By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
The UM-Dearborn women’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds to the Siena Heights Saints (56-54). This drops the Wolverines 6-7 overall and 1-13 in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference.
The Wolverines were consistent all throughout the game, scoring double figures every quarter.
Coach Jordan sweeney said “we were really locked in and prepared, came out guns a blazing. It was disappointing because we played good enough to win.”
They were up 14-6 after the first quarter, but then the Saints started to score points and were only down 27-17 at the half.
After halftime,the Saints found a way to score 21 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth, narrowly edging out the Wolverines.
The Wolverines were led by sophomore Jeorgia Jones with 15 points. Jones also had five rebounds, two assists, and a block. She also made five of her seven free throws she attempted.
Sophomore Sade Lemons was nipping at Jones’ heels as she scored 14 points including making four from downtown. Lemons also added three rebounds, an assist, and she was perfect from the free throw line going two for two.
Senior Meredith Williams outplayed all the Wolverines, recording 36 minutes in the game. Williams did not score much–only getting two points. She did lead the team with 10 rebounds and five steals.
The Saints were led by Haley Hoffman with 13 points, and Azalea Miller and Taylar McNeal who each chipped in with 11 points.
The Wolverines also played at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse on Wednesday as they took on the Rochester College Warriors. The Warriors took it to the Wolverines early and often as they won 60-45.
“We need to get over that hump, in stretches we have been able to compete with everyone in our league” Sweeney said.
The Wolverines couldn’t get much to fall through the basket in the first half as they scored three points in the first quarter, and nine points in the second. The Wolverines were without Jeorgia Jones for most of the first half as she got two fouls in the first two minutes of the game.
“We were able to bring in Emily (Heinrich) and she gives us different options. She is able to set up the girl’s for different looks and set them up for 3’s” Sweeney said.
Freshman Chloe Godbold finally got the Wolverines on the board as she hit a 3-pointer with 2:52 to go in the first quarter. The Wolverines were in foul trouble early and had to dig their way out as they committed 18 fouls in the game.
In the second half, the Wolverines seemed to have a renewed effort and took it to the Warriors. The Wolverine fans were much louder in the third and fourth quarters with members of the UM-Dearborn softball, lacrosse, and hockey team in attendance.
The Wolverines were edging closer as the third quarter ended with the score 47-24. The fourth quarter was the best of the game as the Wolverines got red hot and hit five from downtown.
Chloe Godbold led the team with 13 points off the bench. Godbold hit three from 3-point range, two rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
“Chloe has been up and down, she is learning to play at the college level as a freshman. She is finally starting to adjust to play at the speed of college level” Seeney said.
Senior Megan Swick added nine points of her own off the bench. Swick made three from 3-point range, had four rebounds, and three assists.
“Megan makes open shots, and was able to knock in two or three in the final minutes” Sweeney said.
Sade Lemons led the team with 11 rebounds.
The Wolverines as a team had a miserable 25.8 percent shooting average–only hitting 16 of 62 and 7 of 21 from 3-point range. The Wolverines also had a disappointing day from the free throw line only making 6 of their 12 attempts.
The Warriors were led by Rio Dudgeon with 15 points and Allyssa Copley with 13 points.
The Wolverines will now rest and wait until Wednesday as they will travel to take on No. 20 Lawrence Technological University at 6 p.m.
“We will need to play very good defense. If we play four quarters like our last game against them we will win” coach Sweeney said about the upcoming game against the Blue Devils.