Ware 4By JORDAN KONIOR, Staff Reporter

Like a pound of steak on the grill during a barbecue on a cool summer night, the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s basketball team is marinated and ready to eat for the 2014-2015 season.

Following a disappointing showing last season, the Lady Wolverines are ready to have a bounce back year under Second-year Head Coach, Dymetrius Ware.

UM-Dearborn opens up its season at Rochester College on October 28 at 5:30 p.m. On November 1 at 1 p.m., the Lady Wolverines have their home opener vs. the Cougars of Spring Arbor University.

Ware has a couple of plans up his sleeve for the Lady Wolverines and fans for the season opener, which he would like to keep disclosed and private for the time being.

The Lady Wolverines will get a chance to celebrate and enjoy life as a team when they travel to Chicago, Ill., to take on Roosevelt University on November 5.

“My vision is to leave on November 4, to travel and let the ladies enjoy the night in downtown Chicago,” Ware said. “I do not believe in traveling four hours to play a big game, it puts our team at a disadvantage.”

This is one of three games that the Lady Wolverines will get to enjoy on the big stage, as Roosevelt University is one of the premier teams in the NAIA.

The other two big time non-conference games are on November 18, when the Lady Wolverines will travel to downtown Detroit, to take on the Lady Warriors of Wayne State University.

Then on December 1, the Lady Wolverines will travel to Findlay, Ohio, to take on the Oilers of Findlay University. Both of these games are significant for the Lady Wolverines as they are non-conference games at the NCAA Division II GLIAC level. Exposure at its finest, to say the least.

Confidence is something that is key to success, and this year with the three headed-monster and senior trio captaincy of Andrea Collins, Courtney Teets, and Jalissa Williams, the Lady Wolverines are ready for the road ahead.

“I believe we are a playoff team this year,” said Ware. “We are a seventh or eighth seed in the WHAC, depending on the play of senior point guard and floor general Andrea Collins.”

Collins and Williams like their team’s chances at squeezing into the WHAC playoffs.

“We will be in the playoffs this season, quote me on that,” said Collins.

“We will have a winning season and we will make the playoffs,” added Williams.

Ware had a great summer with Lady Wolverines, and as a result, they have bought into his system and coaching philosophies.

One of his biggest coaching philosophies and beliefs being that, “in order to run you have to walk.” This means that in order to be a conference contender, they must first beat the big names in the conference such as Cornerstone, Davenport and Madonna.

“I’m looking forward to facing Davenport this season because we haven’t beat them yet and we want to prove to this conference that we can win no matter the competition,” Williams said.

As for Andrea Collins, she wears her heart and confidence on her sleeve, and you can see that when talking to her.

“I think that our schedule is pretty tough,” Collins said. “Our conference games will be tough but I think we will shock the conference as a whole. We have a lot of young talent, and our potential is endless.”