UM-Dearborn women’s basketball season-in-review: Williams, others wrap up Wolverine career; freshmen trio see significant playing time

By RICKY LINDSAY, Sports Editor

The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s basketball season is over.

The Wolverines finished 5-25 in a roller coaster 2014-2015 season, improving their win total by one from last year.

Jalissa Williams shined this season, wrapping up her spectacular four-year career at UM-Dearborn by becoming one of the best players in program history. She earned All-WHAC honors after averaging 23.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game and netting her 1,500th career point in February.

Williams totaled 13 double-doubles this season and ranked amongst prolific players in NAIA Division-II until a mid-season knee injury cost her seven games.

Williams was not the lone Wolverine bringing home seasonal hardware. Senior guards Andrea Collins and Evie Cramton, junior forward Teia McGahey and Williams earned All-Academic honors. Senior forward Courtney Teets was one of 12 players named to the WHAC’s Champions of Character team.

UM-Dearborn had one of its best starts in recent years, entering December with two wins for the first time since the 2008 season. However, the roller coaster’s descent began as the Wolverines struggled through the midseason stretch.

An overtime win over Rochester College on Dec. 27 snapped a 10-game losing streak, but another 10-game losing streak followed. The Wolverines did not win a game in January, going 0-8.

UM-Dearborn finished the season on a strong note, grabbing two wins, including a senior-night victory against Indiana Tech.

The Wolverines had two measuring-stick games in the 2014-2015 season: road contests vs. NCAA Division-II teams Wayne State and Findlay. UM-Dearborn lost both games.

UM-Dearborn retains a majority of its roster after losing four seniors. But replacing Williams will not be easy.

True freshmen Megan Swick, Olivia Hauser and Marisa Sauve logged at least 26 games played, headlined by Swick’s 22 starts. Sauve led all freshmen with 5.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Swick followed suit with 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

In her first season with UM-Dearborn, Billie Grant averaged 6.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. She leads all returnees in both categories and, barring a transfer, will be the Wolverines’ lone senior next season.

Ricky Lindsay

Ricky Lindsay was the Editor-in-Chief of The Michigan Journal during the 2015-2016 academic year. He has been a staff favorite over the years for his work. Ricky served as Sports Editor for two years before becoming Editor-in-Chief. He covered University of Michigan football for four years and was an advocate for UM-Dearborn involvement.