Michigan Wolverines women's basketball

The Michigan Wolverines women's basketball team is the intercollegiate women's basketball program representing the University of Michigan. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Wolverines play home basketball games at the Crisler Center on the university campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michigan Wolverines women's basketball
2019–20 Michigan Wolverines women's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of Michigan
Head coachKim Barnes Arico[1] (8th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationAnn Arbor, Michigan
ArenaCrisler Center[2]
(Capacity: 12,707)
Student sectionMaize Rage
ColorsMaize and Blue[3]
NCAA Tournament Second round
1990, 2001, 2013, 2018, 2019[4][5]
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019[4]


Michigan began playing intercollegiate women's basketball in 1973–74, when inaugural head coach Vic Katch led the team to a 3–8 record (0–1 against Big Ten teams).[4] There was no form of conference competition for the Wolverines until the 1976–77 season, and even then it was not officially sanctioned by the Big Ten until 1982–83.[4] Michigan did not qualify for postseason play until earning an NCAA Tournament bid in 1990 under head coach Bud VanDeWege, which would remain its only tournament appearance until Sue Guevara led the Wolverines to five straight postseason appearances (in both the NCAA and WNIT tournaments) between 1998 and 2002.[4]

The team's best postseason performance in the NCAA Tournament is advancing to the Second Round, which it has done five times, in 1990, 2001, 2013, 2018 and 2019.[4][5] The Wolverines won the WNIT tournament in 2017, and have also reached the WNIT semifinals twice: in 2010 and 2015.[4] Michigan has never won a Big Ten championship, either in the regular season or in the conference tournament: the closest it has come is 2nd in the regular season and tied for 3rd in the tournament, both accomplished during Guevara's tenure.[4] Guevara was the most accomplished coach in the history of the program, leading all coaches in both wins and winning percentage for conference and overall games alike.[6]

Since 2012, Michigan is coached by Kim Barnes Arico, the former St. John's Red Storm head coach and two-time Big East Coach of the Year.[1] During a February 2017 game against Michigan State, the Wolverines set an attendance record of 12,707 in the first home sellout in program history, which more than doubled the previous record of 5,991.[7] The second-largest home crowd (8,313) attended a January 2018 game against Ohio State.[8]

During the 2017–18 season, Barnes Arico became the winningest coach in program history. On July 12, 2018, Barnes Arico signed a contract extension with the Wolverines through the 2022–23 season.[9]

Coaching Staff

As of September 5, 2019.

Name Position coached Consecutive season at
Michigan in current position
Kim Barnes AricoHead coach8th
Toyelle WilsonAssistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator1st
Wesley BrooksAssistant Coach3rd
Yvonne SanchezAssistant Coach2nd
Amy MulliganDirector of Operations8th
Harry RaffertyGraduate Assistant1st

Year by year results

Conference tournament winners noted with # Sources [4][11]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Victor Katch (Independent) (1973–1974)
1973–74 Victor Katch 3–8MAIAW
Victor Katch: 3–8
Carmel Borders (Independent) (1974–1977)
1974–75 Carmel Borders 3–7
1975–76 Carmel Borders 12–6MAIAW
1976–77 Carmel Borders 8–15MAIAW
Carmel Borders: 23–28
Gloria Soluk (Independent, Big Ten) (1977–1984)
1977–78 Gloria Soluk 8–16MAIAW
1978–79 Gloria Soluk 13–14MAIAW
1979–80 Gloria Soluk 8–20MAIAW
1980–81 Gloria Soluk 12–15MAIAW
Big Ten Conference
1981–82 Gloria Soluk 17–90–1
1982–83 Gloria Soluk 4–242–16T-9th
1983–84 Gloria Soluk 4–222–199th
Gloria Soluk: 66–1204–36
Bud VanDeWege (Big Ten) (1984–1992)
1984–85 Bud VanDeWege 7–211–1710th
1985–86 Bud VanDeWege 14–148–107th
1986–87 Bud VanDeWege 9–182–1610th
1987–88 Bud VanDeWege 14–1411–7T-6th
1988–89 Bud VanDeWege 11–175–13T-8th
1989–90 Bud VanDeWege 20–1011–7T-4thNCAA Second Round (Play-In)
1990–91 Bud VanDeWege 11–174–149th
1991–92 Bud VanDeWege 7–213–15T-9th
Bud VanDeWege: 93–13245–99
Trish Roberts (Big Ten) (1992–1996)
1992–93 Trish Roberts 2–251–1711th
1993–94 Trish Roberts 3–240–1811th
1994–95 Trish Roberts 8–193–13T-10th
1995–96 Trish Roberts 7–201–1510th
Trish Roberts: 20–885–63
Sue Guevara (Big Ten) (1997–2004)
1996–97 Sue Guevara 15–117–10T-8th
1997–98 Sue Guevara 19–1010–6T-3rdNCAA First Round
1998–99 Sue Guevara 18–128–8T-6thWNIT Sixteen
1999–2000 Sue Guevara 22–813–3T-2ndNCAA First Round
2000–01 Sue Guevara 19–1210–65thNCAA Second Round
2001–02 Sue Guevara 17–136–10T-9thWNIT First Round
2002–03 Sue Guevara 13–163–13T-10th
Sue Guevara: 123–8257–56
Cheryl Burnett (Big Ten) (2003–2007)
2003–04 Cheryl Burnett 14–176–107th
2004–05 Cheryl Burnett 5–231–1511th
2005–06 Cheryl Burnett 6–230–1611th
2006–07 Cheryl Burnett 10–203–1310th
Cheryl Burnett: 35–8310–54
Kevin Borseth (Big Ten) (2007–2012)
2007–08 Kevin Borseth 19–149–9T-6thWNIT Quarterfinals
2008–09 Kevin Borseth 10–203–15T-10th
2009–10 Kevin Borseth 21–148–10T-6thWNIT Semifinals
2010–11 Kevin Borseth 17–1310–6T-3rdWNIT First Round
2011–12 Kevin Borseth 20–128–87thNCAA First Round
Kevin Borseth: 87–7338–48
Kim Barnes Arico (Big Ten) (2012–present)
2012–13 Kim Barnes Arico 22–119–7T-5thNCAA Second Round
2013–14 Kim Barnes Arico 20–148–8T-6thWNIT Third Round
2014–15 Kim Barnes Arico 20–158–108thWNIT Semifinals
2015–16 Kim Barnes Arico 21–139–9T-7thWNIT Semifinals
2016–17 Kim Barnes Arico 28–911–53rdWNIT Champions
2017–18 Kim Barnes Arico 23–1010–6T-6thNCAA Second Round
2018–19 Kim Barnes Arico 22–1211–74thNCAA Second Round
Kim Barnes Arico: 111–6345–39

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Head coaching records

Head Coach Years Seasons Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. NCAA Berths
Vic Katch 1973–74 1 3–8 .273 0–1 .000
Carmel Borders 1974–77 3 23–28 .451 4–8 .333
Gloria Soluk 1977–84 7 66–120 .355 22–61 .265 0
Bud VanDeWege 1984–92 8 93–132 .413 41–103 .285 1
Trish Roberts 1992–96 4 20–88 .185 5–63 .074 0
Sue Guevara 1996–2003 7 123–82 .600 57–55 .509 3
Cheryl Burnett 2003–07 4 35–83 .297 10–54 .156 0
Kevin Borseth 2008–12 5 87–73 .544 38–48 .442 1
Kim Barnes Arico 2012–present 6 134–71 .654 55–45 .550 1
Totals 45 584–685 .460 232–437 .347 6

Head coaching records through the end of the 2018 NCAA Tournament First Round[6]

NCAA Tournament results

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1990 #10First Round
Second Round
#7 Oklahoma State
#2 NC State
W 77–68
L 64−81
1998 #10First Round#7 UCLAL 58−65
2000 #8First Round#9 StanfordL 74−81 (OT)
2001 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Virginia
#1 Notre Dame
W 81–71
L 54−88
2012 #11First Round#6 OklahomaL 67−88
2013 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Villanova
#1 Stanford
W 60–52
L 40−73
2018 #7First Round
Second Round
#10 Northern Colorado
#2 Baylor
W 75–61
L 58−80
2019 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Kansas State
#1 Louisville
W 84–54
L 50−71


Michigan has played its home games at Crisler Center (previously known as Crisler Arena) since it began intercollegiate play during the 1973–74 season.[2] The first women's basketball game played at Crisler took place on February 4, 1974 and saw the Western Michigan Broncos defeat Michigan 54–28.[2] Crisler Arena was built in 1967 at a cost of $7.2 million, and has undergone three major renovations since, in 1998, 2001, and 2012.[2] In 2002, the women's locker room was more than doubled in size and given a complete facelift.[2] The 2012 renovation saw the addition of the William Davidson Player Development Center (WDPDC), a 57,000-foot basketball facility for both the women's and men's teams adjacent to the arena proper, and the renaming of the entire complex to Crisler Center.[2] The first floor of the WDPDC houses two basketball practice courts, team locker rooms for both players and coaches, athletic medicine facilities, and an equipment room, while the second floor is home to offices for both the men's and women's coaching staffs and administrative functions, as well as rooms dedicated to recruiting, analyzing game film, and strength and conditioning.[2] The 2012 renovation also resulted in major upgrades to the arena's infrastructure, a new scoreboard, replacement of all the seats in both the upper and lower bowls, more handicap-accessible seating, and major improvements to the arena's entrances and concourses.[2] Completed in two separate phases, it cost $72 million in total.[2]


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