Women's Basketball

Injuries plague Michigan in first week of the season

Kent Schwartz heads up our weekly Michigan women’s basketball at UM Hoops with a weekly column featuring a look back at the week that was and a preview of the games on deck this week. 

A minute into the first game of Michigan’s season, one of its stars, Amy Dilk, had a freak fall, her left knee buckling underneath her. She left the court with a large brace on her knee a few minutes later.

The Wolverines struggled in that game, requiring overtime to beat IUPUI and looking lost without their primary ball handler. On Saturday, Dilk was walking around with the team during warm ups with an official update as “day-to-day.” While that update is optimistic, especially after her reaction to the injury, it still leaves a large gap on the offense.

Luckily for Michigan, it has some experience in this regard. Dilk wasn’t with the team for the NCAA Tournament run last season. Then, and now, the Wolverines will take a point-guard-by-committee approach. Senior guard Danielle Rauch, the clear back up to Dilk, will take over most of the reps, but junior guard Maddie Nolan can take over the ball-handling duties as well.

“Danielle’s really good at directing people, communicating with everyone around her which makes everything easier,” senior forward Emily Kiser said. “It’s a big role to be in, but I think she did a great job today.”

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