By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
The UM-Dearborn women’s basketball team won two crucial games this week against Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) opponents. The beleaguered Wolverines gutted out two victories against quality teams.
On Wednesday the Wolverines traveled for their final time of the season as they faced off against the Northwestern Ohio Racers. The Wolverines kept the game close in the first quarter finding themselves down 22-19.
The second quarter saw very little scoring from both teams with the Racers holding the slight lead (34-24) going into halftime. The Wolverines took it to the Racers in the third quarter outscoring the Racers 24-8. The Wolverines took the 48-42 lead after three quarters and would not lose the momentum.
The Wolverines won the game 69-62. Sophomore Jeorgia Jones led the Wolverines with 10 points in the third quarter. She finished the game with 15 points including hitting five of seven from the free throw line. She also added six rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
Sophomore Sade Lemons led the team with 16 points including three shots from 3-point range. Lemons also had four rebounds and three assists.
Coach Jordan Sweeney said “Sade played well, got threes when we needed them.”
Junior Natalie Spala added 11 points and went seven of eight from the free throw line.
Senior Emily Heinrich led the team with seven rebounds, and senior Megan Swick hit three of four from downtown scoring 10 points.
The Racers were led in scoring by Emily Patton with 21 points and Cori Dickson with 16 points.
“We came out guns a blazing in the first quarter. We only scored five points in the second quarter. Played better in the second half, and better on the glass” Sweeney said.
The Wolverines returned home on Saturday as they welcomed in the Madonna University Crusaders at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse. The team had a score to settle with the Crusaders after their 74-65 loss earlier this season.
The Wolverines found themselves down by one point after the first quarter and down three points going into halftime. They found their stride in the third quarter scoring 21 points to just 10 points. This gave them a leading score of 54-46 at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was highly contested but the Wolverines finally won out with a score of 69-56. This gives the Wolverines a record of 8-20 overall and 3-16 in the WHAC.
Lemons led the team with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three steals. She was the leading lady for the Wolverines finding her groove and taking it to the Crusaders.
Junior Kendall Rose scored 14 points off the bench. Rose hit two shots from downtown and six of eight from the free throw line. Jeorgia Jones would not be stopped as she added 12 points of her own. She also had eight rebounds, and two assists.
“We were firing on all cylinders to start the game but struggled to get stops late in the first half. We clawed our way back into the game” Sweeney said. He went on to say “Marisa was really good off the bench, even though she only scored six points she gave us a great amount of energy.”
The Crusaders were led by Becca Sabol with 17 points and Lindsey Herndon who scored 15 points. The Wolverines were not fooled this time as they only allowed Herndon four made shots from 3-point range.
The Wolverines will play their final game of the season at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse as they welcome in Cornerstone University on Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. This will also be senior night to honor the Wolverines playing their last game.
“We will honor our departing seniors before the game then give great effort on every play” Sweeney said.