Sophomore Liv Hauser prepares to attack the basket during season opener against Roosevelt University. (Hannah Genig/MJ)
Junior Takesha Clark rushes past the defense in the season opener against Roosevelt University. (Hannah Genig/MJ)
Junior Takesha Clark rushes past the defense in the season opener against Roosevelt University. (Hannah Genig/MJ)

BY HANNAH GENIG, SPORTS EDITOR

Basketball season has officially commenced for the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s team.

Despite losing the season opener Friday night against Roosevelt University, the team has an optimistic glow to them, even more so than last season.

“The way we play this year is completely different compared to last year. It’s a different game,” said sophomore Liv Hauser. “This is only game one. We’ll continue to build each other up throughout the season.”

For being game one of many, the girls sure showed their aggressiveness on the court, despite the first game nervousness.

“We’re a young team and we came out a little nervous,” said sophomore Megan Swick, “but we do have much better team chemistry this year, which includes pushing each other in practice and helping each other more. That’ll definitely help us in games.”

It comes as no o that returning all-star sophomores Swick and Marisa Sauve led the scoring game with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Freshman Kendall Rose made quite the impression in her first collegiate game with her contribution of 10 points, as well as six rebounds and two blocks.

Another athlete that stood out in particular was junior transfer Takesha Clark. Even though she is new to the team, she has the opportunity to take on a leadership role with her experience and skill.

According to Clark, she hopes to help keep her teammates motivated as she learns more about the team and becomes more comfortable within the group.

Head coach Dymetrius Ware is hopeful that the team can improve on crucial aspects of the game throughout the season. “Everything is going to be a learning experience for the first few games,” said Ware.

“The game that we intended on playing against Wayne State didn’t work out and that was supposed to be our first exhibition game. Not having that game put us a little bit behind schedule, but there’s no excuse for not doing a better job at the free throw line.”