After its worst week of the season, No. 9 Michigan got a much-needed — and rare — break. A whole week off to refocus on themselves, correct some errors that became evident in its two losses, and then break down No. 13 Maryland.
“It allowed some individual work,” Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “So some stuff that kids just wanted to get more shots up or Naz wanting to get her touch up. So just individual work with their position coach, and then it also allowed me to meet with small groups. I met with the guard group, I met with the point guard group, I met with our starters I met with our second group, just to get their confidence back.”
“Going in, working on that toughness,” junior guard Maddie Nolan said. “We had some meetings we had some self-reflection and just looking at what we personally can do better rather than what we as a team can do better.”
It doesn’t hurt that in a week where the Wolverines didn’t play a game, it regained control over the Big Ten Championship, with No. 5 Indiana losing its two games against Nebraska and Iowa. But still, they needed to take care of their own business — something the prior week had shown wasn’t necessarily a given.