DEARBORN, Mich. -- On Tuesday (Jan. 29), the Mustangs were forced to play a different brand after hitting the hardwood without the program's all-time scoring leader Keara Marks (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance). D0 espite losing 17 points and seven rebounds per game, the Mustangs came out firing on all cylinders before eventually falling to the Wolves of Michigan-Dearborn, 75-64.
Taking a 31-28 lead into the halftime break, the Mustangs were paced by Arielle Edwards (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills) and Elisha Major (Flint, Mich./Flushing) with 11 and 10 points respectively in the first stanza. The pair helped the Mustangs to a strong half that saw the Mustangs sink all seven of their charity stripe tosses compared to none for the Wolves.
In the second half, Edwards would continue her strong play of late by posting a final stat line of 21 points and 12 rebounds. The double-double, coupled with a block, was a career effort for the sophomore that is catching fire at the end of the season.
The 21-point effort was the third straight 20-plus point game and second double-double in three outings for Edwards.
Jessica Niemi (Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek) would help keep things close late by tallying a career-high 15 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four steals in the narrow conference setback.
Ciara Moore (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern) and Major finished with 12 and 11 points respectively.
The loss drops the Mustangs to 0-16 in WHAC play and 2-21 overall. The Wolves move to 6-10 in the WHAC and 7-15 overall.
Without Marks, the Mustangs were down to seven players to use throughout Tuesday's conference tilt.
Tomorrow (Jan. 30), the Mustang will host the Saints of Aquinas College for the second half of a weeknight back-to-back schedule. Game time is slated for 6:00 p.m. inside Highland Park's Ford Field House.