By: CHRIS ZADOROZNY, SPORTS EDITOR
If the season were to end today, the Lady Wolves would currently be the eighth and final seed in the WHAC Tournament after winning three in a row this past week.
They took on Marygrove College (Detroit) last Tuesday at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse, without the Lady Mustangs all-time scoring leader, Keara Marks, and won, 75-64.
The Lady Wolves were down early in the first half, and went into halftime down 31-28, but that small deficit wasn’t going to put them away. Junior guard Danielle Cowart led the way for the team, scoring 18 points (8-19) in just over 33 minutes on the floor. She also added nine steals, two blocks, and three rebounds.
Following up Cowart’s great performance were junior center Chelsea Davis, and junior forward Senneca Scott, as they both tallied 17 points each.
Davis was 7-18 from the field, while Scott was 7-14. Scott also added 16 rebounds, 10 of them offensive rebounds. What pushed them to their win over the Lady Mustangs was their free throws. The Lady Wolves shot 70% of the their free throws, 14-20. Marygrove did shoot their free throws better, 74.1%, hitting 20-27, but made none of their five shots from beyond the arc.
Inside the paint, the Lady Mustangs only shot 33.8%, (22-65), while UM-D shot 41.7% (30-72). After the win, the Lady Wolves traveled to Lima, Ohio to take on the University of Northwest Ohio Lady Racers on the last day of January.
In a crucial matchup against the Lady Racers, as they trail the Lady Wolves in the conference standings, UM-D took the lead at the half, and won 84-73.
Led by both Davis and Cowart, the two were also joined in double digit scoring by junior guard Brittany Teets with 15 points, senior guard Kelly DeFauw with 11 points, and sophomore center Jalissa Williams with 10 points.
Davis led the way with 30 points, shooting 15-17 from the field, also adding 12 rebounds, 11 of which came on the defensive side. Cowart had 11 points shooting 4-9 from the field and 2-4 from beyond the arc. Cowart also added two rebounds and five assists.
The Lady Racers were led by sophomore guard Lauren Hopfner of Sterling Heights, Michigan with 20 points, who shot 6-10 from the field and made her only shot from beyond the arc.
UM-D was terrific from inside the paint, as they scored 60.3% of their points, while the Lady Racers could only match that with 36.4% of their points (24-66) coming from the inside. The only way the game became close was the Lady Racers free throws. UNOH shot 83.3% from the line, making 20-24 free throws, while the Lady Wolves only made 12-22 shots (54.5%).
It was a short celebration for the Lady Wolves as they had to travel back to UM-D for a day, before heading out to Grand Rapids to take on the Cornerstone Golden Eagles.
In yet another crucial matchup that will determine postseason seeding in the WHAC Tournament, the Lady Wolves came out victorious 59-52, defeating the current fifth seed.
The Lady Wolves were once again led by Davis who had 25 points in nearly 40 minutes of play. No other player was in double digits for UM-D, but the points were spread around to the entire team but two players. Brittany Teets had nine points as well as four assists.
Williams and Scott added six points, while DeFauw had five points, Cowart added four, and sophomore guard Courtney Teets had two points as did freshman guard Andrea Collins.
Cornerstone was no match for the Lady Wolves’ free throw percentage as they shot 88.9% from the line, making 8-9 free throws. The three point shooting for the Lady Golden Eagles was just 18.2% as they made only two of their 11 shots.
Their last four games include three of the top five teams in the WHAC. On Wednesday, February 6, currently the second seed and ranked ninth in Division II, the Davenport Lady Panthers (16-2), at Davenport at 5:30pm.
Then, they come back home to play their final home game against the Lawrence Tech Lady Blue Devils (4-14) at 5:00pm on Saturday, February 9.
They will wrap up their season away against the current third seed, Siena Heights Lady Saints (13-5) in Adrian at 5:30pm and then travel to Livonia to finish the season against the fourth seed, Madonna University Lady Crusaders (12-6), on Saturday, February 16 at 5:30pm.