The UM-Dearborn women's basketball team celebrates during a game against Western Michigan. (Danielle Cowart/MJ)
The UM-Dearborn women’s basketball team celebrates during a game against Western Michigan. (Danielle Cowart/MJ)

By JORDAN KONIOR, Staff Reporter

Domination.

That’s what the Lady Mustangs of Marygrove College experienced Wednesday night when they faced the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s basketball team. The Lady Wolverines cruised to a 71-37 rout for their first of the season.

“Coach (Dymetrius) Ware had a very focused mindset and game plan coming into the game,” junior guard Andrea Collins said, regarding her coach’s message before the matchup. “Marygrove was not to be taken lightly, and we adopted this mindset coming into the game Wednesday night.”

From the tip, the game had a rivalry feel to it. Both teams came out with a high level of energy and intensity.

Marygrove scored the first two points of the game, but the Lady Wolverines would lead the rest of the game as they sailed to the 44 point rout. Not only did they capture their first win of the season, it was their first win in WHAC conference play.

The Lady Wolverines shot 41 percent from the floor behind big scoring games from senior guard Danielle Cowart and junior center Jalissa Williams.

Both players numbers point towards future UM-Dearborn Player of the Week recognition.

In Wednesday’s contest, Cowart had 20 points including 6-7 from the charity stripe, six rebounds, and six assists, all while committing no turnovers; a perfect game for someone that plays the guard position.

Williams had a career night in which she scored 27 points and snagged 18 rebounds, including five offensive, all while swatting away eight shots in 40 minutes of play.

With the win, Dymetrius Ware has picked up his first victory as head coach for the UM-Dearborn Lady Wolverines.

The Lady Wolverines will look to continue their hot streak this Saturday as they travel to Ohio to take on the University of Northwestern Ohio at 1 p.m.