Courtney Teets makes a pass during the Lady Wolverines season opener against Rochester. (Amanda Gosline/MJ)
Courtney Teets makes a pass during the Lady Wolverines season opener against Rochester. (Amanda Gosline/MJ)
Courtney Teets makes a pass during the Lady Wolverines season opener against Rochester. (Amanda Gosline/MJ)

By VERONICA RATES, Staff Reporter

Every season has its heartbreak game, and for the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s basketball team, it came early this year.

The Wolverines traveled to Roosevelt University (Chicago, Ill.) on Nov. 5 and were handed a gut-wrenching 55-53 loss.

With Roosevelt up by two with seven seconds left in the game, UM-Dearborn set up one last play: a last-second shot at the top of the key that fell short.

“It was a really hard loss for us because it was definitely a game that we could have won,” said senior guard Courtney Teets. “It would have been a really big win for us. It was a missed opportunity, but still a learning experience. Now we know that we just need to get back in the gym and work harder.”

Teets finished with seven points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Senior Jalissa Williams snagged her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Roosevelt took a 9-point lead early in the first half, but the Wolverines were able to come back, making it a 28-24 game at halftime.

“We need to be a little bit better on capitalizing on mistakes that other teams make,” said head coach Dymetrius Ware. “When other teams make mistakes we have to do a better job of scoring off of them.”

Free throws were also a huge factor. The Wolverines shot 4-for-13 on free throws compared to Roosevelt’s 11-for-18 mark.

Now 1-2 on the young season, UM-Dearborn returns to action Nov. 14 at home against Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The Wolverines face Lourdes on the road Nov. 15 for their first conference game of the year.