GAME 29: MARYGROVE (2-26; 0-21 WHAC) vs. MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (3-24; 2-19 WHAC)
Saturday, February 22 | 1 p.m.
Northwest Activities Center | Detroit, Mich.
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Marygrove Women's Basketball – Game 29
Marygrove and the University of Michigan-Dearborn have met 13 times since their first encounter during the 2005-06 season. Since that time, the Mustangs are 4-9 overall against the Wolverines and 0-3 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference meetings. The Mustangs won the inaugural meeting in an 87-73 rout on Nov. 15, 2006.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
The Mustangs arrived to the gym late and never fully adjusted to the game when they visited Dearborn on Dec. 4. The Wolverines attacked early and often en route to a 71-37 victory over the Mustangs. The 37-point total is tied for the Mustangs' second lowest point output of the season. The Mustangs could not stop the Wolverines' Jalissa Williams and Danielle Cowart as the pair tallied 27 and 20 points, respectively. Ciara Moore paced the Mustangs with 14 points, while Raeha Weaver added nine.
A LOOK AT THE WOLVERINES
The Wolverines are led by center Jalissa Williams and guard Danielle Cowart. Williams posts 16.5 points per game and corralls 10.5 rebounds per contest to lead the Wolverines in both areas. The center ranks in the NAIA Div. II Top-50 in eight categories on her own. Cowart chimes in at 10.8 points per game and leads the Maize & Blue in three pointers made with 43. Brittany Teets rounds out the double-digit scorers for the Wolverines at 10 points per game.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
The inside-out game of Cowart and Williams combined for 47 points in the Dec. 4 meeting earlier this season -- 10 more points than the Mustangs produced as a team. This time around, the Mustangs will look to stymie the pair of Wolverines as they hope to send the seniors out winners Saturday. Freshman forward Breomi Jackson, improving as the season goes on, will be looked upon to slow down Williams.
NAIA TOP 50 RANKINGS
The Mustangs are ranked among the NAIA's Div. II Top-50 in three categories according to the association's official statistics site. As a team, the Mustangs rank 15th in offensive rebounds per game (15.4), 27th in total steals (272), and 34th in steals per game (9.7). The Mustangs are second in the WHAC in total steals and steals per game, and third in offensive rebounds per game.
THANK YOU SENIORS!
The Mustangs' six seniors: Arielle Edwards, Candice Minus, Ciara Moore, Kaitlyn Pusey, Anastasia Smith and Adrienne Weaver, will be honored Saturday (Feb. 22) on Senior Day 2014 inside Detroit's Northwest Activities Center. The six seniors career's will be celebrated during a brief ceremony that will take place five minutes before the men's 3 p.m. game against UM-Dearborn. The most in a single class in recent history, the six seniors time while donning the Marygrove Green & Gold ranges from one-year of participation to four years of experience.
"We want to send the seniors out with a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) win," said Covington. "It's no secret the upperclassmen has endured tough seasons while the program rebuilds. With that said, this group deserves to go out winners Saturday because of their ongoing commitment to the program during the rebuild phase. The group of seniors that will end their college playing careers this weekend will remain close to our hearts for years to come. Their impact on the team, and community as a whole, has been special to watch over the years. Regardless of the outcome, this group should hold their head high as they walk off the NWAC floor Saturday."
WINLESS IN THE WHAC?
At 0-21 in conference play, the Mustangs will look to avoid going 0-22 for the second year in a row. Since joining the the difficult Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference in 2012, the Mustangs are 0-43 in conference play and 3-10 outside of WHAC action.
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