We are excited to introduce a regular women’s basketball feature to the mix this season at UM Hoops. Kent Schwartz is currently a Managing Sports Editor at the Michigan Daily and covered the team full-time last season. He’ll be keeping us updated on the team, which is currently 11-1 and ranked 11thnationally, throughout the next two months. Make sure to look back at his in-depth look at Naz Hillmon after her 50-point game at Ohio State before diving into today’s piece on Michigan versus Michigan State (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network).
For Michigan women’s basketball, there are few paths to get state-wide headlines. More of those moments have been prevalent this season than in the prior decade — a 50-point game, a program-best 10-0 start, a program-high No. 11 rank. But, for most of the seasons in Michigan history, the way to draw headlines was through its game against Michigan State. And, for most of those headlines, the Spartans beat the Wolverines.
There’s a word out there to describe Michigan’s rivalry with Michigan State before 2013, and it’s far more harsh than “ugly.” Between 2003 and 2013, the Spartans won 20 of 21 contests — winning one game in 2005, 77-34.