By JORDAN KONIOR, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Lady Wolves are still winless after losing in their conference home opener to the Lady Cardinals of Concordia University this past Friday, 67-49.
While the tough opening to a season should indicate that it’s time to panic for the Lady Wolves, this however is not the case.
Saturday night was the first official game in the Lady Wolves last three games in which they finally were a complete team.
Junior forward Chelsea Davis, junior guard Ashley Thomas, and junior forward Senneca Scott were officially cleared to play. Along with these players to make their season debut was head coach Sheri Washington.
The Lady Wolves struggled shooting the ball from the outside, as well as the free throw line, but this did not stop their aggressive play on the offensive end of the floor.
They started to form an image in the game Saturday night versus the Lady Cardinals, as their size would cause trouble.
This was the Lady Wolves first game as a complete team, and Saturday night their offense looked the best it had looked all season.
Freshman guard Andrea Collins and senior guard Kelly DeFauw ran the offense, both contributing two assists a piece, while Davis, Scott, and sophomore forward Jalissa Williams demanded defensive attention down in the post.
Williams scored 16 points, and snagged seven rebounds while Davis scored nine points, and cleaned up the glass with 10 rebounds. Scott added nine points, and five rebounds, but couldn’t leave the imprint that she wanted to on this game because of foul trouble.
The Lady Cardinals shot 22-28 from the free throw line and finished the game at 79 percent. The Cardinals also out-rebounded the Lady Wolves 52-42.
Eliminate the number of easy opportunities at the charity stripe, along with the number of second chances and fast break opportunities for the Lady Cardinals, and there is an entire new ball game in which the Lady Wolves can not only compete in, but can win.
The Lady Wolves next game is Tuesday, November 20, 2012 against the Lady Gray Wolves of Lourdes University at the UM-D Field house at 5:30pm.