Justin Armantis, Guest Writer
On the final night of the regular season against the Cornerstone University Golden Eagles (16-13) on Valentine’s Day, the University of Michigan-Dearborn women’s basketball team honored its seniors for Senior Night in an emotional pregame ceremony. After loud ovations at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse for graduating seniors Olivia Hauser, Lauron Sanders, Meredith Williams, Megan Swick, Marisa Sauve, and Bri Alspaugh, the Wolverines were determined to go out on a high note.
Coach Jordan Sweeney said “it was great to honor our seniors before the game some of whom have been with us for all four years.”
In the first half, the Wolverines stormed the floor with passion and emotion, fighting for loose balls at every opportunity and attacking the rim with relentless fury. With just over a minute left in the half, Wolverine junior guard Natalie Spala was called for a questionable travel call while up by two points. The Golden Eagles tied the game before Spala hit a deep three-pointer. She grabbed an offensive rebound on the ensuing drive and put it in to head to the last halftime of the season leading 42-37.
After a 12-0 run in the third quarter by the Golden Eagles, the Wolverines entered the final quarter of their season down by two points. With just over two minutes to play in the game, the Golden Eagles hit a long three-pointer to take a 65-64 lead. Senior guard Williams, who played all 40 minutes in her final game as a Wolverine, hit a transition jumper to put her team up 66-65. A strong defensive effort in the final moments sealed the one-point victory on Senior Night.
Sophomore Jeorgia Jones led the Wolverines with 22 points and 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double and sophomore Sade Lemons added 16 points and five rebounds. Spala contributed 15 points, four assists, and three rebounds while Williams finished with nine points, five assists, three rebounds, and one steal.
“Jeorgia Jones, Sade Lemons, Natalie Spala, and Meredith williams made up most of the scoring for our team” coach Sweeney said.
The Wolverines moved the ball with urgency all night and worked extremely well as a team to finish their season on a three-game win streak. They end the season with a 9-20 record but will enter next season with momentum.
“We won the game so that’s good” coach Sweeney said about the Cornerstone game.