Junior Maricela Macias drives to the basket. Photo//UM-Dearborn Athletics

Lawrence Tech 63, UM-Dearborn 50

The UM-Dearborn women’s basketball team dropped their opening round game of the WHAC Postseason Tournament to the Lawrence Tech Blue Raiders 63-50, ending their 2019-2020 season. The Blue Raiders jumped out to a 21-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

Junior Mariah Taylor was the team’s leading scorer with 16 points and four rebounds off the bench. Senior Sade Lemons had a rough go of it from the field (4-19), but totaled nine points and pulled down nine rebounds in her final game in the Maize and Blue. Junior Cydney Williams totaled eight points and nine rebounds, while junior Lauryn Carroll scored nine off the bench. 

The Wolverines struggled from the field (19-66) and from beyond the arc (5-24) and had double the amount of Blue Raiders’ turnovers with 16. LTU capitalized with 18 points off the turnovers and made their money in the paint, outscoring UM-Dearborn 36-22. 

Season Recap: 

With the 2019-2020 UM-Dearborn Women’s Basketball now in the rearview, it is time to take a look back on the season.

Final Record: 17-14 overall, 10-10 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play

The Season in Numbers
2- The number of senior leaders on the 2019-2020 team. Sade Lemons and Laekyn Jaciuk combined to play in 113 games for the Wolverines and were a part of two of the winningest teams in program history during their three years with the program. 

4- This season was Jordan Sweeney’s fourth campaign as head coach. Since taking over at the helm in 2016, Sweeney went from seven and nine wins in his first two years to a record of 41-21 in the past two years. 

10- The number of WHAC conference wins earned by the team this season, highlighted by upset wins over Siena Heights and Northwestern Ohio. 

17- The number of wins reached by the team this year (17-14). The win total is second-most in program history, only eclipsed by last year’s team that totaled 24 wins. 

32- The number of blocks team leader Rachael Bause totaled on the year. 

33- The number of steals team leader Mariah Taylor amassed on the year. 

56- Number of threes long-range assassin Mariah Taylor knocked down this season.  

99- Number of assists the team leader Ro’Zhane Wells earned on the season. Wells may have 99 problems, but getting an assist ain’t one. 

134-Number of rebounds team leader Ro’Zhane Wells secured on the season. 

258- Number of points team leader Mariah Taylor compiled for the 2019-2020 season. Taylor was recognized for her great season with All-WHAC Second Team Honors. 

Season Totals: 

Points:

  1. Mariah Taylor: 258
  2. Ro’Zhane Wells: 245
  3. Sade Lemons 184

Assists: 

  1. Ro’Zhane Wells: 99
  2. Lauryn Carroll: 38
  3. Mariah Taylor 30

Rebounds:

  1. Ro’Zhane Wells: 134 
  2. Rachel Bause: 129
  3. Cydney Williams: 92

Steals:

  1. Mariah Taylor: 33
  2. Ro’Zhane Wells: 26
  3. Lauryn Carroll: 23

Blocks:

  1. Rachel Bause: 32
  2. Cydney Williams: 18
  3. Kayla Knight: 16 

Honorees: 

  • Ro’Zhane Wells: All-WHAC First Team, All-WHAC Defensive Team
  • Mariah Taylor: All-Conference Second Team
  • Kayla Knight: Champions of Character Team

Key Departures: 

-Senior Sade Lemons: 11.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg

-Senior Laekyn Jaciuk: 10.8 ppg

Key Returnees: 

-Junior point guard Ro’Zhane Wells: 11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.6 apg

-Junior guard Mariah Taylor: 12.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg

-Junior guard Lauryn Carroll: 9.4 ppg 

-Junior forward Cydney Williams: 8.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.2 bpg

-Junior guard Maricela Macias: 7 ppg

-Freshman center Rachel Bause: 4.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2 bpg

-Junior forward Kayla Knight: 4.7 ppg

In what was another impressive season for UM-Dearborn, the Wolverines will feel the losses of senior leaders Sade Lemons and Laekyn Jaciuk next year. The two combined to play in 113 games wearing the Maize and Blue and were a part of two of the winningest seasons in program history.

UM-Dearborn will return four out of their five starters and all of their key contributors from the bench. Stat-sheet stuffer Ro’Zhane Wells, x-factor Mariah Taylor, Cydney Williams, Lauryn Carroll, and Kayla Knight will lead a senior-laden team next season. Factor in the growth down the stretch from freshmen Rachael Bause and AJ Fullerton and next year’s team has the makings of a darkhorse for the WHAC Conference Title.