By JERAMY STOVER, Sports Editor
Kendall Rose achieved a first for her young career. Unfortunately it wasn’t the first she was hoping for.
The freshman recorded her first career double-double, scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds, as the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s basketball team fell to Concordia 69-51 Saturday.
This leaves the Wolverines (0-15, 0-8 Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference) seeking their first win of the season with just 11 games to be played.
Concordia (9-5, 4-4 WHAC) raced out to a 30-15 lead at the half. And even with a valiant effort, the young Wolverines could not muster a comeback in the final two quarters.
“The girls played hard, they played very hard. We tried to be a little bit more aggressive defensively and it looked good to a certain extent obviously it needs to get better,” head coach Dymetrius Ware said. “I think we got to do a better job at keeping them focused as far as just not getting down on themselves sometimes.”
Staying focused seemed to be a common theme to the game.
The Wolverines shot 22.4 percent from the field in the game, and just 14.3 percent in the first half.
Rose echoed her coach’s call for staying focused and attributed that to the rough shooting display her team put on.
“I would say (shooting) was probably lack of focus. We were so concerned with getting to the free throw line, that we were throwing the ball up hoping to get fouled rather than actually trying to make shots,” Rose said.
UM-Dearborn struggled to make shots most noticeably near the basket. The short range jump shots and open lay-ups didn’t fall enough for the Wolverines to build momentum. It was noticed by Ware on the sideline as well.
“We track our inside shots and our outside shots, and we got to do better with our inside shots. The easier ones, we got to finish better,” Ware said. “They’ve got to keep growing and we’ve got to keep growing.”
Marisa Sauve contributed with six points and 10 rebounds. It was the third time this season that Sauve has recorded double-digit rebounds.
While Rose admitted that getting a double-double does build her confidence, she hopes that soon it will be everyone’s confidence that will receive a boost.
“I wish we would have been able to get that first win. I think winning a game will boost not just mine but everyone’s confidence and renew some of the energy going forward,” Rose said.
UM-Dearborn will look to get that first win when it hosts Lawrence Tech University on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 5:30p.m.