Seniors Andrea Collins, Jalissa Williams, Courtney Teets pose before basketball practice. (Rebecca Gallagher/MJ)
Seniors Andrea Collins, Jalissa Williams, Courtney Teets pose before basketball practice. (Rebecca Gallagher/MJ)
Seniors Andrea Collins, Jalissa Williams, Courtney Teets pose before basketball practice. (Rebecca Gallagher/MJ)

By VERONICA RATES, Staff Reporter

The weather is getting colder, fall classes are now settled and nearing the end, and thick coats are being brought out sooner than expected. There’s one more thing left that turns fall into winter.

Basketball season.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s basketball team is more than ready to get out onto the hardwood for their upcoming 2014-15 season.

“It’s still a balancing act,” head coach Dymetrius Ware said. “We’re trying to find the right chemistry, but overall I’m happy with the work ethic, the hustle and the hard work that the girls are putting in.”

The Wolverines will be without Danielle Cowart and Brittany Teets this year, but will be welcoming back five returning players, including senior Jalissa Williams, who was named Honorable Mention All-Conference by the WHAC last season.

Senior point guard Andrea Collins will bring quickness to the court, slashing through defenses while being a huge key in getting to the basket. Incoming freshman Megan Swick will be versatile with her ball handling and shooting ability, along with senior Courtney Teets, who will be a big leader on the floor and bring some key mid-range shooting to the squad.

JUCO player Bilquee Grant will be joining Williams in a dominant factor under the basket. After the lack of rebounding last year, Grant will snag a great deal boards for the Wolverines.

“We’re excited, we’re ready, we think we’re going to have a good season,” said Collins, who averaged 8.5 points per game last season. “And we got a lot of freshmen coming in that are going to be a good asset to the team with our seniors and our transfers that are coming in.”

There will be a lot of new faces in those maize and blue jerseys this season as eight new players will be suiting up, including sophomore Annie Deering, who is a transfer from Adrian College.

UM-Dearborn finished last year with a 4-24 overall record and 3-19 in the WHAC. The Wolverines will travel to Rochester College for their first game at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 28

“We will get better.” Is the motto for this year. This is an experienced team.” Ware said. “I think they’re very smart young ladies; this is a smart team, I think this is a team that’s going to represent the UM-Dearborn in a proud manner.”