Highlights from UM-Dearborn Athletics: February 2020
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Several of the Wolverine’s winter sports are winding down as national tournaments approach, but there are still home games on the calendar. For home games, admission is always free for UM-Dearborn students, faculty and staff.
The spring season is also ready to get underway with three programs preparing for Spring Break trips down south.
After a historic 2018-19 season, the UM-Dearborn women’s basketball team is right back in the thick of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament mix this season. UM-Dearborn has won three of four, including a 62-53 victory at Lourdes University on Wednesday to push the team’s record to 14-11 overall and 7-8 in the league. The Wolverines play three straight at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse, starting against Concordia University at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12, and concluding with Senior Night against No. 13 Indiana Tech on Feb. 19.
After a midseason lull, the men’s basketball team is back to its winning ways, including an upset win over No. 13 Lourdes University on the road Wednesday. UM-Dearborn rallied from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime. Senior Cody Kegley finished with a game-high 25 points and made three of his seven 3-pointers in overtime to lead the Wolverines to an 86-78 win. With five games left in the regular season, UM-Dearborn is 15-10 overall and 8-7 in the WHAC. The team returns home next week for three straight, starting against Concordia University at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse.
Women’s Ice Hockey
The UM-Dearborn women’s ice hockey team is in its first season of competition, but no one would know that by the performance the Wolverines have put forth so far in 2019-20. The team is an astounding 17-2 overall with three games left on the regular-season schedule and UM-Dearborn is ranked second in the ACHA D2 West Region. Wins over Michigan State University, Ohio State University and the University of Michigan (D1) have UM-Dearborn making plans not to just go to the national tournament, but to compete for the title. The Wolverines close the season with two games against Miami University-Ohio Feb. 21-22 at the UM-Dearborn Ice Arena.
Men’s Ice Hockey
The Wolverines are back in the mix at the top of the ACHA D1 rankings this season, currently sitting at No. 6 in the country with a handful of games remaining on the schedule. Heading into this past weekend, which included three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference games against Lawrence Tech, UM-Dearborn is at the top of the WHAC standings as the team is seeking its second straight regular season title. Men’s Ice Hockey concludes its regular season with three of the last four games at the UM-Dearborn Ice Arena, starting with two against Cleary University Feb. 14-15.
The second-year UM-Dearborn Men’s and Women’s Bowling programs recently closed the regular season and are preparing for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 22 in Fort Wayne, Ind. UM-Dearborn picked up two program firsts as Amanda Williams and Mark Bilancetti were both named WHAC Bowlers of the Week on Jan. 27 after a successful tournament in Pittsburgh.
The UM-Dearborn Softball team opened the 2020 season with six games in three days at the NAIA Leadoff Tournament Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 at The Dome in Rosemont, Ill., just outside of Chicago. The Wolverines went 2-4 on the trip as the team prepared for Spring Break to start later this month in Florida. Softball will travel to The Spring Games for 21 contests from Feb. 29 - March 11 in Kissimmee, Fla.
The UM-Dearborn Men’s Lacrosse team opened 2020 with a home game against Alma College Saturday at the Detroit Country Day Fieldhouse. The Wolverines will play one more home contest on Feb. 15 against Kalamazoo College before traveling to Savannah, Ga., for three games Feb. 29 - March 3.
The Wolverine baseball team, which surprised the rest of the WHAC in 2019, narrowly missing the league tournament in the program’s second year, while leading the conference in overall hitting, will open the spring portion of the 2020 season with three games against Robert Morris University-Illinois Feb. 22-23 in Florence, Ky. UM-Dearborn travels to Florida for Spring Break where the Wolverines play 11 games from Feb. 29 - March 7 starting in Auburndale.
Wellness Center Update
After more than a month of being closed, the UM-Dearborn Wellness Center at the Fieldhouse reopened its doors on Feb. 3 with new flooring throughout the workout areas. The new surface is a Mondo flooring, making the facility more workout friendly for the entire UM-Dearborn community.