Michigan is making its second straight appearance in the NCAA tournament and fourth overall. Virginia is making its 18th consecutive tournament appearance. That is the third-longest streak in the nation behind Tennessee and Louisiana Tech, which have both competed in all 20 NCAA tournaments.
The eighth-seeded Wolverines received an at-large bid to the tournament after finishing fifth in the Big Ten with a 10-6 conference mark. The ninth-seeded Cavaliers also garnered an at-large invitation to the tournament after tying for fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The number-eight seeding for Michigan matches its best in school history. Last season, the Wolverines were the eighth seed in the West Region and lost to ninth-seeded Stanford in the first round 81-74 in an overtime contest in Athens, Ga. Virginia's ninth seeding matches their lowest seed in NCAA Tournament play. The Cavaliers were the West Region ninth seed in 1999, when they lost to eighth-seeded Penn State 82-69 in Ruston, La.
Michigan is making its sixth trip to the Joyce Center after losing four of the previous five games to Notre Dame. Virginia is playing at the Joyce Center for the first time in school history.
The only two wins for Michigan in the Joyce Center have both come in overtime. The Wolverines beat the host Irish 66-60 in overtime on December 8, 1979.
The two schools have now split two all-time meetings. The only previous contest was a 74-39 Virginia victory on December 5, 1986 in Charlottesville, Va.
Michigan wins its second NCAA Tournament game in school history and improves to 2-3 in tournament play. The sole previous victory was in the Wolverines' first appearance, when they beat Oklahoma State 77-68 in 1990.
Michigan head coach Sue Guevara improves to 93-52 in her five years at Michigan. The 93 wins matches the school record, originally set by Bud VanDeWege from 1984-92.
Michigan improves to 11-9 overall in overtime games and 1-1 in NCAA tournament overtime play. This was the first extra-session game of the season for the Wolverines and the first since last season's 81-74 loss to Stanford in overtime in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Cavaliers drop to 11-9 overall in overtime games and 1-2 this season. Virginia had played two extra-session games this season, losing to Texas (56-55) in double overtime and beating Wake Forest (76-73) in double overtime. Virginia is now 1-2 in overtime games in NCAA tournament play. Previously, the Cavaliers defeated Tennessee 79-75 in overtime in the 1990 East Region final and lost to Tennessee 70-67 in overtime in 1991 national title game.
Michigan's 81 points mark the most in an NCAA game by the Wolverines, topping their previous high of 77 in their only other tournament victory, a 77-68 victory over Oklahoma State in 1990. The 10-point victory is also the largest by Michigan in the tournament.
Traveling for the first round of the NCAA Tournament is an unfamiliar experience for Virginia. Prior to this season, the Cavaliers had played 13 of their last 15 opening-round games in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia was 1-1 in the two neutral-site openers.
The Wolverines become the first eight seed in the Midwest Region to win a game in the NCAA Tournament since the current format was adopted in 1994. The previous eight-seeded teams were 0-7.
With the loss today, Virginia has now lost six consecutive games played at neutral sites. The Cavaliers lost to Florida State (83-77) in the ACC Tournament and also dropped games in the Preseason WNIT to Texas (56-55 in double overtime in consolation game) and Louisiana Tech (72-59 in semifinals) this season. The Cavaliers also lost their final two neutral-site games in 1999-2000, in the regional semifinals to Tennessee (77-56) in Memphis, Tenn. And in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament to North Carolina (67-63). The last win by Virginia at a neutral site was a 72-47 win over Wake Forest in the quarterfinals of last season's ACC Tournament.
Virginia falls to 1-5 all-time when the Cavaliers are seeded lower than fourth in the NCAA Tournament. Also, no Virginia team seeded lower than sixth has won a tournament game.
The Cavaliers fall to 1-3 in NCAA Tournament play against Big Ten teams and have not beaten a team from the conference since a 1990 opening-round victory over Penn State. Virginia also was eliminated by Big Ten teams in 1993 (Ohio State) 1999 (Penn State).
Michigan's 22 first-half points mark the third straight game the Wolverines have scored 22 or fewer in the first half. Michigan has scored fewer than 30 points in the first half in five of their last six games and 15 times overall. The 22-point first half marks the lowest in NCAA tournament play for the Wolverines.
After trailing at halftime 33-22, Michigan has now trailed at the half of each of their five NCAA Tournament games. The 11-point deficit is the largest for the Wolverines in a first-round game and matches the largest in Michigan tournament history. The Wolverines trailed North Carolina State 37-26 in the second round of the 1990 tournament.
Michigan continued its strong second-half performances, scoring 59 points in the second half and overtime. The Wolverines entered the game averaging nearly 43 points per game in the second half. This is the 16th time Michigan has scored more than 40 points in the second half this season.
After shooting just 33.3 percent in the first half from the field, Michigan shot 71.0 percent in the second half and overtime, including five-of-six from three-point range after shooting zero-for-six in the first half. Virginia shot just 32.6 percent from the field in the second half and extra session.
Michigan improves to 16-0 when shooting better than 30 percent from three-point range. The Wolverines were five-of-11 for 41.7 percent. Michigan also improved to 16-0 when shooting better from downtown than their opponent. Virginia was 10-of-29 for 34.5 percent.
Virginia has now lost five of its last seven NCAA tournament games.
Today's starting lineup of Dean'na Mitchelson, Chalois Lias, Schuye LaRue, Telisha Quarles and Anna Prillaman marks the 13th different starting five used by head coach Debbie Ryan this season.
Michigan guard Alayne Ingram's career-high 27 points marks the most by a Michigan player in the NCAA tournament. The previous mark was 21 points by Carol Szczechowski against Oklahoma State in 1990. Her previous career high was 24 points against Wisconsin in February, 2000.
Virginia guard Telisha Quarles had four steals, after nabbing three steals in her previous four NCAA games combined.
Virginia sophomore Marcie Dickson's 14 points mark her highest performance in tournament play. Prior to today, Dickson had registered five points in two NCAA games. Today she had 12 points at halftime.
Michigan guard Anne Thorius set a new Michigan record by playing in her 116th career game. The previous mark of 115 was set by Stacey Thomas last season. Thorius is also atop the Wolverine record book in career assists.
Michigan guard Alayne Ingram became the 14th player in Michigan history to score 1,000 points in her career when she scored her ninth point in the second half.
Virginia guard Telisha Quarles took a season-high 29 shots today, which also set a new school record in an NCAA tournament game. The previous mark was 23 field goals attempted by Tora Suber in 1997 against Stanford. Her previous high was 17 field goals attempted, which she did three times. Center Schuye LaRue also took 27 shots.
Michigan guard Anne Thorius registered her 400th career rebound today with her seventh rebound. She becomes just the second player in Michigan basketball history (men or women) to collect 1,000 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds, joining Gary Grant (1984-88).
Virginia center Schuye LaRue had 24 points and 11 rebounds for her 23rd double-double of the season, the most in the nation. It is the 32nd of her career.
Virginia guard Telisha Quarles tied the Virginia record for three-point goals in a season with 63. She originally set the record last season. Quarles was three-of-14 today, which set a new school record for threes attempted in an NCAA tournament game.