BY HANNAH GENIG, SPORTS EDITOR
The University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s basketball team will feature lots of new faces this season as they prepare to improve on their (5-25 3-19 WHAC) record of last season.
Head coach Dymetrius Ware expects the team to simply get better each and every time they step on the court.
“We just want them to get better, learn and make adjustments from game to game to improve. More than anything, I want them to grow and become more basketball savvy,” Ware said.
With a team of five sophomores and seven freshmen, these athletes will have plenty of opportunity to grow and improve throughout their season.
According to coach Ware, the only downside of having this team dynamic is that they do not have the usual older, more experienced upperclassmen to connect the dots for the younger players. This will require some of the returning players to take on important leadership roles.
“Megan Swick will likely be our starting point guard. She’s been a leader all year and has really adapted to the new players well. Ashley Sandelin is another person that I’m expecting big things from and I think she will eventually get there. Olivia Hauser is definitely a top leader that we have on this team. She’s a very inspirational athlete who is constantly improving on her own individual skill,” Ware said.
A new set of athletes equates to a new set of talents, along with specific strengths and weaknesses. One crucial part to any sport is team chemistry — how the athletes work together both on and off the court.
“I think our team has an advantage because since we are all younger, our team chemistry is a lot stronger and we relate to each other a lot more. I can already see a big difference in the team communication this year than I experienced last year, and that is a key to having a strong team,” sophomore guard Ashley Sandelin said. “We might not have as much experience being a young team, but we are ready to take on the challenge and excited to start this new season!”
Despite the difficult season the team faced last year, the wolverines are eager and optimistic about this upcoming year and the competition they expect to face.
“This season as a team I hope for us to accomplish more wins than losses. We are a very dedicated team and put a lot of time into what we do and our goals,” said sophomore guard Megan Swick. “One of our cheers or motivation chants is, “WE WILL PLAY SMART. WE WILL PLAY HARD. WE ARE WOLVERINES!” Wherever we go and whoever we play we will always play with our hearts and our love for the game.”
The women’s basketball team is hard at work to prepare for their first game on Nov. 6, against Roosevelt University.