No. 13 Michigan women roll in Big Ten opener, beat Wisconsin


MADISON, Wis. (AP)Naz Hillmon scored 21 points to lead five in double figures as No. 13 Michigan won its Big Ten opener with a 93-81 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night.

Michigan (9-1, 1-0) has won 11 straight against Wisconsin (2-8, 0-2).

Danielle Rauch had 18 points for the Wolverines, who shot 52% (35 of 67) from the floor. Emily Kiser added 17 points, Leigha Brown had 13 and Maddie Nolan 11. Rauch and Nolan each had three of the Wolverines’ seven three-pointers.

Michigan opened on a 15-5 run, never trailed and led by double-digits for most of the game.

Julie Pospisilova scored 21 points for Wisconsin. Krystyna Ellew added 18 points and Sydney Hilliard had 16. The Badgers shot 50% overall from the floor but gave up 18 points from 15 turnovers.

Nolan’s 3-pointer stretched Michigan’s lead to 89-73 with 2:06 remaining. Wisconsin scored the next eight points to cut the deficit to 89-81, their closest margin since early in the third quarter.

Michigan hosts Minnesota on Sunday before playing fifth-ranked Baylor in the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase on Dec. 29. Wisconsin faces Green Bay at home on Sunday.

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