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UM-Dearborn drops opener in OT to Midway

UM-Dearborn drops opener in OT to Midway

DEARBORN, Mich. - The University of Michigan-Dearborn women's basketball team opened the 2017-18 season against Midway University in a nonconference matchup Wednesday at the UM-Dearborn, Fieldhouse.

UM-Dearborn rallied from a late deficit in the first half, sparked by a 3-pointer at the buzzer from junior Natalie Spala (JR/Livonia, MI) to trim the Eagle halftime lead to six. The Wolverines hit seven shots from deep in the second half building a late lead. With nine seconds to play in regulation, senior Megan Swick (SR/Grosse Ile, Mich.) grabbed a defensive rebound, was fouled and went to the line for a pair of free throws to put the Wolverines on top 70-67.

On the last Midway possession of regulation, Kelsee Kinder went up for a 3-pointer for the Eagles and was fouled. She hit all three free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to tie the score. The Wolverines did get a good look at a game winner, but a layup from Jeorgia Jones (SO/Detroit, MI) missed the mark, sending the contest to overtime. The Wolverines were outscored 8-2 in the extra frame, falling 78-72.

The loss drops UM-Dearborn to 0-1 to start the season.

Jeorgia Jones led the Wolverines with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Swick added 15 points, including three makes from deep. In her Wolverine debut, sophomore transfer Sade Lemons (SO/Sterling Heights, MI) scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Junior Kendall Rose (JR/Canton, MI) recorded six points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Wolverines shot 24-of-73 from the field, 13-of-41 from deep and 11-of-24 from the free-throw line.

UM-Dearborn returns to action against Wright State-Lake at 7 pm Thursday at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse.