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Toyelle Wilson announced as head coach, settles into work of rebuilding SMU women’s basketball program after chaotic week

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas — Toyelle Wilson was in the midst of the “worst pain of her life” just four days ago.

The Michigan women’s basketball team plane was descending sharply from 35,000 feet to about 5,000 feet during the heat of a lightning storm. The air masks from above had been ejected, players were praying on the rosary and some assistant coaches were hugging, Wilson among them.

On Michigan’s flight back from the Sweet 16 on Sunday, the plane had to make an emergency landing in Evansville, Indiana, about an hour short of Ann Arbor, because of a storm that threatened the entire team’s safety.