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Friday, November 9, 2018 // TIP OFF 2018
7B

Roster Breakdown: ‘M’ replacing Flaherty with
strong recruiting class and experienced forwards

After
advancing
to
the
second round of the 2018 NCAA
Tournament
last
year,
the
Michigan women’s basketball
team returns a seasoned and
experienced
bunch.
Of
course,
the Wolverines
will be without
Katelynn
Flaherty
for
the
upcoming
campaign.
Flaherty scored
2,776 points in
her career, the
most
ever
in
school history — including the
men’s program — and 27th all-
time in NCAA history. She was
also one of just two women in
NCAA history to hit over 400
3-pointers in her career (410)
and she led the team in scoring

last season with 22.9 points per
game on 42.3-percent shooting
from beyond the arc.
Simply put, Michigan has a
lot of production to make up.
However, coach Kim Barnes
Arico recruited the 12th-best
class in the nation (the highest-
ranked
class
in
program history),
infusing
exciting
young
players
into a lineup that
also
features
experienced
veterans.
While
last year was the
Katelynn Flaherty
show,
this
team
has more of a feel
of an ensemble.
So, you may ask, who are
the women that make up this
year’s squad? The Daily breaks
down Michigan’s roster for the
upcoming season:
Guards:
Looking to replace Flaherty’s

presence, 5-star freshman Amy
Dilk appears to be more than up
to the task. Out of Carmel, Ind.,
Dilk has shown tremendous
poise on the defensive side of
the ball and possesses fantastic
vision and a deadly stroke
from deep. In high school,
Dilk
averaged
17.8 points and
6.7 assists per
game and was
named Indiana’s
Gatorade Player
of the Year and
Miss Basketball.
Joining
Dilk
in the backcourt
is
sophomore
shooting
guard
Deja
Church,
who has returned to her natural
position after spending time
as
Michigan’s
backup
point
guard last season. Church does
a great job at getting to the
basket and seems like a surefire
bet to improve on a freshman

campaign that saw her average
7.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8
assists per game.
Fellow sophomore Priscilla
Smeenge should also be in line
to see extended minutes, and
she should continue to make an
impact with her 3-point stroke
after
knocking
down 40 percent
of her attempts
last
season
in
limited
action.
Junior Akienrah
Johnson
also
figures to make an
impact, especially
after she scored
in double figures
in
three
of
Michigan’s
final
six games of the season to help
clinch a tournament berth.
Rounding out the guards are
freshmen Danielle Rauch and
Ariel Young. Young is a 6-foot-
1 guard from Tallahassee, Fla.,
See ROSTER, Page 8B

TEDDY GUTKIN
Daily Sports Writer

ZOEY HOLMSTROM/Daily
The Michigan women’s basketball team has a talent-laden roster, with a top-15 recruiting class and an experienced frontcourt returning this season.

Who are the
women that
make up this
year’s squad?

junior guard Kaila Charles,
who averaged 17.9 points per
game to go with 8.1 rebounds
per game in 2017-2018. In
addition to Charles, Freese
brings in the fifth-ranked
recruiting class, per ESPN.
Highlighted by fourth-ranked
recruit
forward
Shakira
Austin, and another five-
star recruit in guard Taylor
Mikesell, the Terrapins will
look for early contributions
from their freshmen.
This year’s Maryland team
is set to be an improvement
on last year’s team as the
Terrapins come into the season
as the early season favorites
to capture yet another Big
Ten championship.
In
last
season’s
bout,
Maryland beat the Wolverines
83-70 and will host Michigan
on Jan. 12.
No. 13 Iowa
Last season: Fourth-place
finish in the Big Ten (11-5,
24-7)
After
a
disappointing
first-round exit in last year’s
NCAA
Tournament,
the
Hawkeyes head into the 2018
season full of motivation and
experience.
Iowa
returns
four of last season’s starters,
including the preseason Big
Ten player of the year, senior
guard
Megan
Gustafson,
and junior guard Kathleen
Doyle,
another
preseason
all-Big Ten selection. The
Hawkeyes,
however,
will
play the first month of the
season without Doyle, who
suffered a fractured left hand
in practice a week ago. In her
place, Iowa will rely on senior
guard Tania Davis, who is
coming off of an ACL injury
which sidelined her for the
majority of last season.
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder is in
her nineteenth season at the
helm of the Hawkeye women’s
program and has a record of
367-210. Seeking her third
Big Ten championship, Bluder
has Iowa in the preseason
rankings for the first time
since 2014, when it debuted as
the No. 19 team in the country.
The
Hawkeyes
defeated
Michigan in their one matchup
last year, 82-72, and will host
the Wolverines on Jan. 17 and
visit Ann Arbor on Jan. 31.

BIG TEN BREAKDOWN
From Page 6B

Five-star guard Amy Dilk will lead the way in the frontcourt for the Wolverines,
but seniors Nicole Munger and Hallie Thome bring back experience to the team

The Daily
breaks down
Michigan’s
roster.

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