digit scoring in six quarters through five games.

• Senior Naz Hillmon continues to be a force for Michigan in the paint, leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.702) and ranking second in scoring at 23.3 points per game. She recent topped the 1,600-point mark at Michigan with a 25-point performance against Oakland (Nov. 22), becoming the sixth Wolverine in school history to reach the mark. Hillmon also crossed the 800-rebound mark with 11 boards against the Golden Grizzlies, moving into eighth all-time with 802 caroms. She is just the third Wolverine to join the 1,600-800 club, along with Trish Andrew (1,647-928) and Hallie Thome (2,081-885). Hillmon has a chance to be the first Wolverine in program history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

• Michigan came in at No. 12 in this week’s Associated Press poll and No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. It is the second straight coaches poll that Michigan has appeared in the top 10. The No. 9 ranking is the highest in program history.

• No. 16 Oregon State (3-0) is coming off an 82-51 win over CSU Bakersfield in its last contest. OSU is averaging 81.3 points per game on 48.4 percent shooting while allowing 58.3 points per game on 38.3 percent shooting. The Beavers have a trio of double-figure scorers in Talia Von Oelhoffen (15.3 ppg), Taylor Jones (13. ppg) and AJ Marotte (11.3 ppg). It will be the first meeting between the two schools and Michigan’s first contest against a PAC-12 school since recording an 80-73 win over Washington in the 2018 Gulf Coast Showcase, held in the state of Florida.

• The Bulldogs (4-0) will face Dayton on Thanksgiving before facing off against Michigan. Heading into the tournament, MSU is averaging 86.8 points per contest on 45.1 percent shooting while allowing 62.3 points per game on 37.8 percent shooting. Michigan native Rickea Jackson (22.0 ppg) paces a trio of double-figure scorers, with Jerkaila Jordan (19.5 ppg) and Anastasia Hayes (16.3 ppg) joining her. This will be the first meeting between the two teams and Michigan’s first game against a team from Mississippi since a 69-60 win over Southern Miss in the quarterfinals of the 2015 WNIT.

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