Site: Dearborn, Mich. (UMD Field House)
Score: UM-Dearborn 62, Madonna 56
Records: MU (10-7, 6-4 WHAC), UMD (5-11, 4-6 WHAC)
Next MU event: Saturday, Jan. 12 – vs. Aquinas (Activities Center) – 1 p.m.
DEARBORN, Mich. – Despite four players in double figures the Madonna University women's basketball team could not overcome poor shooting from the floor and fell by a 62-56 final to UM-Dearborn on Wednesday night (Jan. 9) at the UMD Field House in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference game.
Senior forward Kaylee McGrath (Livonia, Mich. / Stevenson) led the Crusaders with 16 points to go along with 11 points from senior guard Shantelle Herring (Macomb, Mich. / Dakota) and 10 a piece from senior guard Michelle Lindsey (Bloomfield, Mich. / Marian Catholic) and sophomore guard Rachel Melcher (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Marian Catholic). Melcher led MU with eight rebounds off the bench.
The first half saw five ties and four lead changes as neither side could amass a lead of more than six points. The Crusaders fell behind 6-0 over the first 2:45 but rallied using a 13-7 run to tie the game at 13-all with 12:39 to go. Herring accounted for seven of those points with Lindsey adding five markers.
MU and UMD traded baskets until McGrath gave MU its final lead of the half, 23-22, after making a pair of free throws with 6:32 remaining.
Kelly Defauw broke a 27-all tie with a pair of baskets and Danielle Cowart sank a jumper with 13 seconds left to send UMD into the locker room up six, 33-27.
UMD shot 44 percent (15-for-34) from the floor in the first half compared to 28 percent (11-for-39) for MU.
The Wolves maintained their lead early in the second half and held a 41-35 lead with 16:03 left. The Crusaders then went on an 11-2 run over the ensuing 4:44 to take a 46-43 lead. Melcher accounted for four points during the run with Lindsey and McGrath adding scores before senior Heather Pratt (Flushing, Mich. / Flushing) capped the run with a 3-pointer.
The Crusaders' lead ballooned to as many as six, 51-45, after a Herring jumper and a Melcher triple with 9:09 to go.
UMD went on a 10-3 run to go back in front by one, 55-54, and 4:07 left. The Wolves were able to hold off the Crusaders – who missed five of their final six shots from the floor – in taking the 62-56 win.
Alicia Cook and Cowart led UMD with 16 points apiece off the bench for UMD. Senneca Scott added 10 markers, also coming off the bench as the UMD reserves out scored MU's reserves 42-10.
The Crusaders return home for a brief one-game homestand on Saturday (Jan. 12), hosting Aquinas in a 1 p.m. tip-off at the Activities Center. The game is the front half of a double header with the MU men's team.
Contact: Patrick Moore (734) 432-5834
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