Record Big Ten haul for Michigan women’s basketball, baseball Wolverines win again out West and more …
Wake up University of Michigan fans and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize-and-Blue, your favorite school.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …
The Michigan women’s basketball team is having one of the best seasons in program history. All the hardware it garnered from the Big Ten on Monday just backs that up.
Kim Barnes Arico was named Big Coach of the Year by both her fellow coaches and the media, while junior guard Katelynn Flaherty, sophomore center Hallie Thome and freshman guard Kysre Gondrezick earned all-conference honors. Flaherty was a consensus first-team pick, while Thome was a first-team pick by the coaches and a second-team selection by the media. Gondrezick was a consensus second-team choice, as well as an all-freshmen team member.
The Wolverines (22-8, 11-5 Big Ten) finished third in the conference and will open up the league tournament on Friday after receiving a double-bye. Michigan hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2013, the first season under Barnes Arico, but that drought should end this season.
“I understand now the consistency of being there year-in and year-out,” said Barnes Arico in an interview on BTN. “I think that’s our next goal moving forward. We’re thrilled to be here, but we have such great players in our program, and such competitive players in our program, that they want to be there year-in and year-out.”
Barnes Arico is the first Michigan coach to win Coach of the Year honors from both her peers and the media. The four league honorees are the most in a single season for Michigan, and this is the first time Michigan has ever had two players listed on the first team.
Baseball wins again
Michigan improved to 4-0 on its West Coast road trip with a 6-2 win over San Jose State Monday night.
— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) February 28, 2017
Junior right-hander Alec Rennard allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out nine batters in six innings to pick up the win. Senior Michael Brdar and senior Harrison Wenson each homered in the victory, which improved the Wolverines to 6-2 on the season.
Junior left-hander Oliver Jaskie, who tossed six shutout innings in a 6-1 win against Saint Louis last Friday, was named Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Week.
‘Next Generation’ visit
Join me Tuesday when I visit punter Brad Robbins, a member of Michigan’s class of 2017 recruits. Robbins is a senior at Westerville (Ohio) South, a 5-star prospect and ranked among the top five punters in the country by both kohlskicking.com and prokicker,com.
This visit is part of Land of 10’s “Next Generation” series that aims to bring fans closer to this year’s class of recruits. There will be a Facebook Live chat with Robbins at 10:45 a.m., which can be watched here.