Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alyza Winston hit five 3-pointers, including back-to-back big shots in the fourth quarter, and scored 23 points to lift seventh-seeded Michigan State to a 75-66 win over 10th-seeded Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament. Shortly after Winston’s 3′s put the Spartans on top 62-56, Nia Clouden made two breakaway layups, the first on her steal and the second on Winston’s, that made it 68-58 with 3:47 to go. Maddie Burke, who scored 22 points, then hit her sixth 3 for the Lady Lions but then they missed their next four shots and the Spartans advanced to face No. 9 Indiana, the second seed.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Naz Hillmon has helped Michigan’s women’s basketball team reach some new heights this season. The 6-foot-2 forward is averaging 25.1 points per game and earned Big Ten player of the year honors earlier this week. Her 50-point performance in a January loss to Ohio State brought even more attention on the Michigan star. Prior to that game, the Wolverines were 10-0 for the first time in school history. They also reached No. 11 in the AP poll, setting a program high. Michigan is currently at No. 13 entering the Big Ten Tournament.
UNDATED (AP) — Iowa’s Luka Garza is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten for the second year in a row and Michigan’s Juwan Howard is coach of the year. Garza won a split vote with Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu after being a unanimous pick in 2020. Garza and Dosunmu were unanimous choices for for spots on the AP’s All-Big Ten team in voting of 15 media members. Joining Garza and Dosunmu on the first team are Minnesota’s Marcus Carr, Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis and Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell. Michigan’s Hunter Dickson is newcomer of the year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings made their costliest move yet for salary cap compliance by terminating the contract of left tackle Riley Reiff. He had one year left on his deal. The decision weakens an offensive line that was already in need of upgrades. Cutting Reiff will trim $11.75 million off the team’s cap charges. Last season was the best of his four with the Vikings. They could move right tackle Brian O’Neill to the other side to take over for Reiff.